Accountability (71 - 80 of 223 items)
U.S. Postal Service: New Delivery Performance Measures Could Enhance Managers' Pay for Performance Program
GAO-08-996: Published: Sep 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2008.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) pay for performance (PFP) program for managers includes quantitative performance indicators. PFP ratings are the basis for salary increases and lump sum awards for nearly 750 Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) executives and about 71,700 other participants, mostly Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) employees. GAO was requested to provide information abou...
Government Performance: Lessons Learned for the Next Administration on Using Performance Information to Improve Results
GAO-08-1026T: Published: Jul 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2008.
Over the past 15 years, legislative and executive branch reform efforts have attempted to shift the focus of federal government management from a preoccupation with activities to the results or outcomes of those activities. Based on over a decade of work in this area, GAO has found a transformation in the capacity of the federal government to manage for results, including an infrastructure of outc...
U.S. Postal Service: USPS Has Taken Steps to Strengthen Network Realignment Planning and Accountability and Improve Communication
GAO-08-1022T: Published: Jul 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2008.
GAO has issued reports on the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) strategy for realigning its mail processing network and improving delivery performance information. These reports recommended that the Postmaster General (1) strengthen planning and the overall integration of its realignment efforts, and enhance accountability by establishing measurable targets and evaluating results, (2) improve delivery...
Government Performance: 2007 Federal Managers Survey on Performance and Management Issues: (GAO-08-1036SP, July 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-1026T
GAO-08-1036SP: Published: Jul 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2008.
This e-publication supplements our testimony GAO-08-1026T by presenting the item by item results of our web-based survey of federal managers which was conducted between October, 2007 and January, 2008. The purpose of the survey was to update information obtained from three previous GAO surveys of federal managers conducted over the last decade. The questionnaire was designed to obtain the observa...
Smithsonian Institution: Board of Regents Has Implemented Many Governance Reforms, but Ensuring Accountability and Oversight Will Require Ongoing Action
GAO-08-632: Published: May 15, 2008. Publicly Released: May 15, 2008.
The Smithsonian Institution's governing body, the Board of Regents (Board), has developed a set of actions to address governance and accountability breakdowns that came to light in 2007. These actions were aimed at problems in three main areas: (1) executive compensation, benefits, ethics, and operational policies and controls; (2) flow of information to the Board, transparency of Board operations...
Federal Real Property: Corps of Engineers Needs to Improve the Reliability of Its Real Property Disposal Data
GAO-08-349: Published: May 9, 2008. Publicly Released: May 9, 2008.
Unreliable real property data has been a long-standing problem for federal landholding agencies. Under the President's real property initiative, agencies are being held accountable for, among other things, improving accuracy of their real property inventory and disposing of unneeded property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the fourth largest landholding agency, uses the Real Estate Mana...
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...
Internal Control: Improvements Needed in SEC's Accounting and Financial Reporting Process
GAO-08-461R: Published: Apr 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2008.
On November 16, 2007, we issued our report on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) fiscal years 2007 and 2006 financial statements and on SEC's internal control as of September 30, 2007. We also reported on the results of our tests of SEC's compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations during fiscal year 2007. The purpose of this report is to present areas of SEC's int...
Surface Transportation: Restructured Federal Approach Needed for More Focused, Performance-Based, and Sustainable Programs
GAO-08-400: Published: Mar 6, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2008.
Surface transportation programs need to be reexamined in the context of the nation's current unsustainable fiscal path. Surface transportation programs are particularly ready for review as the Highway Trust Fund faces a fiscal imbalance at a time when both congestion and travel demand are growing. As you requested, this report (1) provides an overview of the federal role in surface transportation...
Management Letter: Recommendations for Improvements to MCC's Internal Controls and Policies on Premium Class Air Travel
GAO-08-468R: Published: Feb 29, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 2008.
On September 28, 2007, GAO issued a report detailing our findings of improper and abusive premium class travel governmentwide. The audit was performed at the request of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, and Senator Grassley, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate. As part of the audit, we tested premium class transactions...