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Released on March 15, 2017
Electricity: Status of Residential Deployment of Solar and Other Technologies and Potential Benefits and Challenges
GAO-17-142: Published: Feb 13, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
Federal and state policymakers have used a range of policies to encourage the deployment of solar systems and other technologies that allow residential customers to generate, store, and manage their electricity consumption. For example, federal tax incentives—such as the investment tax credit—have reduced customers' up-front costs of installing solar systems. In addition, a Department of Energ...
Health Information Technology: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information
GAO-17-305: Published: Mar 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
The Department of Health and Human Services wants all Americans to be able to access their health records electronically. Health care providers that participated in HHS's Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. We found that relatively few of these patients accessed their records online, and pat...
Veterans' Health Care: Limited Progress Made to Address Concerns That Led to High-Risk Designation[back to top]
GAO-17-473T: Published: Mar 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
We added Department of Veterans Affairs' health care to our High-Risk List in 2015 over concerns about the timeliness, quality, and safety of veterans' health care. It remains on our 2017 list. In today's testimony, we discussed how VA partially met 2 of our 5 criteria for getting off the list, and the more than 100 recommendations that remain open, reflecting our areas of concern for VA health...
Released on March 14, 2017
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Improved Planning of Future Rehabilitation Projects Could Prevent Limitations Identified with SafeTrack[back to top]
GAO-17-348: Published: Mar 14, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2017.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) planning of SafeTrack did not fully align with leading project management practices. While WMATA generally followed leading practices to coordinate with stakeholders, it did not comprehensively collect and use data on the condition of its assets, analyze project alternatives, and develop a project management plan before starting work. WM...
Released on March 13, 2017
Government Procurement: United States Reported Opening More Opportunities to Foreign Firms Than Other Countries, but Better Data Are Needed[back to top]
GAO-17-168: Published: Feb 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2017.
Under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), the United States has reported opening more procurement covered by the agreement to foreign firms than have other parties to the agreement. For example, U.S. data for 2010—the most recent available—show that the United States reported $837 billion in GPA-covered procurement. This amount is about twice as large...
Released on March 10, 2017
Department of Defense: Medical Conditions and Care for End-of-Service Military Working Dogs[back to top]
GAO-17-358: Published: Mar 10, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2017.
DOD has used military working dogs at home and abroad to assist and protect servicemembers by helping to detect explosives or other threats. After completing their service, the dogs can be adopted, transferred to a law enforcement agency, or euthanized. Based on available data, we found that the most prevalent medical conditions for dogs adopted during 2014 and 2015 included skin conditions, dent...
Released on March 09, 2017
Contracting Data Analysis: Assessment of Government-wide Trends
GAO-17-244SP: Published: Mar 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
Federal agencies spent over $430 billion on contracts for goods and services in 2015—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. To strengthen contracting practices and increase oversight of government spending, we analyzed contract data and identified overall trends in spending, competition, and contract type. From 2011 to 2015, we found that spending at defense agencies decreased by almo...
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...
Workplace Safety and Health: Information on OSHA Training for Workers on Workplace Hazards[back to top]
GAO-17-178: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Outreach Training Program–which offers training on job hazard recognition and avoidance–reflects many of the attributes of a well-designed training program identified in GAO's training guide. OSHA is not required to follow GAO's training guide; however, the program's design reflects at least one indicator for six...
Released on March 08, 2017
Department of Energy: Excess Uranium Transfers[back to top]
GAO-17-472T: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
DOE has an inventory of uranium, and periodically sells or transfers its excess—under the condition that sales or transfers will not have an adverse impact on the domestic uranium market, among other things. This testimony highlights several issues with DOE’s excess uranium transfers that we’ve found over the last decade. We found that DOE did not follow its own guidance for assessing the...