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Federal Real Property: Improving Data Transparency and Expanding the National Strategy Could Help Address Long-standing Challenges
GAO-16-275: Published: Mar 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services Administration (GSA), and selected agencies have taken steps to improve the quality of data in the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP)—the government-wide real property database. Those steps include issuing guidance and implementing various data validation procedures. Starting with fiscal year 2015 data, OMB and GSA are transitioni...
Managing for Results: Practices for Effective Agency Strategic Reviews
GAO-15-602: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015.
GAO identified seven practices federal agencies can employ to facilitate effective strategic reviews and illustrated aspects of those practices through examples from the strategic review processes conducted at the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Education (Education), Homeland Security (DHS), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Nationa...
Federal Real Property: Current Efforts, GAO Recommendations, and Proposed Legislation Could Address Challenges [Reissued on June 24, 2015]
GAO-15-688T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to improve the management of its real property and current efforts show promise. However, the issue is still on GAO's High-Risk List because the underlying challenges remain. Recent reform efforts include two from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):The 2012 “Freeze the Footprint” policy, which instructed agencies to keep the total...
Federal Real Property: Continued Efforts, Legislation, and Implementing GAO Recommendation Could Address Challenges
GAO-15-689T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to improve the management of its real property. Recent reform efforts include two from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):The 2012 “Freeze the Footprint” policy, which instructed agencies to keep the total square footage of their domestic office and warehouse inventory at a baseline level established using the Federal Real Property...
U.S. Postal Service: Improved Management Procedures Needed for Parcel Select Contracts
GAO-15-408: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015.
In June 2014, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) established standard procedures that departments should follow to manage all negotiated service agreement (NSA) contracts, including Parcel Select NSAs. Although the procedures, in part, address some leading contract management practices, such as defining performance management activities, they lack documentation requirements and clearly defined managem...
Homeland Security Acquisitions: Major Program Assessments Reveal Actions Needed to Improve Accountability
GAO-15-171SP: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015.
GAO found two of the 22 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs it reviewed were on track to meet the initial schedule and cost parameters established after DHS's current acquisition policy went into effect in November 2008. Fourteen programs had experienced schedule slips, or schedule slips and cost growth, including five programs GAO reviewed because they were at-risk of poor outcomes and...
Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a Data Infrastructure, and Reducing Duplicative Efforts [Reissued March 18, 2015]
GAO-15-193: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015.
Federal agencies and state governments use a variety of geospatial datasets to support their missions. For example, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency used geospatial data to identify 44,000 households that were damaged and inaccessible and reported that, as a result, it was able to provide expedited assistance to area residents. Federal agencies report spending...
DOE Real Property: Better Data and a More Proactive Approach Needed to Facilitate Property Disposal
GAO-15-305: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2015.
From 2003 through 2013, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM)—the office responsible for the deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) of the agency's contaminated facilities—disposed of nearly 2,000 facilities across 19 sites in 13 states, according to EM data. The majority of these facilities were disposed of through demolition because of their contamination l...
Program Evaluation: Some Agencies Reported that Networking, Hiring, and Involving Program Staff Help Build Capacity
GAO-15-25: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2014.
In a governmentwide survey of agency Performance Improvement Officers (PIO), GAO found uneven levels of evaluation expertise, organizational support within and outside the organization, and use across the government. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) is a key component of the enabling environment for federal evaluation capacity, having established a solid foundation of agen...
Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Inconsistent Definitions and Information Limit the Usefulness of Federal Program Inventories
GAO-15-83: Published: Oct 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2014.
To date, the approach used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agencies has not led to the inventory of all federal programs, along with related budget and performance information, envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA). In developing the inventory, OMB allowed for significant discretion in several areas—leading to a variety of approaches for defining programs and...