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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, on Jan. 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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