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GAO-18-33, Sexual Violence: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Efforts to Address the Continuum of Unwanted Sexual Behaviors, December 18, 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) policies on sexual harassment include some but not all of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) principles for preventing sexual violence and...



GAO-18-114, Sales Taxes: States Could Gain Revenue from Expanded Authority, but Businesses Are Likely to Experience Compliance Costs, November 16, 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Forty-five states and the District of Columbia levy taxes on the sale of goods and certain services, including those sold remotely, such as over the Internet. In 1992, the Supreme...



GAO-18-195R, Minority- and Women-Owned Business Contracting: Analysis of DOD Contract Awards, Fiscal Years 2010-2016, December 18, 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated over $230 billion to minority- and women-owned businesses from fiscal years 2010 to 2016. More than 80 percent of those funds (over $184...



GAO-18-121, Federal Student Aid: Better Program Management and Oversight of Postsecondary Schools Needed to Protect Student Information [Reissued on December 15, 2017], November 27, 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Education's (Education) Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and postsecondary schools collect, use, and share a variety of information—including personally...



GAO-18-180, Transportation Security Administration: Surface Transportation Inspector Activities Should Align More Closely With Identified Risks, December 14, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Transportation Security Administration (TSA) surface transportation security inspectors—known as surface inspectors—conduct a variety of activities to implement the agency's...



GAO-18-68, Health Insurance Exchanges: Changes in Benchmark Plans and Premiums and Effects of Automatic Re-enrollment on Consumers' Costs, November 14, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Through the exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, consumers can directly compare and select among health plans based on a variety of factors,...



GAO-18-91, Federal Pay: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Strategic Use of Special Payments, December 07, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Generally, federal agencies have seven broadly available government-wide special payment authorities to help address recruitment and retention challenges. Chief Human Capital...



GAO-18-136, Democracy Assistance: State Should Improve Accountability Over Funding; USAID Should Assess Whether New Processes Have Improved Award Documentation, December 14, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found In fiscal years 2012–2016, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) obligated $5.5 billion and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) obligated $610.2 million in...



GAO-18-16, Commercial Fishing Vessels: More Information Needed to Improve Classification Implementation, December 14, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Coast Guard, the only military service within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), investigated 2,101 commercial fishing vessel accidents between 2006 and 2015 that...



GAO-18-275T, Department of Justice: Continued Action Needed To Address Incarceration Challenges and Offenders' Reentry, December 13, 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Justice (DOJ) has fully addressed two of six GAO recommendations related to its incarceration reduction initiatives . In June 2015 and June 2016, GAO reported...



GAO-18-206, Climate Change Adaptation: DOD Needs to Better Incorporate Adaptation into Planning and Collaboration at Overseas Installations, November 13, 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The expected impacts of weather effects associated with climate change pose operational and budgetary risks to overseas infrastructure according to the Department of Defense (DOD),...



GAO-18-29, Personnel Security Clearances: Additional Actions Needed to Ensure Quality, Address Timeliness, and Reduce Investigation Backlog, December 12, 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Executive branch agencies have made progress reforming the security clearance process, but long-standing key initiatives remain incomplete. Progress includes the issuance of common...



GAO-18-74, Global Positioning System: Better Planning and Coordination Needed to Improve Prospects for Fielding Modernized Capability, December 12, 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) acquisition of the next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, known as GPS III, faces a number of acquisition challenges, but...



GAO-18-92, Federal Housing Administration: Capital Requirements and Stress Testing Practices Need Strengthening, November 09, 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) budgetary reviews of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund) assess whether it needs more budget authority to cover expected future...



GAO-18-64, Financial Services Industry: Trends in Management Representation of Minorities and Women and Diversity Practices, 2007-2015, November 08, 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Overall representation of minorities in first-, mid-, and senior-level management positions in the financial services industry increased from about 17 percent to 21 percent from...



GAO-18-128, European Reassurance Initiative: DOD Needs to Prioritize Posture Initiatives and Plan for and Report their Future Cost, December 08, 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found Since 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) has expanded the European Reassurance Initiative's (ERI) objectives, increased its funding, and planned enhancements to European...



GAO-18-12, Workplace Safety and Health: Better Outreach, Collaboration, and Information Needed to Help Protect Workers at Meat and Poultry Plants, November 09, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its annual inspections of the meat and poultry industry from 177 in 2005 to 244 in 2016....



GAO-18-267T, Veterans Affairs Information Technology: Historical Perspective on Health System Modernization Contracts and Update on Efforts to Address Key FITARA-Related Areas, December 07, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found For nearly two decades, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken multiple efforts to modernize its health information system—the Veterans Health Information Systems...



GAO-18-274T, Veterans Affairs Contracting: Improvements in Buying Medical and Surgical Supplies Could Yield Cost Savings and Efficiency, December 07, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor-Next Generation (MSPV-NG) program to provide an efficient, cost-effective way for its...



GAO-18-255T, Office of Financial Research: Observations on GAO Access to Information on Programs and Activities, December 07, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

GAO Views GAO has broad statutory authority to audit and evaluate agency transactions, programs, and activities, as well as a broad statutory right of access to agency records. Auditing standards...



GAO-18-284T, Homeland Security: DHS's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Consolidation Efforts, December 07, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found GAO's prior work has shown that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should complete, document, and make available analyses of key questions related to its chemical,...



GAO-18-131, Electricity Markets: Four Regions Use Capacity Markets to Help Ensure Adequate Resources, but FERC Has Not Fully Assessed Their Performance, December 07, 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found In four regions of the United States, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved capacity markets. These markets are generally designed to provide an additional...



GAO-18-277T, NASA: Preliminary Observations on the Management of Space Telescopes, December 06, 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) current portfolio of major space telescopes includes three projects that vary in cost, complexity, and phase of the...



GAO-18-118, Large Bank Supervision: Improved Implementation of Federal Reserve Policies Could Help Mitigate Threats to Independence, November 06, 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has not finalized and implemented its enterprise risk management (ERM) framework, and as a result, it may have limited...



GAO-18-88, Medicare and Medicaid: CMS Needs to Fully Align Its Antifraud Efforts with the Fraud Risk Framework, December 05, 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

What GAO Found The approach that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken for managing fraud risks across its four principal programs—Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's...