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Elections: Issues Related to Registering Voters and Administering Elections
GAO-16-630: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
According to GAO's literature review and election officials interviewed, the benefits of collecting and sharing voter registration information electronically include improved accuracy and cost savings; while challenges include upfront investments and ongoing maintenance, among other things. For example, establishing infrastructure for online registration requires time and money, but can generate s...
Program Integrity: Views on the Use of Commercial Data Services to Help Identify Fraud and Improper Payments
GAO-16-624: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Officials from selected federal agencies told GAO that using commercial data services can help their agencies improve the efficiency of program integrity activities. For example, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials told GAO that using commercial data service providers to provide web and phone-based services to help authenticate certain taxpayer's identities likely allowed their staff to focus...
Information Security: FDIC Implemented Controls over Financial Systems, but Further Improvements are Needed
GAO-16-605: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has implemented numerous information security controls intended to protect its key financial systems; however, weaknesses remain that place the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial systems and information at risk. During calendar year 2015, the corporation continued to devote attention to securing its financial information and s...
Federal Real Property: Observations on GSA's Canceled Swap Exchange Involving Buildings in the Federal Triangle South Area
GAO-16-571R: Published: Jun 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
In 2012, the General Services Administration (GSA) began exploring a project, called a “swap exchange,” to exchange up to five office buildings located in the Federal Triangle South area of Washington, D.C., to finance construction services at GSA headquarters and other federal properties. The purpose of the exchange was to dispose of excess federal property while providing over 11,000 feder...
Information Security: Agencies Need to Improve Controls over Selected High-Impact Systems
GAO-16-501: Published: May 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2016.
In GAO's survey of 24 federal agencies, the 18 agencies having high-impact systems identified cyber attacks from “nations” as the most serious and most frequently-occurring threat to the security of their systems. These agencies also noted that attacks delivered through e-mail were the most serious and frequent. During fiscal year 2014, 11 of the 18 agencies reported 2,267 incidents affecting...
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace
GAO-16-62: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
Nonexecutive employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who responded to GAO's survey identified strengths and areas for improvement in CFPB's personnel practices and culture. Most respondents agreed that enthusiasm for CFPB's mission is high and that immediate supervisors respect and value differences among individuals. However, GAO's survey found heightened concerns related to...
Government Purchase Cards: Opportunities Exist to Leverage Buying Power
GAO-16-526: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
The agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), the Interior (Interior), Homeland Security, and Energy (Energy), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have made varied use of purchase card data, and additional opportunities exist to negotiate discounts and leverage buying power. As the chart below shows, spending with government purchase cards repr...
Environmental Protection: Status of GAO Recommendations to EPA
GAO-16-722T: Published: Jun 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2016.
As of May 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had implemented 174 of the 325 recommendations GAO made in fiscal years 2006 through 2015. EPA had not yet implemented the remaining 151 recommendations. The figure below shows the status of the 325 recommendations, which fall into six broad categories that relate to EPA programs and operations. These are: (1) management and operat...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in CFPB's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-16-522R: Published: Jun 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2016.
During its audit of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) fiscal years 2015 and 2014 financial statements, GAO identified deficiencies in CFPB’s internal control over accounting for property, equipment, and software that collectively constituted a significant deficiency in CFPB’s internal control over financial reporting. Specifically, GAO found that CFPB did not effectively desi...
Federal Workforce: Distribution of Performance Ratings Across the Federal Government, 2013
GAO-16-520R: Published: May 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2016.
In calendar year 2013 (the most recent data available at the time of our review), of approximately 1.2 million permanent, non-Senior Executive Service (SES) employees at the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies, GAO found that about 71.4 percent (or about 836,900 employees) were rated using a 5-level performance appraisal system. This was followed by a 2-level pass/fail system (about 12...