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Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue
GAO-11-318SP: Published: Mar 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2011.
Overlap and fragmentation among government programs or activities can be harbingers of unnecessary duplication. In this report we include 81 areas for consideration drawn from GAO's prior and ongoing work. We present 34 areas where agencies, offices, or initiatives have similar or overlapping objectives or provide similar services to the same populations; or where government missions are fragmente...
Personnel Security Clearances: Overall Progress Has Been Made to Reform the Governmentwide Security Clearance Process
GAO-11-232T: Published: Dec 1, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2010.
This testimony discusses our key findings and recommendations in our report that we are releasing today on some aspects of personnel security clearance reforms. We conducted our review in response to a congressional request. This is the fourth in a series of hearings, in which Congress has asked GAO to testify; and this Subcommittee's continued oversight has helped focus attention on the need for...
Managing For Results: Opportunities to Strengthen Agencies' Customer Service Efforts
GAO-11-44: Published: Oct 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2010.
The federal government has set a goal of providing service to the public that matches or exceeds that of the private sector. Executive Order 12862 (September 11, 1993) and a related 1995 memorandum require agencies to post customer service standards and report results to customers. As requested, this report (1) assesses the extent to which federal agencies are setting customer service standards an...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Performance Management Processes
GAO-10-946R: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents that protect innovations ranging from new treatments for diseases to new wireless technology applications. Over the last several years, increases in both the volume and complexity of patent applications have lengthened the time between when an application is submitted and when a final decision is made--referred to...
Recovery Act: Contracting Approaches and Oversight Used by Selected Federal Agencies and States
GAO-10-809: Published: Jul 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), estimated to cost $862 billion over 10 years, is intended to stimulate the economy and create jobs. The Recovery Act provides funds to federal agencies and states, which in turn may award contracts to private companies and other entities to carry out the purposes of the Recovery Act. Contracts using Recovery Act funds are required...
Independent Oversight of Recovery Act Funding for Mississippi's Weatherization Assistance Program
GAO-10-796R: Published: Jun 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) assigns GAO a range of responsibilities to help promote accountability and transparency. One of the act's recurring requirements includes having GAO conduct bimonthly reviews of selected states' and localities' use of funds made available under the act. GAO's review of the use of Recovery Act funding in Mississippi this year include...
Fiscal Year 2011 Performance Plan
GAO-10-598SP: Published: May 21, 2010. Publicly Released: May 21, 2010.
This report presents the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2011. In the spirit of the Government Performance and Results Act, this annual plan informs the Congress and the American people about what we expect to accomplish on their behalf in the coming fiscal year. It sets forth our plan to make progress toward achieving our strategic goals for serving the C...
U.S. Government Financial Statements: Fiscal Year 2009 Audit Highlights Financial Management Challenges and Unsustainable Long-Term Fiscal Path
GAO-10-483T: Published: Apr 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2010.
GAO annually audits the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government (CFS). Congress and the President need reliable, useful, and timely financial and performance information to make sound decisions and conduct effective oversight of federal government programs and policies. The federal government began preparing the CFS 13 years ago. Over the years, certain material weaknesses in inte...
Defense Contracting Integrity: Opportunities Exist to Improve DOD's Oversight of Contractor Ethics Programs
GAO-09-591: Published: Sep 22, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2009.
Until recently, ethics programs and practices of defense contractors were self-policed. Given the significant sums spent to acquire goods and services, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended twice starting in December 2007 to first mandate and later amplify contractor ethics program rules. Before FAR changes were finalized in December 2008, Congress required GAO to report in 2009 on...
Federal Contractors: Better Performance Information Needed to Support Agency Contract Award Decisions
GAO-09-374: Published: Apr 23, 2009. Publicly Released: May 22, 2009.
In fiscal year 2007, federal agencies worked with over 160,000 contractors, obligating over $456 billion, to help accomplish federal missions. This reliance on contractors makes it critical that agencies have the information necessary to properly evaluate a contractor's prior history of performance and better inform agencies' contract award decisions. While actions have been taken to improve the s...