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GAO Issues Report on DOE's Environmental Cleanup Decision-Making
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's environmental cleanup decision-making. The report (GAO-19-339) is titled "Environmental Liabilities: DOE Would Benefit from Incorporating Risk-Informed Decision-Making into Its Cleanup Policy".

The report was sent to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal cross-cutting environmental requirements that apply to drinking water infrastructure projects financed by loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds program. The report (GAO-20-77R) is titled "Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Limited Information Available on State or Local Requirements That Are Equivalent to Federal Cross-Cutting Environmental Requirements".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Hardrock Mining Financial Assurance
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the value and adequacy of financial assurances that mining operators have provided to the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to guarantee estimated reclamation costs. The report (GAO-19-436R) is titled "Hardrock Mining: BLM and Forest Service Hold Billions in Financial Assurances, but More Readily Available Information Could Assist with Monitoring".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOE's Environmental Cleanup Decision-Making
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's environmental cleanup decision-making. The report (GAO-19-339) is titled "Environmental Liabilities: DOE Would Benefit from Incorporating Risk-Informed Decision-Making into Its Cleanup Policy".

The report was sent to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Environmental Justice Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal environmental justice efforts. The report (GAO-19-543) is titled "Environmental Justice: Federal Efforts Need Better Planning, Coordination, and Methods to Assess Progress".

The report was sent to Sen. Bernard Sanders, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Sept. 16. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Most of the 16 agencies that are members of the interagency ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Marine Corps' Civilian Personnel Budget Management
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Marine Corps' management of its civilian personnel budget. The report (GAO-20-148) is titled "Civilian Personnel: Additional Guidance and Consistent Data Reporting Could Help Improve the Marine Corps' Budget Management".

The report was sent to GrijalvaSen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Louisiana, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Health Effects from Chemicals in Stored Natural Gas
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the health and environmental effects of activities at natural gas storage sites. The report (GAO-20-167) is titled "Natural Gas Storage: Actions Needed to Assess Inspection Workload and Progress toward Safety Outcomes".

The report was sent to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, on Oct. 16. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In 2018, the U.S. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Maternal & Child Home Visiting Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program's maintenance of effort requirement. The report (GAO-19-645) is titled "Maternal and Child Home Visiting Program: HHS Determined That States Generally Met the Maintenance of Effort Requirement".

The report was sent to Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, and Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, on Sept. 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Costs to Administer Work Requirements in Approved Medicaid Demonstrations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on states' estimates of administrative costs to implement work requirements in approved Medicaid demonstrations. The report (GAO-20-149) is titled "Medicaid Demonstrations: Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Oversight of Costs to Administer Work Requirements".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Oct. 1. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on FEMA Wildfire Response, Recovery Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the assistance Federal Emergency Management Agency provided to jurisdictions in response to major disaster declarations stemming from wildfires from 2015 through 2018. The report (GAO-20-5) is titled "Wildfire Disasters: FEMA Could Take Additional Actions to Address Unique Response and Recovery Challenges".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Spending for Disposable Wound Care Devices in Home Health
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicare home health utilization and spending for disposable negative pressure wound therapy devices. The report (GAO-20-42) is titled "Medicare: Spending on Certain Disposable Wound Care Devices in Home Health".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Succession Planning Policies at VA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on succession planning policies and guidance at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The report (GAO-20-15) is titled "Department of Veterans Affairs: Improved Succession Planning Would Help Address Long-Standing Workforce Problems".

The report was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman, and Rep. David P. Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, on ... Show Full Article