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Small Business Contracting: Updated Guidance and Reporting Needed for Consolidated Contracts
GAO-14-36: Published: Nov 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the General Services Administration (GSA)--which accounted for more than 80 percent of the consolidated contracts reported by all federal agencies in fiscal years 2011 and 2012--do not know the full extent to which they are awarding consolidated contracts. This is the result of contracts being misreported in the federal procurement data system. GAO reviewed 157...
Information Resellers: Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace
GAO-13-663: Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2013.
No overarching federal privacy law governs the collection and sale of personal information among private-sector companies, including information resellers. Instead, a variety of laws tailored to specific purposes, situations, or entities governs the use, sharing, and protection of personal information. For example, the Fair Credit Reporting Act limits the use and distribution of personal informati...
Small Business Innovation Research: Data Rights Protections
GAO-14-116R: Published: Nov 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2013.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program targets small businesses for federal research or research and development funding to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The Small Business Administration (SBA), which oversees the program, is in the process of amending the provisions of the SBIR policy directive that pertain to small businesses retaining the rights to data they...
Information on Defective Drywall
GAO-13-735R: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
GAO found that numerous claims for damage have been addressed through legal settlements partly paid by commercial insurance reimbursements. Three of the four insurers with whom GAO spoke contributed to legal settlements by paying for CGL claims stemming from lawsuits against their policyholders, and one of these insurers also made payments for CGL claims separate from legal settlements. The legal...
911 Services: Most States Used 911 Funds for Intended Purposes, but FCC Could Improve Its Reporting on States' Use of Funds
GAO-13-376: Published: Apr 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
Although states faced challenges and delays in the past, states have made significant progress implementing wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) since 2003. Wireless E911 deployment usually proceeds through two phases: Phase I provides general caller location information by identifying the cell tower or cell site that is receiving the wireless call; Phase II provides more precise caller-location informati...
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: Planning and Data System for VA's Verification Program Need Improvement
GAO-13-425T: Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.
In summary, the two key findings from GAO's January 2013 report are:VA has instituted a number of significant changes to its verification processes to improve and address program weaknesses but continues to face challenges in its efforts to establish a stable and efficient program to verify firms on a timely and consistent basis. These challenges are directly related to shortcomings in strategic p...
Export Promotion: Small Business Administration Needs to Improve Collaboration to Implement Its Expanded Role
GAO-13-217: Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and five other key agencies provide a variety of export promotion services to small businesses. In addition to outreach, which all six agencies conduct, SBA's primary activities include counseling and training, provided mainly through nonfederal partner entities called Small Business Development Centers, and export financing, provided through SBA's Office of...
DOD's Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts
GAO-13-308R: Published: Feb 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2013.
We found that DOD awarded 51 sole source 8(a) contracts over $20 million between October 2009 and September 2012. As we reported in our December 2012 government-wide review, DOD awarded eight sole-source 8(a) contracts worth over $20 million from March 16, 2011, when the requirement was implemented in the FAR, through March 31, 2012, the most recent data available at the time of our review. Of the...
Federal Contracting: Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts
GAO-13-118: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 required that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) be amended within 180 days after enactment to require justifications for 8(a) sole-source contracts over $20 million. These justifications bring more attention to large 8(a) sole source contracts. The FAR Council, which updates the FAR, missed this mandatory deadline by almost...
Product Safety Laboratories: OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination
GAO-13-88: Published: Dec 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.
The Department of Labor's (Labor) Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) process for accrediting Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) is lengthy due to the scope of staff members' responsibilities and unclear application procedures for accreditation. Among the 13 recently approved applications, OSHA took between 1 and 5 years to make accreditation decisions. All of the...