Federal agencies (61 - 70 of 1,049 items)
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 Green Building: Federal Efforts and Third-Party Certification Help Agencies Implement Key Requirements, but Challenges Remain
GAO-15-667: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide guidance, oversight, training, and other support to agencies implementing key federal green building requirements. For example, DOE offers training on measuring and reporting on the implementation of...
Federal Workforce: Additional Analysis and Sharing of Promising Practices Could Improve Employee Engagement and Performance
GAO-15-585: Published: Jul 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2015.
From 2006 through 2014, government-wide engagement levels—as measured by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Employee Engagement Index (EEI)—increased to an estimated high of 67 percent in 2011 and then declined to an estimated 63 percent in 2014. This decline is attributable to several large agencies—including the Department of Defense—bringing down the government-wide average. The...
Buy Indian Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service Need Greater Insight into Implementation at Regional Offices
GAO-15-588: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015.
The Department of the Interior's (Interior) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service (IHS) have requirements in place to implement the Buy Indian Act. Through supplements to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, both BIA and IHS have policies and procedures to implement key requirements:Indian-owned status . Eligible firms must be 51 perc...
Managing for Results: Agencies Report Positive Effects of Data-Driven Reviews on Performance but Some Should Strengthen Practices
GAO-15-579: Published: Jul 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2015.
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) requires that federal agencies review progress on agency priority goals (APG) at least once a quarter. GPRAMA requires that reviews be conducted by top agency leaders, involve APG goal leaders and other contributors, and be used to identify at-risk goals and strategies to improve performance. While GPRAMA requires that agencies conduct reviews, it also r...
Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT's Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards
GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Transportation Services (TRANServe) has included multiple internal control activities in the design of the TRANServe debit card program. These controls are intended to prevent federal employees from using their debit card for non-transit-related purchases, and as designed, would be expected to provide reasonable assurance that non-transit-related...
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...
Underutilized Facilities: DOD and GSA Information Sharing May Enhance Opportunities to Use Space at Military Installations
GAO-15-346: Published: Jun 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2015.
Department of Defense (DOD) guidance outlines options for granting the use of unutilized (vacant) and underutilized (partially vacant) space on military installations to non-DOD entities, such as other federal agencies, and installations consider several factors when contemplating such grants. For example, DOD and military department guidance identifies the real estate instruments, such as leases...
State Department: Preliminary Observations on the Bureau of Counterterrorism's Resources, Performance, and Coordination
GAO-15-655T: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015.
GAO's preliminary analysis shows that the Department of State's (State) Bureau of Counterterrorism has had an annual increase in authorized full-time equivalent (FTE) positions since fiscal year 2011 and has recently undertaken efforts to reduce a persistent staffing gap. The number of FTEs for the bureau increased from 66 in fiscal year 2011 to 96 in fiscal year 2015, and over the same period the...
Federal Veterinarians: Efforts Needed to Improve Workforce Planning
GAO-15-495: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken actions to ensure that component agencies include veterinarians in workforce planning efforts for meeting routine needs, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not done so. GAO has identified top leadership involvement as a key principle for workforce planning. For example, USDA provided guidance to its component agencies to as...