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DOE Loan Guarantees: Further Actions Are Needed to Improve Tracking and Review of Applications
GAO-12-157: Published: Mar 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2012.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has made $15 billion in loan guarantees and conditionally committed to an additional $15 billion, but the program does not have the consolidated data on application status needed to facilitate efficient management and program oversight. For the 460 applications to the Loan Guarantee Program (LGP), DOE has made loan guarantees for 7 percent and committed to an additio...
Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. Government Financial Statements: The Federal Government Faces Continuing Financial Management and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges
GAO-12-444T: Published: Mar 1, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2012.
Three long-standing major impediments continued to prevent GAO from expressing an opinion on the federal governments accrual-based consolidated financial statements: (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that have prevented DODs financial statements from being audited, (2) federal entities inability to adequately account for and reconcile in...
2012 Annual Report: Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue
GAO-12-342SP: Published: Feb 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2012.
This is GAO's second annual report to Congress in response to the statutory requirement that GAO identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives, either within departments or governmentwide, which have duplicative goals or activities. For 81 additional opportunities to reduce potential duplication, save tax dollars, and enhance revenue, which we identified in March 2011, see GAO-11-3...
Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request: U.S. Government Accountability Office
GAO-12-455T: Published: Feb 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2012.
This testimony discusses the U.S. Government Accountability Offices (GAO) budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2013. GAO very much appreciates the confidence Congress has shown in the efforts to help support the Congress in carrying out its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve government performance and accountability for the benefit of the American people.GAO is requesting an...
Strategic Sourcing: Office Supplies Pricing Study Had Limitations, but New Initiative Shows Potential for Savings
GAO-12-178: Published: Dec 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2011.
GSA estimated that federal agencies spent about $1.6 billion during fiscal year 2009 purchasing office supplies from more than 239,000 vendors. GSA concluded that agency buyers paid higher prices when they bought office supplies outside GSAs Multiple Award Schedule program than they would have using the schedules or OS II. According to GSA, the price premiums averaged 75 percent compared to...
Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
GAO-12-22: Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.
In recent years, nearly half of all annual apprehensions of illegal aliens along the entire Southwest border with Mexico have occurred along the Arizona border. Keeping illegal flows of people and drugs under control remains a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived a...
USDA's Application of Administrative PAYGO to Its Mandatory Spending Programs
GAO-11-921R: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, about 80 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) total outlays of about $129 billion was used to fund mandatory spending programs--programs with at least some spending that is controlled through eligibility rules, benefit formulas, and other parameters that are set in law other than appropriations acts. At USDA, mandatory spending programs include the majority o...
The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook: Fall 2011 Update
GAO-12-28SP: Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.
Since 1992, GAO has published long-term fiscal simulations showing federal deficits and debt under different sets of assumptions. GAO developed its long-term model in response to a bipartisan request from members of Congress concerned about the long-term effects of fiscal policy. GAO's simulations provide context for consideration of policy options. They are not intended to suggest particular poli...
Environmental Protection Agency: Management Challenges and Budget Observations
GAO-12-149T: Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces a number of management and budgetary challenges, which are particularly important as Congress seeks to decrease the cost of government while improving its performance. EPA operates in a highly complex and controversial regulatory arena, and its policies and programs affect virtually all segments of the economy, society, and government. From fiscal ye...
Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide
GAO-11-908: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as s...