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Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: NNSA's Reviews of Budget Estimates and Decisions on Resource Trade-offs Need Strengthening
GAO-12-806: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
The National Nuclear Security Administrations (NNSA) planning, programming, budgeting, and evaluation (PPBE) process provides a framework for the agency to plan, prioritize, fund, and evaluate its program activities. Formal policies guide NNSA and management and operating (M&O) contractors through each of four phases of the agencys PPBE cycleplanning, programming, budgeting, and...
Overseas Rightsizing: State Has Improved the Consistency of Its Approach, but Does Not Follow Up on Its Recommendations
GAO-12-799: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Department of State (State) has improved the consistency of its rightsizing approach across overseas posts. However, differences between future staffing levels it projects are appropriate to meet mission needs and actual staffing levels still exist due to unanticipated events and other factors. GAO reported in 2006 that States Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation (M/PR...
Surface Transportation: Financing Program Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Communication
GAO-12-641: Published: Jun 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Projects that received credit assistance through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT), tend to be large, high-cost highway projects. As of April 2012, DOT has executed 27 TIFIA credit agreements for 26 projects with project sponsors such as state DOTs and transit agencies. Overall, DOT has provided near...
Debt Limit: Analysis of 2011-2012 Actions Taken and Effect of Delayed Increase on Borrowing Costs
GAO-12-701: Published: Jul 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
On August 2, 2011, Congress and the President enacted the Budget Control Act of 2011, which established a process that increased the debt limit to its current level of $16.4 trillion through incremental increases effective on August 2, 2011; after close of business on September 21, 2011; and after close of business on January 27, 2012. Delays in raising the debt limit occurred prior to the August...
Government Transparency: Efforts to Improve Information on Federal Spending
GAO-12-913T: Published: Jul 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2012.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies have taken steps to improve federal spending data available on USAspending.gov. This effort to publicly display comprehensive data arose from the federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which required OMB to establish a free, publicly accessible website containing data on federal awards and subawards. OMB lau...
Marine Corps Depot Maintenance: Budgeting and Management of Carryover Could Be Improved
GAO-12-539: Published: Jun 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2012.
GAOs analysis of Marine Corps depot maintenance activity group (DMAG) reports showed that from fiscal years 2004 through 2011, reported actual carryover exceeded the allowable amounts in the most recent 6 years of the 8- year period, ranging from $59 million in fiscal year 2007 to $7 million in fiscal year 2011. GAOs analysis also showed that the amounts of carryover exceeding the allo...
Veterans' Health Care Budget: Transparency and Reliability of Some Estimates Supporting President's Request Could Be Improved
GAO-12-689: Published: Jun 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2012.
The Presidents fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services was $165 million more than the earlier advance appropriations request for the same year. This request reflected a $2 billion increase for initiatives and a $2.1 billion decrease for ongoing health care services, for a net decrease of $110 million in expected obligations. This...
IRS 2013 Budget: Continuing to Improve Information on Program Costs and Results Could Aid in Resource Decision Making
GAO-12-603: Published: Jun 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2012.
The results of our work show:IRS absorbed the 2.5 percent or $305 million fiscal year 2012 reduction by decreasing FTEs and other costs, primarily in the Enforcement and Operations Support appropriations. Several of our recent reports show that other opportunities exist to increase efficiencies through, for example, automating some services leveraging paid tax return preparers, and conducting more...
GAO Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project SchedulesExposure Draft
GAO-12-120G: Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is responsible for, among other things, assisting the Congress in its oversight of the federal government, including agencies stewardship of public funds. To use public funds effectively, the government must meet the demands of todays changing world by employing effective management practices and processes, including the measurement of governme...
Agency Operations: Agencies Must Continue to Comply with Fiscal Laws Despite the Possibility of Sequestration
GAO-12-675T: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
The Budget Control Act of 2011, amending the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, establishes limits on discretionary spending for fiscal years 2012 through 2021. In addition, the Act specifies additional limits on discretionary spending and automatic reductions in direct spending because legislation was not enacted that would reduce projected deficits by at least $1.2 trilli...