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Early Learning and Child Care: Federal Funds Support Multiple Programs with Similar Goals
GAO-14-325T: Published: Feb 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2014.
The federal investment in early learning and child care is administered through 45 programs that provide or may support related services to children from birth through age 5, as well as five tax provisions that subsidize private expenditures in this area. Among the 45 programs, 12 have an explicit program purpose of providing early learning or child care services. These programs differ in size, ta...
Federal Workforce: Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation
GAO-14-215: Published: Jan 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2014.
From 2004 to 2012, the federal non-postal civilian workforce grew by 258,882 employees, from 1.88 million to 2.13 million (14 percent). Permanent career employees accounted for most of the growth, increasing by 256,718 employees, from 1.7 million in 2004 to 1.96 million in 2012 (15 percent). Three agencies--the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA)--accou...
Telecommunications: GSA Needs to Share and Prioritize Lessons Learned to Avoid Future Transition Delays
GAO-14-63: Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.
Complex acquisition processes and weaknesses in project planning contributed to the delays experienced on the Networx transition, resulting in cost increases and missed savings. In particular, the complexity of the acquisition process was related to duplicative contract vehicles, the large number of service options, and changes related to the process for ensuring fair competition among service pro...
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Oversight of Carriers' Fraud and Abuse Programs
GAO-14-39: Published: Nov 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2013.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Healthcare & Insurance--Federal Employee Insurance Operations office, which we refer to as OPM's contracting office, monitors Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) carriers' compliance with requirements and other guidance for preventing, detecting, and eliminating fraud and abuse. These requirements include establishing a program to assess vulne...
Rail Safety: Improved Human Capital Planning Could Address Emerging Safety Oversight Challenges
GAO-14-85: Published: Dec 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2013.
The Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) rail-safety oversight framework relies on inspections to ensure railroads comply with federal safety regulations. FRA inspects railroad infrastructure and operations, identifies safety defects, and may, if warranted, cite the railroads for violations of federal safety regulations. The agency estimates that its inspectors have the ability to annually insp...
National Mediation Board: Strengthening Planning and Controls Could Better Facilitate Rail and Air Labor Relations
GAO-14-5: Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2013.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) recently updated its strategic plan but is not meeting some federal strategic planning and performance measurement requirements. NMB missed deadlines for updating its strategic plan and lacks performance measures to assess its progress in meeting its goals, even though an agency's strategic plan should form the basis for everything an agency does.NMB also lacks s...
Personnel Security Clearances: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Correct Designations of National Security Positions
GAO-14-139T: Published: Nov 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2013.
In July 2012, GAO reported that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), as Security Executive Agent, had not provided executive branch agencies clearly defined policy and procedures to consistently determine if a position requires a personnel security clearance. Absent this guidance, agencies are using an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) position designation tool to determine the sensitiv...
Federal Employees: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Performance Management Pilot
GAO-13-755: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2013.
GAO found that the GEAR framework generally addresses previously identified key practices for effective performance management, such as aligning individual performance expectations with organizational goals, but refinements could improve future government-wide implementation. Five federal agencies are piloting GEAR--the Departments of Energy (DOE), Homeland Security/Coast Guard (DHS/Coast Guard),...
Personnel Security Clearances: Opportunities Exist to Improve Quality Throughout the Process
GAO-14-186T: Published: Nov 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
Several agencies in the executive branch have key roles and responsibilities in the personnel security clearance process. Executive Order 13467 designates the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as the Security Executive Agent, who is responsible for developing policies and procedures for background investigations and adjudications. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts investigati...
Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Strengthen the American Battle Monuments Commission's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-14-105R: Published: Nov 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2013.
During its audit of the American Battle Monuments Commissions (the Commission) fiscal year 2012 financial statements, GAO identified two material weaknesses that resulted in ineffective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2012. Specifically, the material weaknesses concern the Commissions financial reporting process and its monitoring process. Because of these...