Risk management (31 - 40 of 137 items)
High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-11-278: Published: Feb 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2011.
The federal government is the world's largest and most complex entity, with about $3.5 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2010 funding a broad array of programs and operations. GAO maintains a program to focus attention on government operations that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement or the need for transformation to address ec...
Telecommunications: FCC Should Assess the Design of the E-rate Program's Internal Control Structure
GAO-10-908: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2010.
Since 1998, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism--commonly known as the "E-rate" program--has been a significant federal source of technology funding for schools and libraries. FCC designated the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to administer the program. As requested, GAO examined the system of internal controls in...
Privacy: OPM Should Better Monitor Implementation of Privacy-Related Policies and Procedures for Background Investigations
GAO-10-849: Published: Sep 7, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2010.
Approximately 90 percent of all federal background investigations are provided by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Federal Investigative Services (FIS) division. In fiscal year 2009, FIS conducted over 2 million investigations of varying types, making the organization a major steward of personal information on U.S. citizens. GAO was asked to (1) describe how OPM uses personally identifia...
Whistleblower Protection: Sustained Management Attention Needed to Address Long-standing Program Weaknesses
GAO-10-722: Published: Aug 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2010.
Workers who "blow the whistle" on prohibited or unlawful practices that they discover during their employment can play an important role in the enforcement of federal laws. However, these whistleblowers may also risk reprisals from their employers, sometimes being demoted, reassigned, or fired. Federal laws establish whistleblower protection processes, whereby workers who believe that they have fa...
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...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-10-443R: Published: Mar 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2010.
On November 16, 2009, we issued our opinion on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) fiscal years 2009 and 2008 financial statements. We also issued our opinion on the effectiveness of SEC's internal controls over financial reporting as of September 30, 2009, and our evaluation of SEC's compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations during fiscal year 2009. The purpose o...
Recovery Act: IRS Quickly Implemented Tax Provisions, but Reporting and Enforcement Improvements Are Needed
GAO-10-349: Published: Feb 10, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), was enacted to bolster the struggling U.S. economy at an estimated cost of $787 billion, of which more than a third was in the form of tax relief to the public. This report (1) describes the status of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) implementation of Recovery Act tax provisions; (2) examines whether IRS captured or planned to...
Recovery Act: Preliminary Observations on the Implementation of Broadband Programs
GAO-10-192T: Published: Oct 27, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2009.
Access to broadband service is seen as vital to economic, social, and educational development, yet many areas of the country lack access to, or their residents do not use, broadband. To expand broadband deployment and adoption, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Recovery Act) provided $7.2 billion to the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administrati...
Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses
GAO-09-908T: Published: Sep 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2009.
This testimony is based largely on GAO's July 8, 2009 report, in response to a mandate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This testimony provides selected updates, including the status of federal Recovery Act outlays. The report addresses: (1) selected states' and localities' uses of Recovery Act funds, (2) the approaches taken by the selected states and local...
Recovery Act: States' Use of Highway Infrastructure Funds and Compliance with the Act's Requirements
GAO-09-926T: Published: Jul 31, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2009.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) included more than $48 billion for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) investment in transportation infrastructure, including highways, rail, and transit. This testimony--based on GAO report GAO-09-829, issued on July 8, 2009 and updated with more recent data, in response to a mandate under the Recovery Act--addresses (1) the u...