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Program Evaluation: Some Agencies Reported that Networking, Hiring, and Involving Program Staff Help Build Capacity
GAO-15-25: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2014.
In a governmentwide survey of agency Performance Improvement Officers (PIO), GAO found uneven levels of evaluation expertise, organizational support within and outside the organization, and use across the government. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) is a key component of the enabling environment for federal evaluation capacity, having established a solid foundation of agen...
Federal Paid Administrative Leave: Additional Guidance Needed to Improve OPM Data
GAO-15-79: Published: Oct 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2014.
Policies. Agencies have the authority to grant paid administrative leave—an excused absence without loss of pay or charge to individual leave—and to set policies governing its use. Among the five agencies GAO reviewed—the Departments of Defense (DOD), the Interior, and Veterans Affairs (VA); the General Services Administration; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—age...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks
GAO-15-17: Published: Oct 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2014.
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials, industry representatives, consumer groups, and subject-matter experts GAO interviewed, the timeliness of CPSC's responses may be affected by several factors, including (1) compliance actions that can involve litigation, (2) reliance on voluntary standards, (3) rulemaking procedures, (4) restrictions on sharing information with the p...
Elections: Observations on Wait Times for Voters on Election Day 2012
GAO-14-850: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014.
On the basis of GAO's nationwide generalizable survey of local election jurisdictions, GAO estimates that 78 percent (from 74 to 83 percent) of jurisdictions did not collect data that would allow them to calculate wait times, primarily because wait times have not been an issue, and most jurisdictions did not have long wait times on Election Day 2012. Specifically, GAO estimates that 78 percent (fr...
Managing for Results: Agencies' Trends in the Use of Performance Information to Make Decisions
GAO-14-747: Published: Sep 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014.
Agencies' reported use of performance information, as measured by GAO's use of performance information index, generally did not improve between 2007 and 2013. The index was derived from a set of survey questions in the 2007 and 2013 surveys that reflected the extent to which managers reported that their agencies used performance information for various management activities and decision making. GA...
Financial Stability Oversight Council: Status of Efforts to Improve Transparency, Accountability, and Collaboration
GAO-14-873T: Published: Sep 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2014.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council's (FSOC) has taken steps to address some of GAO's September 2012 recommendations, but additional efforts are needed. GAO made nine recommendations to FSOC in three areas: emerging threats and risks identification, transparency and accountability, and collaboration and coordination. GAO recommended, among other things, that FSOC:develop a systematic approac...
Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans
GAO-14-742R: Published: Sep 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2014.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), insurance plans offered in health insurance exchanges—known as qualified health plans (QHP)—may cover abortion services as a benefit consistent with federal and state law. Federal law applicable to QHPs for the 2014 benefit year prohibits the use of federal funds made available to offset the cost of QHP coverage to pay for abortion...
Federal Rulemaking: Agencies Included Key Elements of Cost-Benefit Analysis, but Explanations of Regulations' Significance Could Be More Transparent [Reissued on September 12, 2014]
GAO-14-714: Published: Sep 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2014.
How often and to what extent agencies included selected key elements of cost-benefit analysis varied by rule type. The selected key elements in GAO's review are a statement of purpose; monetized or quantified costs and benefits or a qualitative discussion of them; and a discussion of alternatives. The 203 rules GAO reviewed are categorized into three broad, nonmutually exclusive categories—major...
Missouri River Flood and Drought: Experts Agree the Corps Took Appropriate Action, Given the Circumstances, but Should Examine New Forecasting Techniques
GAO-14-741: Published: Sep 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2014.
Experts who participated in a GAO-sponsored meeting agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) made appropriate release decisions during the 2011 flood and 2012 and 2013 drought affecting the Missouri River basin, given the severity of these events. These experts acknowledged that the flood was primarily due to extreme rain in eastern Montana in May and June 2011. The experts agreed that...
Human Capital: OPM Needs to Improve the Design, Management, and Oversight of the Federal Classification System
GAO-14-677: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 2014.
GAO's analysis of subject matter specialists' comments, related literature, and interviews with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officials identified a number of important characteristics for a modern, effective classification system, which GAO consolidated into eight key attributes (see table below). GAO's analysis shows that in concept the current General Schedule (GS) classification system'...