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Released on November 28, 2016
Whistleblower Protection: Additional Actions Would Improve Recording and Reporting of Appeals Data[back to top]
GAO-17-110: Published: Nov 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2016.
Of the two types of whistleblower appeals—individual right of action (IRA) and otherwise appealable action (OAA)—Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) data show higher numbers of IRA appeals received by MSPB after enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA). In an IRA appeal, an individual has been subject to a personnel action, such as a reassignment, and claims t...
Released on November 25, 2016
Commercial Space: FAA Should Examine How to Appropriately Regulate Space Support Vehicles[back to top]
GAO-17-100: Published: Nov 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2016.
Company officials GAO interviewed identified potential uses for “space support vehicles”—which include a variety of aircraft from high-performance jets to balloons and the aircraft portion of a hybrid launch systems (a vehicle that contains elements of both an aircraft and a rocket-powered launch vehicle)—but the size of the market for these uses is unclear. Company officials said they pla...
Released on November 22, 2016
Commercial Space Launch Insurance: Views Differ on Need for Change to Insurance Approach but Clarification Is Needed[back to top]
GAO-17-88: Published: Nov 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2016.
Of the 10 spaceport operators (entities that host launches from their property) that are currently licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 3 have had commercial activity in the last 5 years, and all 3 told GAO that they have both property and liability coverage to protect themselves from losses resulting from space launch mishaps. Federal laws and regulations do not require spacepor...
Released on November 21, 2016
401(K) Plans: Effects of Eligibility and Vesting Policies on Workers' Retirement Savings
GAO-17-69: Published: Oct 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
GAO's nongeneralizable survey of 80 401(k) plans ranging in size from fewer than 100 participants to more than 5,000 and its review of industry data found that many plans have policies that affect workers' ability to (1) save in plans (eligibility policies), (2) receive employer contributions, and (3) keep those employer contributions if they leave their job (vesting policies). Thirty-three of 80...
Navy Ship Maintenance: Action Needed to Maximize New Contracting Strategy's Potential Benefits
GAO-17-54: Published: Nov 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Navy's Multiple Award Contract, Multi Order (MAC-MO) contracting strategy for ship repair offers a number of potential benefits compared to the former Multi Ship, Multi-Option (MSMO) contracting strategy, including increased competition. A key difference is that the MAC-MO strategy intends to control costs through the use of firm-fixed price contracts and the use of third-party planners, which...
Program Management: DOE Needs to Develop a Comprehensive Policy and Training Program
GAO-17-51: Published: Nov 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have not established policies addressing internal control standards and leading practices related to program management. There are no federal government-wide standards specifically addressing program management. However, federal internal control standards include principles that are relevant to key roles such as...
Small Business Administration: Agency Has Controls to Comply with Paperwork Reduction Act but Could Improve Accessibility and Consistency of Disaster Loan Information
GAO-17-67: Published: Nov 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) process for complying with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) includes a number of controls to help disaster business loan forms comply with the act and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements (see figure). For example, SBA has a standard operating procedure that documents its clearance process; a requirement to solicit public comments; and a requi...
Veterans Health Care: Improvements Needed in Operationalizing Strategic Goals and Objectives[back to top]
GAO-17-50: Published: Oct 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) uses a multi-step strategic planning process to develop its strategic goals and objectives, which includes two key steps—(1) identifying and assessing factors that may affect health care delivery, which is referred to as environmental scanning, and (2) holding the annual National Leadership Council (NLC) Strategic Plan...
Released on November 18, 2016
Student Loans: Oversight of Servicemembers' Interest Rate Cap Could Be Strengthened[back to top]
GAO-17-4: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2016.
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides servicemembers with an interest rate cap of 6 percent on student loans while they are on active duty. The number of servicemembers with federal student loans who received this rate cap increased as a result of the Department of Education (Education) requiring federal loan servicers to regularly use the Department of Defense's (DOD) SCRA website t...
Released on November 17, 2016
Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2015 Certificated Expenditures Were Spent for Authorized Purposes[back to top]
GAO-17-116R: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016.
For fiscal year 2015, the President of the United States under 3 U.S.C. 105(d)(1), (3), and (5) certificated $14,103,046 of expenditures, and the Vice President of the United States under 3 U.S.C. 106(b)(2) and (3) certificated $76,807 of expenditures. These amounts were reflected in the underlying accounting records and attested to by the Chief Financial Officer of the Executive Office of the Pre...