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GAO Issues Report on Civilian Marksmanship Program
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on matters related to the transfer and subsequent sale of the surplus Army firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The report (GAO-19-555R) is titled "Civilian Marksmanship Program: Army Funded Report Addresses Various Aspects of the Sale of Surplus Firearms".

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

GAO Issues Report on Defense Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's management of historic properties in use on U.S. installations. The report (GAO-19-335) is titled "Defense Infrastructure: Additional Actions Could Enhance DOD's Efforts to Identify, Evaluate, and Preserve Historic Properties".

The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran's Affairs, and Related Agencies, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Administration's effectiveness and efficiency in reaching determinations of conveyable condition. The report (GAO-19-517) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Improved Procedures and Assessment Could Increase Efficiency of Foreclosed Property Conveyances".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Administration's effectiveness and efficiency in reaching determinations of conveyable condition. The report (GAO-19-517) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Improved Procedures and Assessment Could Increase Efficiency of Foreclosed Property Conveyances".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foster Care
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on supervised independent living arrangements and services for older youth. The report (GAO-19-411) is titled "Foster Care: States with Approval to Extend Care Provide Independent Living Options for Youth up to Age 21".

The report was sent to Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on May 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The 26 states that have approval ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Land, Water Conservation Fund
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The report (GAO-19-346) is titled "Land and Water Conservation Fund: Variety of Programs Supported, but Improvements in Data Collection Needed at BLM".

The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on May 31. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "From fiscal years 2014 through 2018, Congress appropriated nearly $1.9 billion from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Commercial Crew Program
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the the extent to which the Commercial Crew Program and its contractors have made progress towards certification. The report (GAO-19-504) is titled "NASA Commercial Crew Program: Schedule Uncertainty Persists for Start of Operational Missions to the International Space Station".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Human Space Exploration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on NASA's human space exploration programs. The report (GAO-19-377) is titled "NASA Human Space Exploration: Persistent Delays and Cost Growth Reinforce Concerns over Management of Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, ranking member of the House Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Human Space Exploration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on NASA's human space exploration programs. The report (GAO-19-377) is titled "NASA Human Space Exploration: Persistent Delays and Cost Growth Reinforce Concerns over Management of Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, ranking member of the House Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's oversight of Veterans Integrated Service Networks. The report (GAO-19-462) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Regional Networks Need Improved Oversight and Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities".

The report was sent to Rep. Julia Brownley, D-California, chair, Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on Health, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio,on June 19. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the number of districts that reported all zeros or that left fields blank pertaining to restraint and seclusion. The report (GAO-19-551R) is titled "K-12 Education: Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data".

The report was sent to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Weapons
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Nuclear Security Administration's high explosive capabilities specific to nuclear weapons. The report (GAO-19-449) is titled "Nuclear Weapons: Additional Actions Could Help Improve Management of Activities Involving Explosive Materials".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen.Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Transitioning Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Military Employment Assistance Centers. The report (GAO-19-438R) is titled "Transitioning Servicemembers: Information on Military Employment Assistance Centers".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on June 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Data Protection
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' actions to ensure the effectiveness of agencies' remote identity proofing processes. The report (GAO-19-288) is titled "Data Protection: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Online Identity Verification Processes".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Retirement
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on potential improvements in federal retirement processing at the Office of Personnel Management. The report (GAO-19-217) is titled "Federal Retirement: OPM Actions Needed to Improve Application Processing Times".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Army Corps of Engineers
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes funding for Section 219 projects. The report (GAO-19-487) is titled "Army Corps of Engineers: Process for Selecting Section 219 Projects for Funding Could Be Strengthened".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tobacco Taxes
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the market shifts among smoking tobacco products. The report (GAO-19-467) is titled "Tobacco Taxes: Market Shifts toward Lower-Taxed Products Continue to Reduce Federal Revenue".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Large federal excise tax disparities among similar tobacco products after enactment of the Children's Health ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Real Property
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Department of Veterans Affairs incorporates veterans' changing needs and expectations into facility planning. The report (GAO-19-440) is titled "VA Real Property: Improvements in Facility Planning Needed to Ensure VA Meets Changes in Veterans' Needs and Expectations".

The report was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Climate Resilience
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's progress in developing a means to account for potentially damaging weather in its facilities project designs. The report (GAO-19-453) is titled "Climate Resilience: DOD Needs to Assess Risk and Provide Guidance on Use of Climate Projections in Installation Master Plans and Facilities Designs".

The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans' Affairs, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Commercial Aviation
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on airline information technology outages. The report (GAO-19-514) is titled "Commercial Aviation: Information on Airline IT Outages".

The report was sent to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Transportation (DOT) and, within it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have limited roles overseeing or addressing the effects of outages ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Health Care
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the referral management process facilitates the coordination of primary and specialty care for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. The report (GAO-19-488) is titled "DOD Health Care: Improvements Needed for Tracking Coordination of Specialty Care Referrals for TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on KC-46 Tanker Modernization
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the KC-46 programs progress toward meeting cost, schedule and performance goals. The report (GAO-19-480) is titled "KC-46 Tanker Modernization: Aircraft Delivery Has Begun, but Deficiencies Could Affect Operations and Will Take Time to Correct".

The report was sent to Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, chairman, and Rep. Robert J. Wittman, R-Virginia, ranking memberof the House Armed Services subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, on June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on VA Health Care
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs' use of community care and efforts to develop budget estimates for this care. The report (GAO-19-478) is titled "VA Health Care: Estimating Resources Needed to Provide Community Care".

The report was sent to 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 June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Agencies' Legacy Systems
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' legacy systems. The report (GAO-19-471) is titled "Information Technology: Agencies Need to Develop Modernization Plans for Critical Legacy Systems".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Child Care, Early Education
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on all state early care and education programs. The report (GAO-19-375) is titled "Child Care and Early Education: Most States Offer Preschool Programs and Rely on Multiple Funding Sources".

The report was sent to , Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, on May 8. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO's national survey of state program officials identified 86 state early care and education (ECE) programs: 73 preschool ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on elder justice efforts in the federal criminal justice system. The report (GAO-19-365) is titled "Elder Justice: Goals and Outcome Measures Would Provide DOJ with Clear Direction and a Means to Assess Its Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Susan ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Insurance Markets
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on new uses of technologies and potential benefits and challenges for insurers and their customers. The report (GAO-19-423) is titled "Insurance Markets: Benefits and Challenges Presented by Innovative Uses of Technology".

The report was sent to Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas, Rep. Scott R. Tipton, R-Colorado, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, and Rep. Robert Woodall, R-Georgia, on June 7. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Immigration Enforcement
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which Immigration and Customs Enforcement has developed and implemented policies for handling and tracking cases of potentially removable veterans. The report (GAO-19-416) is titled "Immigration Enforcement: Actions Needed to Better Handle, Identify, and Track Cases Involving Veterans".

The report was sent to Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Juan Vargas, D- California, on June 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Missile Defense
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Missile Defense Agency made progress in developing and delivering integrated regional Ballistic Missile Defense System capabilities. The report (GAO-19-387) is titled "Missile Defense: Delivery Delays Provide Opportunity for Increased Testing to Better Understand Capability".

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

GAO Issues Report on Aviation Security
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Transportation Security Administration's measures to prevent behavior detection activities from resulting in unlawful profiling. The report (GAO-19-268) is titled "Aviation Security: TSA Has Policies that Prohibit Unlawful Profiling But Should Improve Its Oversight of Behavior Detection Activities".

The report was sent to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, on April 23. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Real Property
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the General Services Administration's delegated leasing program. The report (GAO-19-405) is titled "Federal Real Property: GSA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of Its Delegated Leasing Program".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, on June 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The General Services Administration (GSA) has taken steps to reform its delegated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The report (GAO-19-47) is titled "Renewable Fuel Standard: Information on Likely Program Effects on Gasoline Prices and Greenhouse Gas Emissions".

The report was sent to Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, on May 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Effect on prices. Evidence from studies, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on School Meals Programs
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on improper payment error rates and potential fraud in the school meals programs. The report (GAO-19-389) is titled "School Meals Programs: USDA Has Reported Taking Some Steps to Reduce Improper Payments but Should Comprehensively Assess Fraud Risks".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman of the Senate ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on West Bank, Gaza
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to U.S. education assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. The report (GAO-19-448) is titled "West Bank and Gaza: State Has Taken Actions to Address Potentially Problematic Textbook Content but Should Improve Its Reporting to Congress".

The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on June 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The U.S. government funded an estimated $243 million for education assistance ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Critical Infrastructure Protection
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation roles and responsibilities for pipeline security. The report (GAO-19-426) is titled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Key Pipeline Security Documents Need to Reflect Current Operating Environment".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Disaster Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on disaster assistance for individuals who are older or have disabilities. The report (GAO-19-318) is titled "Disaster Assistance: FEMA Action Needed to Better Support Individuals Who Are Older or Have Disabilities".

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

GAO Issues Report on DOD Acquisition Reform
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the progress the Department of Defense has made implementing selected oversight reforms related to major defense acquisition programs. The report (GAO-19-439) is titled "DOD Acquisition Reform: Leadership Attention Needed to Effectively Implement Changes to Acquisition Oversight".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, June 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Census Bureau's management of risks to the 2020 census. The report (GAO-19-399) is titled "2020 Census: Additional Actions Needed to Manage Risk".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, June 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which parental or spousal caregiving affects retirement security. The report (GAO-19-382) is titled "Retirement Security: Some Parental and Spousal Caregivers Face Financial Risks".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on May 1. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "An estimated one in 10 Americans per year cared for a parent or spouse ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Hardrock Mining
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on trends in U.S. net import reliance percentages for 15 hardrock minerals from 1990 through 2017. The report (GAO-19-434R) is titled "Hardrock Mining: Trends in U.S. Reliance on Imports for Selected Minerals".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on April 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "From 1990 through 2017, the U.S. reliance on imports of 15 hardrock ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Justice
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on racial and gender disparities in the military justice system. The report (GAO-19-344) is titled "Military Justice: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Improve Their Capabilities to Assess Racial and Gender Disparities".

The report was sent to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on May 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The military services collect gender information, but they do ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Assessments of Major Projects
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on selected large-scale NASA programs, projects and activities. The report (GAO-19-262SP) is titled "NASA: Assessments of Major Projects".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Child Care
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Child Care and Development Fund. The report (GAO-19-261) is titled "Child Care: States Report Child Care and Development Funds Benefit All Children in Care".

The report was sent to Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on April 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "A majority of states used funding from ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Advanced Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Manufacturing USA program. The report (GAO-19-409) is titled "Advanced Manufacturing: Innovation Institutes Have Demonstrated Initial Accomplishments, but Challenges Remain in Measuring Performance and Ensuring Sustainability".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Commercial Space Transportation
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's actions to integrate commercial space launches into the national airspace. The report (GAO-19-437) is titled "Commercial Space Transportation: Improvements to FAA's Workforce Planning Needed to Prepare for the Industry's Anticipated Growth".

The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington, chairman of the House Transportation ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Export-Import Bank's antifraud controls. The report (GAO-19-337) is titled "Export-Import Bank: EXIM Should Explore Using Available Data to Identify Applicants with Delinquent Federal Debt".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Private Student Loans
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the implementation and effects of private student loan rehabilitation programs. The report (GAO-19-430) is titled "Private Student Loans: Clarification from CFPB Could Help Ensure More Consistent Opportunities and Treatment for Borrowers".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Children Affected by Trauma
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on selected states' efforts to support children affected by trauma. The report (GAO-19-388) is titled "Children Affected by Trauma: Selected States Report Various Approaches and Challenges to Supporting Children".

The report was sent to Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, on April 24. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Health and Human Services ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Congressional Award Foundation
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Congressional Award Foundation's fiscal 2018 financial statement audit. The report (GAO-19-472R) is titled "Congressional Award Foundation: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2018".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Global Positioning System
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the next generation Global Positioning System acquisition programs. The report (GAO-19-250) is titled "Global Positioning System: Updated Schedule Assessment Could Help Decision Makers Address Likely Delays Related to New Ground Control System".

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

GAO Issues Report on Prescription Opioids
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicare's drug management programs. The report (GAO-19-446) is titled "Prescription Opioids: Voluntary Medicare Drug Management Programs to Control Misuse".

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-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Secret Service
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the progress made by the Secret Service in implementing the Protective Mission Panel's recommendations. The report (GAO-19-415) is titled "U.S. Secret Service: Further Actions Needed to Fully Address Protective Mission Panel Recommendations".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tribal Energy
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which General Services Administration, the Departments of Defense and the Energy Department have used the tribal energy preference. The report (GAO-19-359) is titled "Tribal Energy: Opportunities Exist to Increase Federal Agencies' Use of the Tribal Preference Authority".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "None of the three primary federal ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, May 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on aspects of the Department of Defense Corrosion Office. The report (GAO-19-513) is titled "Defense Management: Observations on Changes to the Reporting Structure for DOD's Corrosion Office and Its Implementation of GAO Recommendations".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Demonstrations
WASHINGTON, May 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services's transparency policies and procedures for new demonstrations and extensions. The report (GAO-19-315) is titled "Medicaid Demonstrations: Approvals of Major Changes Need Increased Transparency".

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, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on April 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Hardrock Mining
WASHINGTON, May 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on hardrock mining data related to mining on federal lands. The report (GAO-19-435R) is titled "Hardrock Mining: Availability of Selected Data Related to Mining on Federal Lands".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on May 16. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Of the six agencies in GAO's review--Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Contracting
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to federal contractors and tax debt. The report (GAO-19-243) is titled "Federal Contracting: Opportunities to Improve Compliance with Regulations and Enhance Tax Collections".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on April 15. Here are excerpts of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Financial Audit of Fiscal Service's FY 2018 Schedules of General Fund
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on financial audit of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's fiscal 2018 Schedules of the General Fund. The report (GAO-19-185) is titled "Financial Audit: Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Fiscal Year 2018 Schedules of the General Fund".

The report was sent to David Lebryk, fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department, on May 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Certain significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting and other limitations on the scope ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Bank Supervision
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how consistent regulators' revised policies and procedures are with leading risk-management practices. The report (GAO-19-352) is titled "Bank Supervision: Regulators Improved Supervision of Management Activities but Additional Steps Needed".

The report was sent to Jerome H. Powell, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Jelena McWilliams, chairman of the Board of Directors Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting, on May 14. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Export-Import Bank's underwriting process. The report (GAO-19-43) is titled "Export-Import Bank: Enhancements Needed in Credit Program Underwriting Policies and Procedures".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, on May 14. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Combating Nuclear Terrorism
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Securing the Cities program. The report (GAO-19-327) is titled "Combating Nuclear Terrorism: DHS Should Address Limitations to Its Program to Secure Key Cities".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Peter T. King, R-New York, ranking member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, on May 13. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Emergency Assistance for Zika
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State funding for U.S. Zika response overseas. The report (GAO-19-356) is titled "Emergency Assistance for Zika: USAID Supported Activities Overseas but Could Improve Funds Tracking and Response Planning".

The report was sent to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Rep. Nita M. Lowey, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Special Operations Forces
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict's oversight of special operations forces. The report (GAO-19-386) is titled "Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions Are Needed to Effectively Expand Management Oversight".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Cloud Computing
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agencies' reported use of cloud services. The report (GAO-19-58) is titled "Cloud Computing: Agencies Have Increased Usage and Realized Benefits, but Cost and Savings Data Need to Be Better Tracked".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Indian Issues
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the ability of Farm Credit System to meet the agricultural credit needs of Indian tribes and their members on tribal land. The report (GAO-19-464) is titled "Indian Issues: Agricultural Credit Needs and Barriers to Lending on Tribal Lands".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on IRS Financial Statements
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's fiscal 2018 and 2017 financial statements. The report (GAO-19-412R) is titled "Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Control over Financial Reporting".

The report was sent to Charles P. Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, on May 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "During its audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal years 2018 and 2017 financial statements, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Transportation Department
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Transportation Department. The report (GAO-19-550SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: U.S. Department of Transportation".

The report was sent to Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, on April 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 13 priority recommendations for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Since then, DOT has implemented 3 of those recommendations by, among other things, addressing ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Taxpayer Information
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to track, monitor and deter theft of taxpayer information from third parties. The report (GAO-19-340) is titled "Taxpayer Information: IRS Needs to Improve Oversight of Third-Party Cybersecurity Practices".

The report was sent to Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on May 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Federal law and guidance require that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) protect the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Whistleblowers
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on best practices for working with whistleblowers. The report (GAO-19-432) is titled "Whistleblowers: Key Practices for Congress to Consider When Receiving and Referring Information".

The report was sent to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, chairman, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, on May 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Congress receives whistleblower information in multiple ways. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ginnie Mae
WASHINGTON, May 4 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Government National Mortgage Association. The report (GAO-19-191) is titled "Ginnie Mae: Risk Management and Staffing-Related Challenges Need to Be Addressed".

The report was sent to Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, ranking member of the House Financial Services subcommittee Housing, Community Development and Insurance, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The amount of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) that the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Infrastructure Risk Management
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the uses, costs and benefits of natural coastal infrastructure for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' coastal storm and flood risk management projects. The report (GAO-19-319) is titled "Army Corps of Engineers: Consideration of Project Costs and Benefits in Using Natural Coastal Infrastructure and Associated Challenges".

The report was sent to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, on March 28. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on FITARA Implementation
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act provisions. The report (GAO-19-131) is titled "Information Technology: Effective Practices Have Improved Agencies' FITARA Implementation".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Workforce Talent Management Strategies
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the future of federal work and the workforce. The report (GAO-19-181) is titled "Federal Workforce: Key Talent Management Strategies for Agencies to Better Meet Their Missions".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, on March 28. Here are excerpts of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the F-35 acquisition program. The report (GAO-19-341) is titled "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Action Needed to Improve Reliability and Prepare for Modernization Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DATA Act
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The report (GAO-19-299) is titled "DATA Act: Pilot Effectively Tested Approaches for Reducing Reporting Burden for Grants but Not for Contracts".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Depots
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the condition of facilities at the Department of Defense's depots. The report (GAO-19-242) is titled "Military Depots: Actions Needed to Improve Poor Conditions of Facilities and Equipment That Affect Maintenance Timeliness and Efficiency".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on April 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The condition of facilities at ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Commerce Department
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Commerce Department. The report (GAO-19-381SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Commerce".

The report was sent to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr., on April 23. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 26 priority recommendations for the Department of Commerce (Commerce). Since then, Commerce has implemented 10 of those recommendations by, among other things, taking actions to improve its ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration Performance Recommendations
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's management of medical center performance. The report (GAO-19-350) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Past Performance System Recommendations Have Not Been Implemented".

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, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Washington, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tax Debt Collection Contracts
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's private debt collection program. The report (GAO-19-193) is titled "Tax Debt Collection Contracts: IRS Analysis Could Help Improve Program Results and Better Protect Taxpayers".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Savings
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on early withdrawals from retirement savings. The report (GAO-19-179) is titled "Retirement Savings: Additional Data and Analysis Could Provide Insight into Early Withdrawals".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: In 2013 individuals in their prime working years (ages 25 to 55) removed at least $69 billion (+/- ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for EPA
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Environmental Protection Agency. The report (GAO-19-308SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Environmental Protection Agency".

The report was sent to Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 19 priority recommendations for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since then, EPA has implemented five of those recommendations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Homeland Security Department
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security. The report (GAO-19-360SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Homeland Security".

The report was sent to Kevin K. McAleenan, acting secretary of Homeland Security, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 19 priority recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since then, DHS has implemented 4 of those recommendations by, among other ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2017 Disaster Contracting
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal government's response to three major hurricanes in 2017, as well as the 2017 California wildfires. The report (GAO-19-281) is titled "2017 Disaster Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery".

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

GAO Issues Report on Special Education
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors that may account for differences in the percentage of children receiving special education services across states. The report (GAO-19-348) is titled "Special Education: Varied State Criteria May Contribute to Differences in Percentages of Children Served".

The report was sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, on April 11. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Oversight of Health Care for American Indian, Alaska Native Veterans
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service oversight and coordination of health care for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. The report (GAO-19-291) is titled "VA and Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight and Coordination of Health Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans".

The report was sent to Rep. David P. Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, on March 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Interior Department
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of the Interior. The report (GAO-19-309SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of the Interior".

The report was sent to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on April 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified eight priority recommendations for the Department of the Interior (Interior). Since then, Interior has implemented two of the eight recommendations. In May 2018, the Bureau ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for NOAA
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The report (GAO-19-424SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration".

The report was sent to James F. Bridenstine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, on April 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 18 priority recommendations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tribal Consultation
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' processes for consulting with tribes on infrastructure. The report (GAO-19-22) is titled "Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects".

The report was sent to Sen. Bernard Sanders, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2017 Hurricane Season
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal response to the 2017 hurricanes. The report (GAO-19-296) is titled "2017 Hurricane Season: Federal Support for Electricity Grid Restoration in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico".

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

GAO Issues Report on NNSA Contracting
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Nuclear Security Administration cost-benefit report for competing the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site. The report (GAO-19-349R) is titled "National Nuclear Security Administration Contracting: Review of the NNSA Report on the Nevada National Security Site Contract Competition".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for DOE
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Energy. The report (GAO-19-311SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Energy".

The report was sent to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, on April 10. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found

In April 2018, GAO identified 13 priority recommendations for the Department of Energy (DOE). Since then, DOE has not implemented any of those recommendations. However, GAO closed as not implemented one recommendation identified ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for GSA
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the General Services Administration. The report (GAO-19-317SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: General Services Administration".

The report was sent to Emily W. Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, on April 10. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In February 2018, GAO identified five priority recommendations for the General Services Administration (GSA). Since then, GSA has implemented two of those recommendations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Justice Department
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Justice. The report (GAO-19-361SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Justice".

The report was sent to William P. Barr, attorney general of the Department of Justice, on April 10. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 13 priority recommendations for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Since then, DOJ has implemented 2 of those recommendations focused on increased data collection ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for OMB
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Office of Management and Budget. The report (GAO-19-323SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Office of Management and Budget".

The report was sent to Mick Mulvaney, director, Russell Vought, acting director and Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget, on April 10. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 27 priority recommendations for the Office of Management ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Oversight of Nursing Home Abuse Investigations in Oregon
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversight of the Oregon state survey agency's investigation of complaints and facility-reported incidents of abuse in nursing homes in Oregon. The report (GAO-19-313R) is titled "Management Report: CMS Needs to Address Gaps in Federal Oversight of Nursing Home Abuse Investigations That Persisted in Oregon for at Least 15 Years".

The report was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, on April 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Truck Underride Guards
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on data on truck underride crashes and information on underride guards. The report (GAO-19-264) is titled "Truck Underride Guards: Improved Data Collection, Inspections, and Research Needed".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, on March 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Women-Owned Small Business Program
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Women-Owned Small Business program. The report (GAO-19-168) is titled "Women-Owned Small Business Program: Actions Needed to Address Ongoing Oversight Issues".

The report was sent to Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, chairwoman, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, and Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, on March 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented one of the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Presidential Helicopter
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The report (GAO-19-329) is titled "Presidential Helicopter: Program Continues to Make Development Progress While Addressing Challenges".

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

GAO Issues Report on Data Center Optimization
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agencies' data center inventories and strategies. The report (GAO-19-241) is titled "Data Center Optimization: Additional Agency Actions Needed to Meet OMB Goals".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Modernizing Nuclear Security Enterprise
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Kansas City National Security Campus staffing plans and capabilities to meet national security requirements. The report (GAO-19-126) is titled "Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: NNSA Is Taking Action to Manage Increased Workload at Kansas City National Security Campus".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for FDIC
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on open priority recommendations for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The report (GAO-19-354SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation".

The report was sent to Jelena McWilliams, ahairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2019, GAO identified two open priority recommendations for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). These recommendations involve ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the open priority recommendations for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The report (GAO-19-355SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System".

The report was sent to Jerome H. Powell, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2019, GAO identified 10 open priority recommendations for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for IRS
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Internal Revenue Service. The report (GAO-19-324SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Internal Revenue Service".

The report was sent to Charles P. Rettig, commissioner of Internal Revenue Service, on April 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 16 priority recommendations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Since then, IRS has implemented one of those recommendations by using more complete performance ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for NRC
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The report (GAO-19-310SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Nuclear Regulatory Commission".

The report was sent to Kristine Svinicki, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, on April 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 5 priority recommendations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Since then, NRC has implemented 1 of those recommendations by assessing ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for SBA
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Small Business Administration. The report (GAO-19-371SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Small Business Administration".

The report was sent to Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Administration, on April 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified six priority recommendations for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Since then, SBA has implemented four of these recommendations by, among ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for SSA
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration. The report (GAO-19-394SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Social Security Administration".

The report was sent to Nancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In February 2018, GAO identified seven open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Since then, SSA has implemented three of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for State Department
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of State. The report (GAO-19-420SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of State".

The report was sent to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In February 2018, GAO identified 20 priority recommendations for the Department of State (State). Since then, State has implemented 10 of those recommendations, which we believe have enhanced the security and safety of diplomatic ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for SSA
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration. The report (GAO-19-394SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Social Security Administration".

The report was sent to Nancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In February 2018, GAO identified seven open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Since then, SSA has implemented three of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tax Administration
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's dispute resolution process. The report (GAO-19-81) is titled "Tax Administration: Opportunities Exist to Improve IRS's Management of International Tax Dispute Resolution".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on March 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "A U.S. multinational corporation (MNC) operating in a foreign country is subject to taxes in that country as well as in the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tax Refund Products
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on tax-time financial products. The report (GAO-19-269) is titled "Tax Refund Products: Product Mix Has Evolved and IRS Should Improve Data Quality".

The report was sent to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, on April 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Trends in the market for tax-time financial products ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Education Department
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority open recommendations for the Education Department. The report (GAO-19-396SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Education".

The report was sent to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In February 2018, GAO identified 5 priority open recommendations for the Department of Education (Education). Since then, Education has implemented 1 of those recommendations by taking action to strengthen its oversight ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for HUD
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report (GAO-19-380SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Housing and Urban Development".

The report was sent to Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified four priority recommendations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since then, HUD has ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Labor Department
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority open recommendations for the Labor Department. The report (GAO-19-395SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Labor".

The report was sent to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 6 priority open recommendations for the Department of Labor (DOL). Since then, DOL has implemented 2 of those recommendations. To address one of these recommendations, the agency took action ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for OPM
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on open priority recommendations for the Office of Personnel Management. The report (GAO-19-322SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Office of Personnel Management".

The report was sent to Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 16 open priority recommendations for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Since then, OPM has implemented 3 of those recommendations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for SEC
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Securities and Exchange Commission. The report (GAO-19-379SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Securities and Exchange Commission".

The report was sent to Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 8 priority recommendations for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Since then, SEC has implemented 2 of those recommendations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Treasury Department
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on 24 priority recommendations for the Treasury Department. The report (GAO-19-325SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of the Treasury".

The report was sent to Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 24 priority recommendations for the Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Since then, Treasury has implemented two of those recommendations. Treasury updated its analysis of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Management Challenges
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs management and oversight challenges. The report (GAO-19-422R) is titled "VA Management Challenges: Actions Needed to Improve Management and Oversight of VA Operations".

The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran's Affairs, and Related Agencies, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chairman, and Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on FEMA Grants Modernization
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Grants Management Modernization program. The report (GAO-19-164) is titled "FEMA Grants Modernization: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Program Management and Cybersecurity".

The report was sent to Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, on April 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Of six important leading practices for effective business process reengineering ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Spouse Employment
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the My Career Advancement Account participation and awareness of the program. The report (GAO-19-320R) is titled "Military Spouse Employment: Participation in and Efforts to Promote the My Career Advancement Account Program".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on April ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Columbia Class Submarine
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Columbia class submarine program. The report (GAO-19-497) is titled "Columbia Class Submarine: Overly Optimistic Cost Estimate Will Likely Lead to Budget Increases".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, Rep. Mac ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ground Combat Forces
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the military services' budgeting processes to build unit-level training readiness. The report (GAO-19-233) is titled "Ground Combat Forces: The Marine Corps Should Take Actions to Track Training Funds and Link Them to Readiness".

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

GAO Issues Report on Priority Recommendations for DOD
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Defense. The report (GAO-19-366SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Defense".

The report was sent to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 85 priority recommendations for the Department of Defense (DOD). Since then, DOD has implemented 17 of those recommendations, and GAO has closed one as unimplemented because DOD ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Recommendations for VA
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The report (GAO-19-358SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Veterans Affairs".

The report was sent to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 26 priority recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Since then, VA has implemented 5 of those recommendations by taking actions to enhance services ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on SBA's Key Programs with Historically Black Colleges, Universities
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal priorities and the Small Business Administration goals related to working with historically black colleges and universities. The report (GAO-19-328R) is titled "Small Business Administration: Key Entrepreneurship Programs and Activities Do Not Specifically Target Historically Black Colleges and Universities, but Collaboration Exists with Some Schools".

The report was sent to Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, Rep. Donald ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Streamlining Government
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the progress and challenges associated with federal shared services initiatives for selected human resources and financial management activities. The report (GAO-19-94) is titled "Streamlining Government: OMB and GSA Could Strengthen Their Approach to Implementing a New Shared Services Plan".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Workforce Automation
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on workforce issues related to the adoption of advanced technologies. The report (GAO-19-257) is titled "Workforce Automation: Better Data Needed to Assess and Plan for Effects of Advanced Technologies on Jobs".

The report was sent to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Suzan K. DelBene, D-Washington, on March 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Although existing federal data provide useful information on the U.S. workforce, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Aviation Security
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Transportation Security Administration's covert test programs. The report (GAO-19-374) is titled "Aviation Security: TSA Improved Covert Testing but Needs to Conduct More Risk-Informed Tests and Address Vulnerabilities".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, ranking member of the House Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, Rep. Elijah Cummings, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Combating Nuclear Terrorism
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Nuclear Regulatory Commission's security requirements for high-risk radioactive material. The report (GAO-19-468) is titled "Combating Nuclear Terrorism: NRC Needs to Take Additional Actions to Ensure the Security of High-Risk Radioactive Material".

The report was sent to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, chairmanwoman, and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Student Aid
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the the Second Chance Pell pilot program. The report (GAO-19-130) is titled "Federal Student Aid: Actions Needed to Evaluate Pell Grant Pilot for Incarcerated Students".

The report was sent to Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on March 5. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Education (Education) selected 64 schools across 26 states ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Scientific Integrity Policies
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agencies' scientific integrity policies. The report (GAO-19-265) is titled "Scientific Integrity Policies: Additional Actions Could Strengthen Integrity of Federal Research".

The report was sent to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, on April 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The nine selected agencies GAO reviewed have taken various actions to help achieve the objectives of their scientific ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2018 Lobbying Disclosure
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on lobbyists' compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act. The report (GAO-19-357) is titled "2018 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists' Compliance with Disclosure Requirements".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Roy Blunt, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Behavioral Health
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the health care costs associated with untreated behavioral health conditions in adults. The report (GAO-19-274) is titled "Behavioral Health: Research on Health Care Costs of Untreated Conditions is Limited".

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. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Massachusetts, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foreign Asset Reporting
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act implementation and the effects on U.S. citizens living abroad. The report (GAO-19-180) is titled "Foreign Asset Reporting: Actions Needed to Enhance Compliance Efforts, Eliminate Overlapping Requirements, and Mitigate Burdens on U.S. Persons Abroad".

The report was sent to Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Rep. Michael Quigley, D-Illinois, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Security Enterprise
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Nuclear Security Administration's management of data calls to management and operating contractors in the nuclear security enterprise. The report (GAO-19-286R) is titled "Nuclear Security Enterprise: NNSA's Management of Data Calls to Contractors".

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 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Older Workers
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on phased retirement in other countries. The report (GAO-19-16) is titled "Older Workers: Other Countries' Experiences with Phased Retirement".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on Feb. 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO's review of studies and interviews with employment and retirement experts identified 17 countries with aging populations and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's FY 2018 Financial Statements
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the audit of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's fiscal 2018 financial statements. The report (GAO-19-413R) is titled "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2018".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Architect of Capitol
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Architect of the Capitol's Construction Division operations. The report (GAO-19-343) is titled "Architect of the Capitol: A Formalized Process Could Improve Management of the Construction Division's Workforce and Workload".

The report was sent to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, ranking member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, on March 27. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Data Breaches
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to consumers' options to address risks of harm from data breaches. The report (GAO-19-230) is titled "Data Breaches: Range of Consumer Risks Highlights Limitations of Identity Theft Services".

The report was sent to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chair of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, chair of the House Energy and Commerce ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Health Care
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's graduate medical education oversight process. The report (GAO-19-338) is titled "Defense Health Care: DOD's Proposed Plan for Oversight of Graduate Medical Education Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on March 28. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Employment, Training Programs
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal employment and training programs. The report (GAO-19-200) is titled "Employment and Training Programs: Department of Labor Should Assess Efforts to Coordinate Services Across Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The number of federal employment ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Fiscal Exposures
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on cost- and exposure-related information on federal activities that transfer risk or losses to the government. The report (GAO-19-353) is titled "Fiscal Exposures: Federal Insurance and Other Activities That Transfer Risk or Losses to the Government".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, on March 27. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare, Medicaid
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicare and Medicaid documentation requirements and factors that contribute to improper payments due to insufficient documentation. The report (GAO-19-277) is titled "Medicare and Medicaid: CMS Should Assess Documentation Necessary to Identify Improper Payments".

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. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on National Science Foundation Large Facilities Projects
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Science Foundation's large facilities projects. The report (GAO-19-227) is titled "National Science Foundation: Cost and Schedule Performance of Large Facilities Construction Projects and Opportunities to Improve Project Management".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Robert Aderholt, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Government Financial Audit
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on financial statements of the U.S. government. The report (GAO-19-294R) is titled "Financial Audit: Fiscal Years 2018 and 2017 Consolidated Financial Statements of the U.S. Government".

The report was sent to the president, the president of the Senate, and the speaker of the House, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Acquisitions
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors affecting the Department of Defense's personnel needs for its acquisition programs. The report (GAO-19-209) is titled "Defense Acquisitions: Information on Workforce, Organizational Structure, and Budgeting for Selected Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on March 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The workforce size, composition, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Budget
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how amounts authorized and appropriated for operation and maintenance overseas contingency operations activities were obligated by the Department of Defense for fiscal 2018. The report (GAO-19-333R) is titled "Defense Budget: Fiscal Year 2018 Obligations of Operation and Maintenance Funding for Overseas Contingency Operations".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Disaster Recovery
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery. The report (GAO-19-232) is titled "Disaster Recovery: Better Monitoring of Block Grant Funds Is Needed".

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

GAO Issues Report on Consumer Data Protection
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to federal oversight of consumer reporting agencies. The report (GAO-19-196) is titled "Consumer Data Protection: Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DATA Act
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury's efforts to establish policies and procedures for governing data standards established under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The report (GAO-19-284) is titled "DATA Act: OMB Needs to Formalize Data Governance for Reporting Federal Spending".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Currency
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the potential cost savings to the government from making changes to currency. The report (GAO-19-300) is titled "U.S. Currency: Financial Benefit of Switching to a $1 Coin Is Unlikely, but Changing Coin Metal Content Could Result in Cost Savings".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on March 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO's analysis found that replacing the $1 note with a $1 coin would likely result in ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Real Estate Assessment Center
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Real Estate Assessment Center's policies and processes. The report (GAO-19-254) is titled "Real Estate Assessment Center: HUD Should Improve Physical Inspection Process and Oversight of Inspectors".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. Price, D-North Carolina, chairman, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Border Security
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on border security metrics. The report (GAO-19-305) is titled "Border Security: DHS Should Improve the Quality of Unlawful Border Entry Information and Other Metric Reporting".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, on March 21. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DNA Evidence
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the amount of backlogged DNA evidence at state and local government labs. The report (GAO-19-216) is titled "DNA Evidence: DOJ Should Improve Performance Measurement and Properly Design Controls for Nationwide Grant Program".

The report was sent to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, on March 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO found that the reported number of backlogged requests ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security's research and development efforts. The report (GAO-19-210) is titled "Homeland Security: Research & Development Coordination Has Improved, but Additional Actions Needed to Track and Evaluate Projects".

The report was sent to Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, on March 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) obligated more than $10 billion for research and development (R&D) from fiscal years 2010 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Private Health Insurance
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on private health insurance market concentration. The report (GAO-19-306) is titled "Private Health Insurance: Enrollment Remains Concentrated among Few Issuers, including in Exchanges".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on UN Peacekeeping Operations
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the United Nations peacekeeping operations. The report (GAO-19-224) is titled "UN Peacekeeping Operations: State Should Take Additional Steps to Work with the UN to Improve Effectiveness and Performance Information".

The report was sent to Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, chairman, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, on March 19. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on International Air Alliances
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on consumer issues related to immunized international air alliances. The report (GAO-19-237) is titled "International Air Alliances: Greater Transparency Needed on DOT's Efforts to Monitor the Effects of Antitrust Immunity".

The report was sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, on March 20. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Potential effects ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Home Loan Banks
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Federal Home Loan Banks' implementation of board diversity and inclusion matters. The report (GAO-19-252) is titled "Federal Home Loan Banks: Steps Have Been Taken to Promote Board Diversity, but Challenges Remain".

The report was sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Financial Services ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Air Ambulance
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on air ambulance services. The report (GAO-19-292) is titled "Air Ambulance: Available Data Show Privately-Insured Patients Are at Financial Risk".

The report was sent to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, chairwoman, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Student, Exchange Visitor Program
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on potential vulnerabilities to fraud in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The report (GAO-19-297) is titled "Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Can Take Additional Steps to Manage Fraud Risks Related to School Recertification and Program Oversight".

The report was sent to Rep. Peter T. King, R-New York, ranking member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, and Rep. Michael T. McCaul, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Space Acquisitions
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on challenges in software-intensive Department of Defense space programs. The report (GAO-19-136) is titled "DOD Space Acquisitions: Including Users Early and Often in Software Development Could Benefit Programs".

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

GAO Issues Report on Federal Ethics Programs
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on compliance with ethics requirements for political appointees in the executive branch. The report (GAO-19-249) is titled "Federal Ethics Programs: Government-wide Political Appointee Data and Some Ethics Oversight Procedures at Interior and SBA Could Be Improved".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Ports of Entry
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Customs and Border Protection public-private partnership programs. The report (GAO-19-263R) is titled "U.S. Ports of Entry: Update on CBP Public-Private Partnership Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Transit Workforce Development
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on various issues related to the sufficiency of the transit workforce. The report (GAO-19-290) is titled "Transit Workforce Development: Improved Strategic Planning Practices Could Enhance FTA Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, on March 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The nation's transit infrastructure requires a trained workforce, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Puerto Rico Hurricanes
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal government's recovery efforts related to the 2017 hurricanes. The report (GAO-19-256) is titled "Puerto Rico Hurricanes: Status of FEMA Funding, Oversight, 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 C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Postal Service's Policies for Piloting Innovations
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the U.S. Postal Service's efforts to develop postal innovations. The report (GAO-19-293) is titled "U.S. Postal Service: Addressing Policy Gaps Could Improve Pilot Design and Evaluation for Postal Innovations".

The report was sent to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations, on March 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "From fiscal years 2013 through 2017, the U.S. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Grants Management
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agency guidance and grantee compliance related to the Stevens Amendment. The report (GAO-19-282) is titled "Grants Management: Agency Action Required to Ensure Grantees Identify Federal Contribution Amounts".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Strategy
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's analytic approach for informing force structure decisions to implement the National Defense Strategy. The report (GAO-19-385) is titled "Defense Strategy: Revised Analytic Approach Needed to Support Force Structure Decision-Making".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Space Systems
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's space acquisition workforce. The report (GAO-19-240) is titled "Defense Space Systems: DOD Should Collect and Maintain Data on Its Space Acquisition Workforce".

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

GAO Issues Report on Defense Business Operations
WASHINGTON, March 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of Defense has implemented its Chief Management Officer position and issued guidance to communicate within the department the authorities and responsibilities of the position. The report (GAO-19-199) is titled "Defense Business Operations: DOD Should Take Steps to Fully Institutionalize the Chief Management Officer Position".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on March 14. Here are ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity Workforce
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which federal agencies have assigned work roles for positions performing information technology, cybersecurity, or cyber-related functions. The report (GAO-19-144) is titled "Cybersecurity Workforce: Agencies Need to Accurately Categorize Positions to Effectively Identify Critical Staffing Needs".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOE Contracting
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on contracting at the Department of Energy, including the use of subcontractors. The report (GAO-19-107) is titled "Department of Energy Contracting: Actions Needed to Strengthen Subcontract Oversight".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foot-and-Mouth Disease
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Agriculture's efforts to prepare for an foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. The report (GAO-19-103) is titled "Foot-and-Mouth Disease: USDA's Efforts to Prepare for a Potential Outbreak Could Be Strengthened".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on March 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Oil, Gas Development
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Bureau of Land Management's oil and gas Inspection and Enforcement program. The report (GAO-19-7) is titled "Oil and Gas Development: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of the Inspection and Enforcement Program".

The report was sent to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, on Feb. 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Based on GAO's analysis of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) data, the distribution of BLM's oil and gas Inspection ... Show Full Article