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GAO Issues Report: Defense Industrial Base - DOD Should Take Actions to Strengthen Its Risk Mitigation Approach
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104154) entitled "Defense Industrial Base - DOD Should Take Actions to Strengthen Its Risk Mitigation Approach".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Defense's (DOD) Industrial Base Policy office does not yet have a consolidated and comprehensive strategy to mitigate risks to the industrial base--the companies that develop and manufacture technologies and weapon systems for DOD. The office is using a combination of four previously issued reports that ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Defense Health Care - Actions Needed to Improve Billing and Collection of Debt for Civilian Emergency Care
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104770) entitled "Defense Health Care - Actions Needed to Improve Billing and Collection of Debt for Civilian Emergency Care".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Department of Defense (DOD) documentation and officials have identified several benefits to providing care to civilian emergency patients at DOD medical treatment facilities (MTFs). For example, providing such care can promote the readiness of military health care providers because it increases the volume of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Higher Education - Testing Companies Most Commonly Granted Extra Time to Accommodate Individuals With Disabilities
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104430) entitled "Higher Education - Testing Companies Most Commonly Granted Extra Time to Accommodate Individuals with Disabilities".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Companies that administer standardized higher education tests grant a variety of accommodations to help ensure their tests are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The most common accommodations granted in 2019-2020 were for individuals who needed extra time or adjustments to the testing environment, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Facial Recognition Technology - Federal Agencies' Use and Related Privacy Protections
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-106100) entitled "Facial Recognition Technology - Federal Agencies' Use and Related Privacy Protections".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In August 2021, GAO reported its survey results on facial recognition technology (FRT) activities, which found that 18 of 24 agencies reported using FRT for one or more purposes, with digital access and domestic law enforcement as the most common. For example, two agencies reported testing FRT to verify identities of persons accessing ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Amateur Athlete Safety - Certification Related to the Independence of the U.S. Center for SafeSport for FY 2021
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-105572) entitled "Amateur Athlete Safety - Certification Related to the Independence of the U.S. Center for SafeSport for Fiscal 2021".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) is a nonprofit organization that plays a key role in ensuring the safety of amateur athletes. The Center has jurisdiction over the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (the Corporation) and its affiliated organizations (known as national governing bodies) ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Electronic Health Information - HHS Needs to Improve Communications for Breach Reporting
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-105425) entitled "Electronic Health Information - HHS Needs to Improve Communications for Breach Reporting".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Since 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has seen an increase in reported breaches while the number of affected individuals has varied each year from approximately 5 to 113 million. Such breaches of health information involve the unauthorized (intentional or unintentional) exposure, disclosure, or loss of ... Show Full Article