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Grants Management: Oversight of Selected States' Disbursement of Federal Funds Addresses Timeliness and Administrative Allowances
GAO-13-392: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
As pass-through grant funds flow to subrecipients, they are subject to government-wide and program-specific policies, two of which are particularly relevant to disbursement issues for states as they pass funds on to subrecipients. Pass-through grants are typically first awarded to states, local governments, or other entities and then further awarded to subrecipients. The Cash Management Improvemen...
Government Efficiency And Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-13-496T: Published: Apr 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2013.
In summary, GAO's 2013 annual report identifies 31 new areas where agencies may be able to achieve greater efficiency or effectiveness. Within these 31 areas, GAO identifies 81 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to address the issues GAO identified. Although it may be appropriate for multiple agencies or entities to be involved in the same programmatic or policy area due to t...
Human Services: Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy
GAO-13-106: Published: Feb 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 2013.
Four selected states or localities used systematic and automated data sharing to improve eligibility verification or case management processes. Such data sharing improved eligibility verification processes in Michigan and Utah. Specifically, program officials said that data sharing improved program integrity because more accurate payments were made, and staff noted program efficiencies through mor...
Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-13-271R: Published: Jan 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2013.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal governments fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance informationboth for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Even though significant progress...
Grants Management: Improving the Timeliness of Grant Closeouts by Federal Agencies and Other Grants Management Challenges
GAO-12-704T: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
Closeout is an important final point of grants accountability. It helps to ensure that grantees have met all financial and reporting requirements. It also allows federal agencies to identify and redirect unused funds to other projects and priorities as authorized or to return unspent balances to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury). At the end of fiscal year 2011, GAO identified more than $79...
Grants Management: Action Needed to Improve the Timeliness of Grant Closeouts by Federal Agencies
GAO-12-360: Published: Apr 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
At the end of fiscal year 2011, GAO identified more than $794 million in funding remaining in expired grant accountsaccounts that were more than 3 months past the grant end date and had no activity for 9 months or morein the Payment Management System (PMS). GAO found that undisbursed balances remained in some grant accounts several years past their expiration date: $110.9 million in un...
Patent and Trademark Office: New User Fee Design Presents Opportunities to Build on Transparency and Communication Success
GAO-12-514R: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
To successfully manage AIA implementation, USPTO must consider a number of trade-offs as it sets and uses its over 340 fees, as well as maintain an effective fee review process. USPTO officials have stated that the agencys limited fee-setting authority prior to the AIA and uncertainty about the extent to which its collections would be available contributed to a number of the agencys op...
Managing for Results: GPRA Modernization Act Implementation Provides Important Opportunities to Address Government Challenges
GAO-11-617T: Published: May 10, 2011. Publicly Released: May 10, 2011.
The federal government is the world's largest and most complex entity, with about $3.5 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2010 that fund a broad array of programs and operations. GAO's long-term simulations of the federal budget show--absent policy change--growing deficits accumulating to an unsustainable increase in debt. While the spending side is driven by rising health care costs and demograph...
List of Selected Federal Programs That Have Similar or Overlapping Objectives, Provide Similar Services, or Are Fragmented Across Government Missions
GAO-11-474R: Published: Mar 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2011.
This report supplements our March 1, 2011, report Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue--GAO's first annual report to Congress in response to a statutory requirement to identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives, either within departments or governmentwide, which have duplicative goals or activities. Section...
Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue
GAO-11-441T: Published: Mar 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2011.
This testimony discusses our first annual report to Congress responding to a new statutory requirement that GAO identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives--either within departments or governmentwide--that have duplicative goals or activities. This work will inform government policymakers as they address the rapidly building fiscal pressures facing our national government. Our...