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Grants Management: Corporation for National and Community Service's Grant Monitoring Process Could Be Improved
GAO-17-528T: Published: Mar 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2017.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) process for monitoring grants is not fully aligned with federal internal controls (see fig.). Risks may go unidentified because CNCSâ€™s assessment process does not include all grants in the year they are first awarded; its scoring model does not assign the riskiest grants the highest priority for monitoring; and its monitoring of granteesâ...
Maritime Environment: Federal and State Actions, Expenditures, and Challenges to Addressing Abandoned and Derelict Vessels
GAO-17-202: Published: Mar 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2017.
Federal agencies respond to abandoned and derelict vessels (ADV) in accordance with federal law, interagency agreements, and funding availability. Federal laws and the National Contingency Planâ€”the government's blueprint for responding to oil and hazardous substance releasesâ€”establish federal agency roles for leading a response to an ADV-related incident based on various factors, such as the t...
Grants Management: Monitoring Efforts by Corporation for National and Community Service Could Be Improved
GAO-17-90: Published: Mar 21, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2017.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) assesses its grants before the beginning of each fiscal year and prioritizes its grant monitoring based on the scoring of certain indicators, such as potential performance or financial problems and the length of time since the last compliance visit. For fiscal year 2015, CNCS identified about 2,200 grants for assessment and prioritized 16.4...
Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting
GAO-17-247: Published: Feb 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2017.
How are federal agencies managing their 400,000+ teleworkers? The 4 agencies we reviewed (Ed, GSA, Labor & SEC) generally met the reporting requirements in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. However we found some barriers to telework program success: Training timing: Managers may make telework decisions before training. Documentation: Agencies may not review telework agreements annually or d...
Radioactive Sources: Opportunities Exist for Federal Agencies to Strengthen Transportation Security
GAO-17-58: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
Since September 11, 2001, the three federal agencies responsible for securing risk-significant radioactive sources (those considered most dangerous) during ground transport have taken steps to strengthen the security of these sources. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires source licensees to ensure that motor carriers transporting these sources have security measures, such as 24-hour mo...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Changes Planned to Budget Structure and Justification
GAO-17-294: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's budget increased 59 percent from fiscal year 2005 through 2010 in anticipation of growth in the commercial nuclear industry. When this growth did not occur, NRC began to reduce its budget, with a decrease of 6 percent since 2010. We found that some changes in NRCâ€™s budget, such as how it budgeted for overhead, had the unintended consequence of appearing to in...
Foreign Assistance: Agencies Can Improve the Quality and Dissemination of Program Evaluations
GAO-17-316: Published: Mar 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2017.
An estimated 73 percent of evaluations completed in fiscal year 2015 by the six U.S. agencies GAO reviewed generally or partially addressed all of the quality criteria GAO identified for evaluation design, implementation, and conclusions (see fig.). Agencies met some elements of the criteria more often than others. For example, approximately 90 percent of all evaluations addressed questions that a...
HUBZone Program: Oversight Has Improved But Some Weaknesses Remain
GAO-17-456T: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) designates economically distressed areas as Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones), based on data such as unemployment and poverty rates. Since 2008, GAO has issued several products that identified weaknesses in the HUBZone program and made recommendations to SBA to address them. While weaknesses remain, SBA has taken some steps to enhance prog...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Regulatory Fee-Setting Calculations Need Greater Transparency
GAO-17-232: Published: Feb 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) fiscal year 2016 final fee rule and work papers contained information that licensees could use to understand how NRC calculated its fees, but this information did not fully explain the agency's fee calculations. In this and prior fee rules, NRC set two types of fees: service fees and annual fees. NRC established an hourly fee rate for service fees to recov...
Federal Reserve System: Potential Implications of Modifying the Capital Surplus Account and Stock Ownership Requirement
GAO-17-243: Published: Feb 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2017.
According to Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) officials, capping the surplus account had little effect on Federal Reserve operations, and GAO found that modifying the stock dividend rate formula had no immediate effect on membership. Reserve Banks fund operations, pay dividends to member banks, and maintain a surplus account before remitting excess funds to the Department of the Treasury (...