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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
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...
2016 Filing Season: IRS Improved Telephone Service but Needs to Better Assist Identity Theft Victims and Prevent Release of Fraudulent Refunds
GAO-17-492T: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
Taxpayers rely on IRS to help them comply with the tax code and file their taxes. We testified that, although IRS improved its telephone service during the 2016 tax filing season, service year-round was not as good. We also looked at how IRS helps taxpayers who are victims of ID theft refund fraud—wherein fraudsters pose as taxpayers and file returns seeking refunds. IRS has improved service fo...
Immigrant Investor Program: Proposed Project Investments in Targeted Employment Areas
GAO-17-487T: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
Congress created the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category to promote job creation and encourage capital investment in the United States by foreign investors. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 Program) requirements include investing $1 million in a new business that will result in the creation of at least 10 full-time positions for qualifying employees, or a reduced...
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Changes Planned to Budget Structure and Justification[back to top]
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 NRC’s budget, such as how it budgeted for overhead, had the unintended consequence of appearing to in...
Released on March 07, 2017
VA Construction: Improved Processes Needed to Monitor Contract Modifications, Develop Schedules, and Estimate Costs
GAO-17-70: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken steps to address challenges in managing projects to build medical facilities. In response to statutory requirements and additional congressional direction, VA is outsourcing management of certain such projects to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As of October 2016, VA had 23 ongoing projects costing $100 million or more. VA and USACE have...
Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on Veterans' Access to Choice Program Care[back to top]
GAO-17-397T: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Choice Program allows veterans to obtain health care services outside the Veterans Health Administration if those services are not available or readily accessible within VHA. We found that--if VHA staff and the Choice Program contractors take the maximum amount of time allowed for appointment scheduling--veterans could potentially wait up to 81 calendar days to attend their first appointments...
Released on March 03, 2017
Foreign Assistance: Agencies Can Improve the Quality and Dissemination of Program Evaluations[back to top]
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...