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The Nation's Fiscal Health: Action is Needed to Address the Federal Government's Fiscal Future
GAO-17-237SP: Published: Jan 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2017.
The Congress and incoming Administration face serious economic, security, and social challenges that will require difficult policy choices in the short term about the level of federal spending and investments as well as ways to obtain needed resources. At the same time, the federal government is highly leveraged in debt by historical norms. In addition to near term financing decisions, a broader p...
2016 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-16-375SP: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016.
Improving Efficiency and EffectivenessGAO's 2016 Annual Report identified 12 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in federal programs and activities. GAO also identified 59 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Related work and GAO's Action Tracker—a tool that tracks progress on GAO's specific suggestions for improvement—are available here. What GAO Found...
Financial Regulation: Complex and Fragmented Structure Could Be Streamlined to Improve Effectiveness
GAO-16-175: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2016.
The U.S. financial regulatory structure is complex, with responsibilities fragmented among multiple agencies that have overlapping authorities. As a result, financial entities may fall under the regulatory authority of multiple regulators depending on the types of activities in which they engage (see figure on next page). While the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Fr...
Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-16-357R: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal government’s fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information—both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Overall, significant progress has been...
U.S. Postal Service: Financial Challenges Continue
GAO-16-268T: Published: Jan 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2016.
The U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) financial condition continues to deteriorate as a result of trends including:Declining mail volume : First-Class Mail—USPS's most profitable product—continues to decline in volume as communications and payments migrate to electronic alternatives. USPS expects this decline to continue for the foreseeable future.Growing expenses: Key USPS expenses continue to gro...
U.S. Postal Service: Action Needed to Address Unfunded Benefit Liabilities
GAO-14-398T: Published: Mar 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2014.
The extent to which the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has funded its liabilities varies due to different statutory funding requirements specific to each benefit program and USPS's financial means to make payments. For example, USPS has been required to prefund its pension benefit liability over decades, and as shown in the table below, its pension liability is 94 percent funded. Prefunding USPS's ret...
Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-14-319R: Published: Feb 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal government's fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information--both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Overall, significant progress has been ma...
U.S. Postal Service: Opportunities to Increase Revenue Exist with Competitive Products; Reviewing Long-Term Results Could Better Inform Promotions Decisions
GAO-13-578: Published: Jun 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has developed numerous negotiated service agreements (NSA), sales, and promotions since the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006, and they generate a small but growing portion of USPS total revenue. PAEA established two categories of products: "market dominant," where USPS has a monopoly, and "competitive," which includes all othe...
Department of Homeland Security: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Efficiency and Effectiveness, Achieve Cost Savings, and Improve Management Functions
GAO-13-547T: Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
Since 2011, GAO has identified 11 areas across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where fragmentation, overlap, or potential duplication exists and 13 areas of opportunity for cost savings or enhanced revenue collections. In these reports, GAO has suggested 53 total actions to the department and Congress to help strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations. In GAOs 20...
U.S. Postal Service: Urgent Action Needed to Achieve Financial Sustainability
GAO-13-562T: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) continues to incur unsustainable operating deficits, has not made required payments of $11.1 billion to prefund retiree health benefits, and has reached its $15 billion borrowing limit. Thus far, USPS has been able to operate within these constraints, but now faces a critical shortage of liquidity that threatens its financial solvency and ability to finance needed ca...