Program evaluation (51 - 60 of 143 items)
Status of GSA's Implementation of Selected Green Building Provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
GAO-09-111R: Published: Oct 31, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2008.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, buildings in the United States account for 68 percent of the nation's total electricity consumption and 39 percent of its total energy consumption. In December 2007, Congress enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) to, among other things, increase energy efficiency and the availability of renewable energy in federal bui...
Information Technology: Agencies Need to Establish Comprehensive Policies to Address Changes to Projects' Cost, Schedule, and Performance Goals
GAO-08-925: Published: Jul 31, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2008.
The federal government plans to spend about $70 billion on information technology (IT) projects during fiscal year 2008. Consequently, it is important that projects be managed effectively to ensure that public resources are wisely invested. At times, a project's cost, schedule, and performance goals--known as its baseline--are modified to reflect changed development circumstances. These changes--c...
Telecommunications: Agencies Are Generally Following Sound Transition Planning Practices, and GSA Is Taking Action to Resolve Challenges
GAO-08-759: Published: Jun 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2008.
The General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for ensuring that federal agencies have access to the telecommunications needed to meet mission requirements. GSA's current telecommunications program, called FTS2001, has contracts in place that will expire by June 2010. Thus, agencies face the difficult task of transitioning their services to a successor program, known as Networx. GAO was...
Federal Records: National Archives and Selected Agencies Need to Strengthen E-Mail Management
GAO-08-742: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2008.
Federal agencies are increasingly using electronic mail (e-mail) for essential communication. In doing so, they are potentially creating messages that have the status of federal records, which must be managed and preserved in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Under the act, both the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and federal agencies have responsibilities for managing f...
Electronic Payments: Many Programs Electronically Disburse Federal Benefits, and More Outreach Could Increase Use
GAO-08-645: Published: Jun 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2008.
Traditionally, federal agencies made benefit payments by paper check, but they faced increased pressure to reduce costs and increase the convenience, security, and timeliness of payment delivery. In response to a 1996 congressional mandate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program implemented Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) to distribute food stamps. According to agency evaluation...
Federal Real Property: Property Conveyances between the District of Columbia and the Federal Government Await Completion, and Development Will Take Many Years
GAO-08-684: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2008.
The Federal and District of Columbia Government Real Property Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-396) mandated GAO's review of the property exchange between the District and the federal government. None of the conveyances had occurred by the beginning of GAO's audit phase. After consulting with the congressional committees specified in the law, GAO developed research questions that reflect an assessment...
Governmentwide Purchase Cards: Actions Needed to Strengthen Internal Controls to Reduce Fraudulent, Improper, and Abusive Purchases
GAO-08-333: Published: Mar 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2008.
Over the past several years, GAO has issued numerous reports and testimonies on internal control breakdowns in certain individual agencies' purchase card programs. In light of these findings, GAO was asked to analyze purchase card transactions governmentwide to (1) determine whether internal control weaknesses existed in the government purchase card program and (2) if so, identify examples of frau...
Fiscal Year 2009 Performance Plan
GAO-08-507SP: Published: Feb 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2008.
This report presents the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Performance Plans for Fiscal Year 2009. 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...
Continuity of Operations: Selected Agencies Tested Various Capabilities during 2006 Governmentwide Exercise
GAO-08-185: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2007.
To ensure the availability of essential government services in emergencies, federal agencies are required to develop continuity of operations (COOP) plans. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for disseminating guidance to federal agencies on developing plans, as well as conducting government-wide exercises every other year...
Organizational Transformation: Implementing Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer Positions in Federal Agencies
GAO-08-322T: Published: Dec 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2007.
As agencies across the federal government embark on large-scale organizational change needed to address 21st century challenges, there is a compelling need for leadership to provide the continuing, focused attention essential to completing these multiyear business-related transformations. At the same time, many agencies are suffering from a range of long-standing management problems that are under...