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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...
Managing For Results: Agencies Have Elevated Performance Management Leadership Roles, but Additional Training Is Needed
GAO-13-356: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The designation of senior-level officials to key performance management roles with responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) has helped elevate accountability for performance management within federal agencies and ensure high-level involvement, according to officials GAO interviewed. The 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies have...
Private Pensions: Timely Action Needed to Address Impending Multiemployer Plan Insolvencies
GAO-13-240: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2013.
The most severely distressed multiemployer plans have taken significant steps to address their funding problems and, while most plans expected improved financial health, some did not. A survey conducted by a large actuarial and consulting firm serving multiemployer plans suggests that the large majority of the most severely underfunded plans--those designated as being in critical status--either ha...
California High-Speed Passenger Rail: Project Estimates Could Be Improved to Better Inform Future Decisions
GAO-13-304: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) met some, but not all of the best practices in GAO's Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (Cost Guide) for producing cost estimates that are accurate, comprehensive, well documented, and credible. By not following all best practices, there is increased risk of such things as cost overruns, missed deadlines, and unmet performance targets. The Aut...
Financial Stability: Continued Actions Needed to Strengthen New Council and Research Office
GAO-13-467T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and Office of Financial Research (OFR) face challenges in achieving their missions. For example, collaboration among FSOC members can be challenging, as almost all members represent independent agencies that retain existing authorities. Additionally, OFR faces the challenge of building a world-class research organization while meeting shorter-term r...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Awareness, Use, and Usefulness of SaferProducts.gov
GAO-13-306: Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2013.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has used various approaches to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov, including using social media, public service announcements, and printed materials, and promoting the site during speeches and events. CPSC's efforts to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov have been part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the agency as a whole. Whil...
Private Pensions: Multiemployer Plans and PBGC Face Urgent Challenges
GAO-13-428T: Published: Mar 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2013.
The most severely distressed multiemployer plans have taken significant steps to address their funding problems and, while most plans expected improved financial health, some did not. A survey conducted by a large actuarial and consulting firm serving multiemployer plans suggests that the majority of the most severely underfunded plans--those designated as being in critical status--developed plans...
Characteristics of Presidential Appointments that do not Require Senate Confirmation
GAO-13-299R: Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
In summary, GAO found the following:There are 321 PA positions governmentwide, which fall into three general groups-- 67 percent of PA positions exist within commissions, councils, committees, boards or foundations; another 29 percent of PA positions are within the Executive Office of the President (EOP); and the remaining 4 percent are within other federal departments or agencies. Within each of...