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Information on Defective Drywall
GAO-13-735R: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
GAO found that numerous claims for damage have been addressed through legal settlements partly paid by commercial insurance reimbursements. Three of the four insurers with whom GAO spoke contributed to legal settlements by paying for CGL claims stemming from lawsuits against their policyholders, and one of these insurers also made payments for CGL claims separate from legal settlements. The legal...
Grant Workforce: Agency Training Practices Should Inform Future Government-wide Efforts
GAO-13-591: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Identifying the federal grant workforce presents challenges due to differences in how agencies manage grants and the wide range of job series that make up the grant workforce. Some agencies manage grants by using a combination of program specialists (subject-matter experts) and grants management specialists, while other agencies use program specialists to manage the entire grant process. In the fo...
National Transportation Safety Board: Management and Operational Improvements Found, but Strategy Needed to Utilize Cost Accounting System
GAO-13-611: Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2013.
GAOs analysis found varying degrees of improvement associated with the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) actions in areas selected for review. Training Center utilization. NTSB increased utilization of its Training Centerboth non-classroom and classroom spacesince 2006. NTSB has also set and achieved its cost recovery goal at the Training Center in the last 2 fiscal years, all...
Financial Audit: American Battle Monuments Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011
GAO-13-641: Published: Jul 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2013.
In GAO's opinion, the financial statements of the American Battle Monuments Commission (the Commission) as of September 30, 2012 and 2011, and for the fiscal years then ended, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. However, GAO found two material weaknesses that resulted in ineffective internal control over financial report...
Federal Telework: Office of Personnel Management's 2012 Telework Report Shows Opportunities for Improvement
GAO-13-298R: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2013.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) partially reported on two of the seven reporting requirements of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, but did not report agency information for the five remaining requirements. This was because insufficient time had elapsed for all requirements of the act to be fully implemented and because agencies appeared to face challenges in measuring outcomes for som...
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Review of Compact Records and Information Management Program
GAO-13-615: Published: Jun 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2013.
In 2006, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) established a records and information management program to maintain and preserve its federal records. The program includes policies related to compact management records--a subset of MCC's federal records. These policies also address the handling of other compact-related information generated by MCC partner governments' accountable entities, whi...
Personnel Security Clearances: Further Actions Needed to Improve the Process and Realize Efficiencies
GAO-13-728T: Published: Jun 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2013.
In July 2012, GAO reported that the Director of National Intelligence, as Security Executive Agent, had not provided agencies clearly defined policy and procedures to consistently determine whether a civilian position required a security clearance. Underdesignating positions can lead to security risks; overdesignating positions can result in significant cost implications. Also, GAO reported that t...
Rail Safety: Preliminary Observations on Federal Rail Safety Oversight and Positive Train Control Implementation
GAO-13-679T: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2013.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) primarily monitors railroads' compliance with federal safety regulations through routine inspections by individual inspectors at specific sites on railroads' systems. Thirty states also employ railroad safety inspectors, who participate in a partnership program with FRA to conduct supplemental safety oversight activities based on FRA rail safety regulation...
Congressionally Chartered Organizations: Key Principles for Leveraging Nonfederal Resources
GAO-13-549: Published: Jun 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2013.
Four factors facilitated the ability of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Art, Presidio Trust, and Smithsonian Institution to leverage nonfederal resources: (1) unique legal authorities and management flexibilities; (2) benefits received from these congressionally chartered organizations' (CCO) federal status; (3) governing boards that provided management and oversight; and (...
Federal Retirement Processing: OPM Is Pursuing Incremental Information Technology Improvements after Canceling a Modernization Plagued by Management Weaknesses
GAO-13-580T: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
In a series of reviews, GAO found that the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) retirement modernization efforts were hindered by weaknesses in key management practices that are essential to successful information technology (IT) modernization projects. For example, in 2005, GAO made recommendations to address weaknesses in the following areas:Project management: While OPM had defined major comp...