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Federal Real Property: Current Efforts, GAO Recommendations, and Proposed Legislation Could Address Challenges [Reissued on June 24, 2015]
GAO-15-688T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to improve the management of its real property and current efforts show promise. However, the issue is still on GAO's High-Risk List because the underlying challenges remain. Recent reform efforts include two from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):The 2012 “Freeze the Footprint” policy, which instructed agencies to keep the total...
Federal Real Property: Continued Efforts, Legislation, and Implementing GAO Recommendation Could Address Challenges
GAO-15-689T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to improve the management of its real property. Recent reform efforts include two from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):The 2012 “Freeze the Footprint” policy, which instructed agencies to keep the total square footage of their domestic office and warehouse inventory at a baseline level established using the Federal Real Property...
Information Technology: Additional Actions and Oversight Urgently Needed to Reduce Waste and Improve Performance in Acquisitions and Operations
GAO-15-675T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015.
Federal investments in information technology (IT) have often resulted in multimillion dollar cost overruns and years-long schedule delays, with questionable mission-related achievements. Further, the implementation of initiatives to improve IT acquisitions has been inconsistent. For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) established a process for holding face-to-face investment perfor...
Telecommunications: Agencies Need Better Controls to Achieve Significant Savings on Mobile Devices and Services
GAO-15-431: Published: May 21, 2015. Publicly Released: May 21, 2015.
Most of the 15 agencies GAO reviewed did not have an inventory of mobile devices and associated services that can be used to assess device usage. The majority of agencies delegated responsibility of their inventories to their components. Only 5 of the 15 agencies had complete service and device inventories at either the enterprise-level or at the components GAO reviewed. The remaining agencies eit...
Regulatory Guidance Processes: Selected Departments Could Strengthen Internal Control and Dissemination Practices
GAO-15-368: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: May 18, 2015.
The four departments—Agriculture (USDA), Education (Education), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor (DOL)—and their selected components used guidance for multiple purposes, such as clarifying or interpreting regulations and providing grant administration information. The terminology used for agency guidance varied and agency components issued varying amounts of guidance, ranging from ab...
Information Management: Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive
GAO-15-339: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The 24 federal agencies took actions toward implementing each of the seven requirements set forth in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive on managing government records (see table).Agency Implementation of Managing Government Directive RequirementsDirective areaDue dateNumber of agencies implementing requirementDesignate senior...
Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed to Ensure Portfolio Savings Are Realized and Effectively Tracked
GAO-15-296: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015.
Agencies decreased their planned PortfolioStat savings by at least 68 percent from what they reported to GAO in 2013. Specifically, while agencies initially had planned to save at least $5.8 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2015, these estimates were decreased to approximately $2 billion. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security accounted for most of the difference (see fig. below). F...
Coast Guard: Timely Actions Needed to Address Risks in Using Rotational Crews
GAO-15-195: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2015.
The Coast Guard has delayed the feasibility test for using the crew rotation concept (CRC) to achieve increased operational days at sea with its National Security Cutters (NSC) until 2019. In 2006, the Coast Guard decided to use the CRC for its NSCs and that implementation would begin in 2011. However, the Coast Guard has postponed CRC testing because of delays in NSC deliveries and needed structu...
Federal Chief Information Officers: Reporting to OMB Can Be Improved by Further Streamlining and Better Focusing on Priorities
GAO-15-106: Published: Apr 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2015.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directs agency chief information officers (CIO) to respond to 36 information technology (IT) management reporting requirements, largely on a quarterly or annual basis, that address several areas key to effective IT management (see figure).Number of Requirements per Key IT Management AreaOMB uses the information reported by CIOs to help it oversee the feder...
Municipalities in Fiscal Crisis: Federal Agencies Monitored Grants and Assisted Grantees, but More Could Be Done to Share Lessons Learned
GAO-15-222: Published: Mar 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2015.
Grant management challenges experienced by municipalities in fiscal crisis. The diminished capacity of selected municipalities in fiscal crisis hindered their ability to manage federal grants in several ways. First, reductions in human capital capacity through the loss of staff greatly reduced the ability of some cities to carry out grant compliance and oversight responsibilities. Second, the loss...