Cost control (61 - 70 of 87 items)
Continuing and Widespread Weaknesses in Internal Controls Result in Losses Through Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
FGMSD-80-65: Published: Aug 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1980.
Most federal agencies are operating accounting systems that are vulnerable to physical losses and waste of federal money as well as fraudulent and otherwise improper uses. These conditions, noted in a series of GAO reports issued between December 1976 and October 1979 covering financial operations in 11 major federal organizations, are summarized.System vulnerability results from a series of longs...
Streamlining the Federal Field Structure: Potential Opportunities, Barriers, and Actions That Can Be Taken
FPCD-80-4: Published: Aug 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1980.
At a time when the Federal Government is looking for ways to cut federal spending and achieve a balanced budget, every reasonable cost-cutting opportunity must be explored. GAO sees the Federal Government's "field structure" as a prime area for exploring ways of cutting costs and raising government productivity.Agencies can reduce unnecessary and duplicative overhead and support costs by: (1) cons...
Program To Follow Up Federal Paperwork Commission Recommendations Is in Trouble
GGD-80-36: Published: Mar 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1980.
Congress created the Commission on Federal Paperwork to help solve a serious national problem and mandated a meaningful executive branch response. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been charged with following up on recommendations to the Federal agencies made by the Commission. In reviewing the OMB program, GAO sampled a broad section of responses from three leading agencies responsibl...
Summaries of Conclusions and Recommendations on the Operations of Civil Departments and Agencies
OISS-80-2: Published: Jan 21, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1980.
A summary is provided of conclusions and recommendations resulting from GAO audits and other review work in Federal civil departments and agencies. While the reports have previously brought the matters to the attention of Congress and department officials, the summary was compiled to assist Congressional committees in their review of budget requests for fiscal year 1981.The summaries include agenc...
General Services Administration's Practices for Altering Leased Buildings Should Be Improved
LCD-78-338: Published: Sep 14, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1978.
The General Services Administration (GSA) leases about 91.3 million square feet of space to accommodate federal departments and agencies at annual rents of $455 million. In fiscal year (FY) 1977, obligations for alterations to leased buildings were in excess of $36 million.The following deficiencies in GSA contracting practices for altering leased buildings were identified: (1) excessive use of so...
GSA Can Improve Traffic Management Practices
LCD-77-240: Published: Jul 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1978.
The General Services Administration's (GSA) transportation and traffic management responsibilities include: (1) prescribing policies and methods of procurement and supply of personal property and nonpersonal service, including transportation and traffic management; (2) representing executive agencies in negotiations with carriers and other public utilities; and (3) providing traffic management ser...
Use of Discount Airline Fares and Teleticketing Would Help Save on Government Travel Expenses
FGMSD-78-46: Published: Jul 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1978.
A major portion of federal travel costs involves federal employees' travel on commercial airlines. In fiscal year 1976, for example, the federal government spent at least $470 million on airline fares alone and incurred high administrative costs for travel as well. The methods used to make airline reservations, obtain tickets, and pay for them vary by department and agency. Such discounts as excur...
Federal Agencies Should Be Given General Multiyear Contracting Authority for Supplies and Services
PSAD-78-54: Published: Jan 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1978.
Federal agencies operating under annual appropriations generally are prohibited from entering into contracts for needs occurring beyond the year for which the appropriation is made. Multiyear contracts entitle the Government to purchase services or supplies from contractors for more than 1 year. The Commission on Government Procurement has recommended that Congress enact legislation to permit mult...
Standardized Federal Regions: Little Effect on Agency Management of Personnel
FPCD-77-39: Published: Aug 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1977.
One of the objectives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in establishing a standard federal region policy is to improve management and economies of personnel which could result in savings among federal departments.OMB has not stressed management improvements among departments and agencies, and standardizing regional boundaries has been limited to a few agencies with little effect on mana...
Procurement Practices of Cities Under Federal Grant Funds
PSAD-77-88: Published: Apr 1, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1977.
A questionnaire was sent to different city governments to obtain an overview of city procurement practices and of the problems that cities experienced in spending Federal grant funds. The responses were compiled by GAO.Responses from the cities indicated several areas where procurement improvements could be effected. It was found that: (1) the role of the central purchasing activity's involvement...