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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.

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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

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