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2020 Census: Prioritized Information Technology Research and Testing Is Needed for Census Design Decisions
GAO-14-389: Published: Apr 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2014.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) has made progress in researching and testing information technology (IT) options for the 2020 Decennial Census, but several of the supporting projects lack schedules and plans, and it is uncertain whether they will be completed in time to inform the decision on the operational design for the 2020 census, planned for September 2015. Specifically, it has begun research on...
Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Most Federal Spending Directly Supports Work with Manufacturers, but Distribution Could Be Improved
GAO-14-317: Published: Mar 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2014.
Of the approximately $608 million spent by the Department of Commerce's (Commerce) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in fiscal years 2009 through 2013 on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, NIST used most of the funds to directly support MEP centers. Specifically, NIST spent about $495 million on awards to centers and spent the rest on contracts, staff, agenc...
Economic Development Administration: Documentation of Award Selection Decisions Could Be Improved
GAO-14-131: Published: Feb 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2014.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) implemented a new procedure in fiscal year 2012 that requires its regional offices to complete a standard template to document the results of committee meetings in which proposed projects are discussed and potentially recommended for funding. However, GAO found that for the Public Works and Economic Development (Public Works) program and the Economic A...
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Improve Collaboration and Performance Management for Financial Assistance Programs
GAO-14-335T: Published: Feb 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2014.
Federal programs GAO reviewed that offer financial support to entrepreneurs, such as grants and loans, are fragmented and overlap based on the type of support they are authorized to offer and the type of entrepreneur they are authorized to serve. The Departments of Commerce (Commerce), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Agriculture (USDA); the Small Business Administration (SBA); and the Off...
In-Car Location-Based Services: Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers
GAO-14-81: Published: Dec 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.
Representatives from all 10 selected companies--auto manufacturers, portable navigation device (PND) companies, and developers of map and navigation applications for mobile devices--said they collect location data to provide consumers with location-based services. For example, companies collect location data to provide turn-by-turn directions. Nine companies share location data with third-party co...
2020 Census: Bureau Needs to Improve Scheduling Practices to Enhance Ability to Meet Address List Development Deadlines
GAO-14-59: Published: Nov 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2013.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) is not producing reliable schedules for the two programs most relevant to building the Master Address File (MAF)--the 2020 Research and Testing program and the Geographic Support System Initiative.The Bureau did not include all activities in either schedule. The schedules appeared to have reasonable durations for most activities, but they did not include information abou...
Workforce Investment Act: Results for Survey of Workforce Investment Boards (GAO-14-20SP, December 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-14-19 [Reissued on December 6, 2013]
GAO-14-20SP: Published: Dec 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2013.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-14-19. It presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of a nationally representative sample of workforce investment boards about how the local workforce areas they oversee guided Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker participants toward training in calendar year 2012.The survey asks questions about (1) which sources of labor market informat...
Geospatial Information: OMB and Agencies Can Reduce Duplication by Making Coordination a Priority
GAO-14-226T: Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2013.
The President and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have established policies and procedures for coordinating investments in geospatial data, however, in November 2012, GAO reported that governmentwide committees and federal departments and agencies had not effectively implemented them. The committee that was established to promote the coordination of geospatial data nationwide--the Federa...
2020 Census: Additional Actions Could Strengthen Future Census Test Designs
GAO-14-26: Published: Oct 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2013.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) generally followed most key practices for a sound study plan in designing the three initial field tests. However, some practices were only partially followed. For example, the test designs varied for four practices related to design process management. Good management of the design process can help managers identify factors that can affect the quality of a test, such as...
Federal Real Property: Selected Agencies Plan to Use Workforce Mobility to Reduce Space, but Most Efforts Are Too New to Have Realized Savings
GAO-14-41: Published: Oct 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2013.
The five selected agencies GAO reviewed are either exploring or taking actions such as increasing "telework" participation and implementing a "hoteling" program--which means that employees give up their individual, permanent space and use shared, nonpermanent workspaces when they are in the office-- to reduce their space needs. For example, as part of its headquarters renovation, the General Servi...