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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

GAO Issues Report on SBA Management of State Trade Expansion Program
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Small Business Administration's management of the State Trade Expansion Program. The report (GAO-19-276) is titled "Small Business Administration: Export Promotion Grant Program Should Better Ensure Compliance with Law and Help States Make Full Use of Funds".

The report was sent to Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, on March 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Small Business Administration's (SBA) management of the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Surface Transportation
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Build America Bureau. The report (GAO-19-279) is titled "Surface Transportation: Action Needed to Guide Implementation of Build America Bureau and Improve Application Process".

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. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Sen. John Barrasso, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Whistleblower Protection
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the integrity of the Department of Defense's whistleblower program. The report (GAO-19-198) is titled "Whistleblower Protection: Analysis of DOD's Actions to Improve Case Timeliness and Safeguard Confidentiality".

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 7. Here are ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Manufacturing Extension Partnership
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers' views regarding the extent to which the recent cost share adjustment has helped them serve manufacturers. The report (GAO-19-219) is titled "Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Centers Cite Benefits from Funding Change, but Impacts Hard to Distinguish from Other Factors".

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. Eddie ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Fees, Fines, Penalties
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the availability of government-wide data on fees, fines and penalties. The report (GAO-19-221) is titled "Fees, Fines, and Penalties: Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight".

The report was sent to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Government Operations, on March 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "There are no comprehensive, government-wide ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Automated Trucking
WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the potential workforce effects of automated trucking. The report (GAO-19-161) is titled "Automated Trucking: Federal Agencies Should Take Additional Steps to Prepare for Potential Workforce Effects".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, on March 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Automated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on High-Risk Series
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of high-risk areas, outlines actions that are still needed to assure further progress. The report (GAO-19-157SP) is titled "High-Risk Series: Substantial Efforts Needed to Achieve Greater Progress on High-Risk Areas".

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, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Training
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's current and planned state of cyber training. The report (GAO-19-362) is titled "DOD Training: U.S. Cyber Command and Services Should Take Actions to Maintain a Trained Cyber Mission Force".

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 March 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) has taken a number of steps--such ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Department of State's Foreign Service Staffing
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of State's Foreign Service staffing. The report (GAO-19-220) is titled "Department of State: Integrated Action Plan Could Enhance Efforts to Reduce Persistent Overseas Foreign Service Vacancies".

The report was sent to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on March 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of State's (State) data show persistent Foreign Service vacancies at overseas posts since 2008. According to the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Economic Adjustment Assistance
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal programs specifically targeted toward helping individuals, businesses and communities adjust to economic disruptions that reduce the demand for certain workers. The report (GAO-19-85R) is titled "Economic Adjustment Assistance: Federal Programs Intended to Help Beneficiaries Adjust to Economic Disruption".

The report was sent to Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Waste Cleanup
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how Office of Environmental Management manages its cleanup work. The report (GAO-19-223) is titled "Nuclear Waste Cleanup: DOE Could Improve Program and Project Management by Better Classifying Work and Following Leading Practices".

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

GAO Issues Report on Chemical Assessments
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Environmental Protection Agency has demonstrated progress implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act. The report (GAO-19-270) is titled "Chemical Assessments: Status of EPA's Efforts to Produce Assessments and Implement the Toxic Substances Control Act".

The report was sent to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on March 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Environmental Protection ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Firearms Export Controls
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the proposed changes to export controls of firearms, artillery and ammunition. The report (GAO-19-307) is titled "Export Controls: State and Commerce Should Share Watch List Information If Proposed Rules to Transfer Firearms Are Finalized".

The report was sent to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Security Assistance
WASHINGTON, March 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. assistance through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The report (GAO-19-201) is titled "Security Assistance: U.S. Agencies Should Establish a Mechanism to Assess Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Progress".

The report was sent to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, Rep. Paul Cook, R-California, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Contingent Workforce
WASHINGTON, March 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' measures of nontraditional workers and their accuracy. The report (GAO-19-273R) is titled "Contingent Workforce: BLS is Reassessing Measurement of Nontraditional Workers".

The report was sent to Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, on Jan. 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) periodically collects data on and measures contingent, alternative, and electronically-mediated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Confucius Institutes
WASHINGTON, March 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Confucius Institutes at U.S. colleges and universities. The report (GAO-19-278) is titled "China: Agreements Establishing Confucius Institutes at U.S. Universities Are Similar, but Institute Operations Vary".

The report was sent to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Weapon System Sustainment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on several issues relating to the sustainment of operational system software for the Department of Defense weapon systems. The report (GAO-19-173) is titled "Weapon System Sustainment: DOD Needs to Better Capture and Report Software Sustainment Costs".

The report was sent to Rep. John Garamendi, D-California, chairman, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, ranking member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Readiness, and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, on Feb. 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal government's response and recovery efforts related to the 2017 hurricanes. The report (GAO-19-253) is titled "U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery: Status of FEMA Public Assistance Funding and Implementation".

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 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Public School Choice
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on K-12 school choice options for Indian students. The report (GAO-19-226) is titled "Public School Choice: Limited Options Available for Many American Indian and Alaska Native Students".

The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, on Jan. 24. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Few areas provide American Indian and Alaska Native students (Indian students) school ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Large Bank Supervision
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on regulatory capture in financial regulation. The report (GAO-19-69) is titled "Large Bank Supervision: OCC Could Better Address Risk of Regulatory Capture".

The report was sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, on Jan. 24. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Banking regulators such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) can implement policies to address the risk of regulatory ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOE's Management, Operating Contracts
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's performance management of its management and operating contracts. The report (GAO-19-5) is titled "Department of Energy: Performance Evaluations Could Better Assess Management and Operating Contractor Costs".

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 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Superfund Sites
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Environmental Protection Agency has reliable data identifying National Priorities List sites that are located on tribal property or that affect tribes. The report (GAO-19-123) is titled "Superfund: EPA Should Improve the Reliability of Data on National Priorities List Sites Affecting Indian Tribes".

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. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting Activities
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Army Corps of Engineers' process for authorizing shellfish aquaculture activity in U.S. coastal waters. The report (GAO-19-145) is titled "Army Corps of Engineers: Information on Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting Activities".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman 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, and Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DHS's FY 2017 Overstay Report
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security's fiscal 2017 overstay report . The report (GAO-19-298R) is titled "Department of Homeland Security: Review of the Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report".

The report was sent to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California, chairman, and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Health Care
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of Defense has determined and reported to Congress on its operational medical and dental personnel requirements. The report (GAO-19-206) is titled "Defense Health Care: Actions Needed to Determine the Required Size and Readiness of Operational Medical and Dental Forces".

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 Defense Contracting
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the safety and health records of Department of Defense contractors. The report (GAO-19-235) is titled "Defense Contracting: Enhanced Information Needed on Contractor Workplace Safety".

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, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Coast Guard's management of its shore infrastructure. The report (GAO-19-82) is titled "Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure: Applying Leading Practices Could Help Better Manage Project Backlogs of at Least $2.6 Billion".

The report was sent to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, Rep. John Garamendi, D-California, Rep. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Advance Care Planning
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to completing and accessing advance care planning documents. The report (GAO-19-231) is titled "Advance Care Planning: Selected States' Efforts to Educate and Address Access Challenges".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, on Feb. 21. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Accounts
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on unclaimed retirement savings transferred to states. The report (GAO-19-88) is titled "Retirement Accounts: Federal Action Needed to Clarify Tax Treatment of Unclaimed 401(k) Plan Savings Transferred to States".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Jan. 18. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Millions of dollars in retirement savings are transferred to states as unclaimed property, only some of which is later claimed ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Child Care, Development Fund
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the number of families eligible to receive assistance under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The report (GAO-19-222R) is titled "Child Care and Development Fund: Subsidy Receipt and Plans for New Funds".

The report was sent to 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, chairman, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House on Education ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Civilian Marksmanship Program
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on certain matters related to Civilian Marksmanship Program. The report (GAO-19-287) is titled "Civilian Marksmanship Program: Information on the Sale of Surplus Army 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 Appropriations subcommittee on Defense,Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Overpayments to Service Members
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's process for recoupment of service member overpayments. The report (GAO-19-61) is titled "Department of Defense: Process Improvements Needed in Recouping Overpayments to Service Members".

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 Feb. 15. Here are ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on FDIC Funds' Financial Audit
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation funds' financial audit. The report (GAO-19-295R) is titled "Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2018 and 2017 Financial Statements".

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 Feb. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Waste
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's cleanup agreements. The report (GAO-19-207) is titled "Nuclear Waste: DOE Should Take Actions to Improve Oversight of Cleanup Milestones".

The report was sent to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, chairman, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Strategic Forces, on Feb. 14. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The cleanup process at the 16 sites overseen by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Internet Privacy
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal oversight of Internet privacy. The report (GAO-19-52) is titled "Internet Privacy: Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility".

The report was sent to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Jan. 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The United States does not have a comprehensive Internet privacy law governing the collection, use, and sale or other disclosure of consumers' ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Courts
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Department of Defense currently facilitates public access to proceedings. The report (GAO-19-283) is titled "Military Courts: DOD Should Assess the Tradeoffs Associated With Expanding Public Access to and Information About Terrorism Trials".

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 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Contractor Business Systems
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Department of Defense implemented legislation intended to improve its business system review process. The report (GAO-19-212) is titled "Contractor Business Systems: DOD Needs Better Information to Monitor and Assess Review Process".

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-Louisiana, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Presidential Security
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the establishment of secure areas for use by the President at Mar-a-Lago. The report (GAO-19-246) is titled "Presidential Security: Vetting of Individuals and Secure Areas at Mar-a-Lago".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Unmanned Aerial Systems
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on career advancement for Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilots compared to other pilots. The report (GAO-19-155) is titled "Unmanned Aerial Systems: Air Force Pilot Promotion Rates Have Increased but Oversight Process of Some Positions Could Be Enhanced".

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 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foreign Military Sales
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's process for developing price and availability data for foreign customers. The report (GAO-19-214) is titled "Foreign Military Sales: Observations on DOD's Approach to Developing Price and Availability Estimates for Foreign Customers".

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. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on information on the Department of Defense's progress in implementing all GAO recommendations made in fiscals 2014-2017. The report (GAO-19-245R) is titled "Defense Management: Status of GAO Recommendations Made to the Department of Defense (Fiscal Years 2014-2017)".

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 Military Personnel
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the adequacy of the Air Force's aircraft maintainer workforce. The report (GAO-19-160) is titled "Military Personnel: Strategy Needed to Improve Retention of Experienced Air Force Aircraft Maintainers".

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 Feb. 5. Here are excerpts of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Presidential Travel
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the costs incurred by federal agencies associated with the President's travel on selected trips to Mar-a-Lago. The report (GAO-19-178) is titled "Presidential Travel: Secret Service and DOD Need to Ensure That Expenditure Reports Are Prepared and Submitted to Congress".

The report was sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Offshore Oil Spills
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal government's response, restoration and research efforts after the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills. The report (GAO-19-31) is titled "Offshore Oil Spills: Restoration and Federal Research Efforts Continue, but Opportunities to Improve Coordination Remain".

The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on Jan. 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The trustee councils, composed ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Coverage of Abortions
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to abortion access. The report (GAO-19-159) is titled "Medicaid: CMS Action Needed to Ensure Compliance with Abortion Coverage Requirements".

The report was sent to Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, on Jan. 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Women could face various challenges accessing abortions depending on where they live, and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on challenges the Department of Education faces in assessing the performance of its K-12 programs. The report (GAO-19-266R) is titled "K-12 Education: Challenges to Assessing Program Performance and Recent Efforts to Address Them".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on Jan. 31. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO identified four key challenges the Department of Education (Education) ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on National Nuclear Security Administration
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Nuclear Security Administration's progress toward implementing common financial reporting. The report (GAO-19-101) is titled "National Nuclear Security Administration: Additional Actions Needed to Collect Common Financial Data".

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 Prepositioned Stocks
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense' implementation plan to manage prepositioned stock programs. The report (GAO-19-244) is titled "Prepositioned Stocks: DOD Needs Joint Oversight of the Military Services' 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 Smith, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's capital funding and maintenance practices. The report (GAO-19-202) is titled "Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Actions Needed to Strengthen Capital Planning and Track Preventive Maintenance Program".

The report was sent to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, Rep. Donald S Beyer Jr., D-Virginia, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Indian Programs
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to tribal self-government. The report (GAO-19-87) is titled "Indian Programs: Interior Should Address Factors Hindering Tribal Administration of Federal Programs".

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 Jan. 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO found that various factors can affect tribes' use of self-determination ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the benefits and disadvantages of alternate price indexes for measuring the cost of living for older Americans. The report (GAO-19-218R) is titled "Retirement Security: Alternate Price Indexes for Cost-of-Living Adjustments Present Tradeoffs".

The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, on Jan. 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Use of an alternate consumer price ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Environmental Cleanup Liability
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Office of Environmental Management's environmental liability. The report (GAO-19-28) is titled "Department of Energy: Program-Wide Strategy and Better Reporting Needed to Address Growing Environmental Cleanup Liability".

The report was sent to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Strategic Forces, on Jan. 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) faces ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Health Insurance Exchanges
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on claims costs of issuers participating in exchanges. The report (GAO-19-215) is titled "Health Insurance Exchanges: Claims Costs and Federal and State Policies Drove Issuer Participation, Premiums, and Plan Design".

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. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Overseas Contingency Operations
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on alternatives that Congress or Department of Defense could use to separate funding for overseas contingency operations and base activities. The report (GAO-19-211) is titled "Overseas Contingency Operations: Alternatives Identified to the Approach to Fund War- Related Activities".

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 Army Modernization
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Army's modernization strategy. The report (GAO-19-132) is titled "Army Modernization: Steps Needed to Ensure Army Futures Command Fully Applies Leading Practices".

The report was sent to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on Jan. 23,. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Since 2017, when the Army announced its initiative to update its forces and equipment with improved capabilities--known ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the episode-based payment models developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report (GAO-19-156) is titled "Medicare: Voluntary and Mandatory Episode-Based Payment Models and Their Participants".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Dec. 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "As of February 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had tested, or was in the process of testing, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Climate Change
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how U.S. agencies address climate change as a potential driver of global migration. The report (GAO-19-166) is titled "Climate Change: Activities of Selected Agencies to Address Potential Impact on Global Migration".

The report was sent to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, on Jan. 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of Defense has made progress in addressing the requirements of section 911 of the National Defense Authorization Act. The report (GAO-19-165) is titled "Defense Management: DOD Needs to Implement Statutory Requirements and Identify Resources for Its Cross-Functional Reform Teams".

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. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Drug Control
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Guard counterdrug program. The report (GAO-19-27) is titled "Drug Control: DOD Should Improve Its Oversight of the National Guard Counterdrug 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 Jan. 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Housing Finance
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Finance Agency's conservatorships of Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. The report (GAO-19-239) is titled "Housing Finance: Prolonged Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Prompt Need for Reform".

The report was sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, on Jan. 18. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Federal support ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military, Veteran Support
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on comprehensive inventory of the federal programs to help servicemembers, veterans, or their families achieve civilian jobs. The report (GAO-19-97R) is titled "Military and Veteran Support: Detailed Inventory of Federal Programs to Help Servicemembers Achieve Civilian Employment".

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 Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Transportation Security Administration's progress in addressing Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act requirements since 2016. The report (GAO-19-96) is titled "Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act: TSA Generally Addressed Requirements, but Could Improve Reporting on Security-Related Technology".

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, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program. The report (GAO-19-110) is titled "Bureau of Reclamation: Water Reuse Grant Program Supports Diverse Projects and Is Managed Consistently with Federal Regulations".

The report was sent to Rep. Jared Huffman, D-California, ranking member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-California, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Health Information Technology
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on patient record matching. The report (GAO-19-197) is titled "Health Information Technology: Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients' Records across Providers".

The report was sent to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Jan. 15. Here are ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Food and Nutrition Service's efforts to address Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program retailer trafficking. The report (GAO-19-167) is titled "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Actions Needed to Better Measure and Address Retailer Trafficking".

The report was sent to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Jim Jordan, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Improper Payments
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' improper payment risk assessments. The report (GAO-19-112) is titled "Improper Payments: Selected Agencies Need Improvements in Their Assessments to Better Determine and Document Risk Susceptibility".

The report was sent to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, and Rep. Gary J. Palmer, R-Alabama, on Jan. 10. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended (IPIA), defines "significant" ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Real Property
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the challenges the Department of Veterans Affairs faces in disposing of its vacant properties. The report (GAO-19-148) is titled "VA Real Property: Clear Procedures and Improved Data Collection Could Facilitate Property Disposals".

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 Jan. 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Conducting required ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Food Insecurity
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on food insecurity among college students. The report (GAO-19-95) is titled "Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits".

The report was sent to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Protective Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to organizational placement options for Federal Protective Service. The report (GAO-19-122) is titled "Federal Protective Service: DHS Should Take Additional Steps to Evaluate Organizational Placement".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Rep. J. Luis Correa, D-California, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-Louisiana, on Jan. 8. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In considering organizational placement options for the Department of Homeland Security's ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tobacco Exports
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the implementation of restrictions on promoting tobacco overseas. The report (GAO-19-124) is titled "Tobacco Exports: Agencies Have Implemented Restrictions on Promoting Tobacco Overseas but Additional Actions Could Strengthen Their Efforts".

The report was sent to Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, on Dec. 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foreign-Trade Zones
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board's evaluation processes. The report (GAO-19-91) is titled "Foreign-Trade Zones: Board Should Document Consideration of All Required Criteria When Evaluating Applications".

The report was sent to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Rep. Tom Emmer, R- Minnesota, on Nov. 27. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Navy Readiness
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the readiness of the Navy's attack submarine force. The report (GAO-19-229) is titled "Navy Readiness: Actions Needed to Address Costly Maintenance Delays Facing the Attack Submarine Fleet".

The report was sent to Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, and Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, D-Guam, ranking member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Readiness, on Nov. 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Navy has been unable to begin or complete the vast majority of its ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Agent Orange
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the the government's handling of Agent Orange on Guam. The report (GAO-19-24) is titled "Agent Orange: Actions Needed to Improve Accuracy and Communication of Information on Testing and Storage Locations".

The report was sent to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, D-Guam, ranking member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Readiness, and Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, D-Northern Mariana ... Show Full Article