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Released on February 06, 2017
Foster Care: HHS Has Taken Steps to Support States' Oversight of Psychotropic Medications, but Additional Assistance Could Further Collaboration
GAO-17-129: Published: Jan 5, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2017.
State child welfare and Medicaid officials in seven selected states reported a variety of practices to support the appropriate use of psychotropic medications, which affect mood, thought, or behavior, for children in foster care. Practices include screening for mental health conditions, developing prescription guidelines, and monitoring a child's health while on medication. Additional state effort...
Medicaid: Program Oversight Hampered by Data Challenges, Underscoring Need for Continued Improvements[back to top]
GAO-17-173: Published: Jan 6, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2017.
GAO found that available Medicaid expenditure and utilization data do not provide CMS with sufficient information to consistently ensure that payments are proper or that beneficiaries have access to covered services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicaid program, relies on two key data s...
Released on February 03, 2017
Depot Maintenance: Executed Workload and Maintenance Operations at DOD Depots
GAO-17-82R: Published: Feb 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
From fiscal year 2012 through 2015, the workload executed across the military services’ depots fluctuated. For all four military services, the greatest decrease in depot maintenance workload occurred in fiscal year 2013, which officials attributed to sequestration. Specifically, in response to reduced funding levels, some military services deferred depot maintenance that had been planned for fis...
Military Compensation: Additional Actions Are Needed to Better Manage Special and Incentive Pay Programs
GAO-17-39: Published: Feb 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) special and incentive (S&I) pay obligations for active duty servicemembers decreased from fiscal years 2005 through 2015 from $5.8 billion to $3.4 billion (about 42 percent) in constant 2015 dollars (see fig.). DOD officials attributed the decrease to a combination of reduced overseas contingency operations, a reduced annual average strength of the force, and a fa...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Better Information Needed on Results of National Nuclear Security Administration's Research and Technology Development Projects
GAO-17-210: Published: Feb 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
The full extent to which research and technology development projects managed by two programs in the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) have resulted in advanced (progressed technologies or science supporting them), transitioned (provided to users for further development or deployment), or deployed (used in the field) technologies is...
Union Activities: VA Could Better Track the Amount of Official Time Used by Employees[back to top]
GAO-17-105: Published: Jan 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot accurately track the amount of work time employees spend on union representational activities, referred to as official time, agency-wide because it does not have a standardized way for its facilities to record and calculate official time. Specifically:Recording official time —VA uses two separate time and attendance systems that capture official ti...
Released on February 01, 2017
Cybersecurity: DHS's National Integration Center Generally Performs Required Functions but Needs to Evaluate Its Activities More Completely[back to top]
GAO-17-163: Published: Feb 1, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2017.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken steps to perform each of its 11 statutorily required cybersecurity functions, such as being a federal civilian interface for sharing cybersecurity-related information with federal and nonfederal entities. It manages several programs that provide data used in developing 43...
Released on January 31, 2017
Coast Guard: Most Training Providers Expect to Implement Revised International Maritime Standards by the Deadline Despite Challenges
GAO-17-40: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2017.
Most training providers (80 percent) who responded to GAO's survey reported that they were satisfied with guidance the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) provided to assist them in implementing the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements. However, 58 percent of respondents, including state maritime academies, private f...
Defense Infrastructure: DOD Needs Clearer Guidance on Notifying Congress of Privately Financed Construction Projects [Reissued on January 31, 2017]
GAO-17-76: Published: Jan 19, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2017.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued Instruction 7700.18, which outlines the congressional reporting requirements for all commissary surcharge and nonappropriated fund projects—those funded by revenue-generating military activities such as commissaries, exchanges, and some recreational facilities—as well as privately financed projects. The Instruction requires that major projects of thes...
2016 Filing Season: IRS Improved Telephone Service but Needs to Better Assist Identity Theft Victims and Prevent Release of Fraudulent Refunds[back to top]
GAO-17-186: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2017.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided better telephone service to callers during the 2016 filing season—generally between January and mid-April—compared to 2015. However, its performance during the full fiscal year remained low. IRS does not make this nor other types of customer service information easily available to taxpayers, such as in an online dashboard. Without easily accessible i...