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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...
Information Security: Actions Needed by Census Bureau to Address Weaknesses
GAO-13-63: Published: Jan 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2013.
Although the Census Bureau has taken steps to safeguard the information and systems that support its mission, it has not effectively implemented appropriate information security controls to protect those systems. Many of the deficiencies relate to the security controls used to regulate who or what can access the bureau's systems (access controls). For example, the bureau did not adequately: contro...
Federal Real Property: Improved Cost Reporting Would Help Decision Makers Weigh the Benefits of Enhanced Use Leasing
GAO-13-14: Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2013.
Agency officials told us that enhanced use leases (EUL) help them utilize their underutilized property better; commonly cited benefits include enhanced mission activities, cash rent revenue, and value received through in-kind consideration. However, some agencies we reviewed do not include all costs associated with their EULs when they assess the performance of their EUL programs. Guidance from th...
U.S. Postal Service: Overview of Initiatives to Increase Revenue and Introduce Nonpostal Services and Experimental Postal Products
GAO-13-216: Published: Jan 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2013.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) currently offers 12 nonpostal services (i.e., services not directly related to mail delivery) that were grandfathered by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) after enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). These services--which include Passport Photo Services, the sale of advertising to support change-of-address processing, and others--gene...
2020 Census: Additional Steps Are Needed to Build on Early Planning
GAO-12-626: Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
The Census Bureaus (Bureau) early planning and preparation efforts for the 2020 Census are consistent with most leading practices in each of the three management areas GAO reviewed. For example, with respect to its effort to transform its decennial organization, top Bureau leadership has been driving the transformation, and the agency has focused on a key set of principles as it begins to ro...
Federal Statistical System: Agencies Can Make Greater Use of Existing Data, but Continued Progress Is Needed on Access and Quality Issues
GAO-12-54: Published: Feb 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2012.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), agencies, and interagency statistical committees have distinct roles in identifying opportunities to improve federal information collection efforts. OMB exercises several authorities that promote the system’s efficiency, including overseeing and approving agency information collections. The website Reginfo.gov provides the public with information, such...
Decennial Census: Additional Actions Could Improve the Census Bureau's Ability to Control Costs for the 2020 Census
GAO-12-80: Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2012.
The average cost to count each housing unit rose from $70 in 2000 to $97 in 2010 (in constant 2010 dollars). While the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) made changes to its budget structure from 2000 to 2010, they did not document the changes that would facilitate comparisons over time and cannot identify specific drivers of this cost growth. According to GAOs Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide,...
Kosovo Air Operations: Army Resolving Lessons Learned Regarding the Apache Helicopter
GAO-01-401: Published: Mar 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2001.
The Army deployed its team, called Task Force Hawk, to participate in a Kosovo combat operation known as Operation Allied Force. This report (1) examines how Task Force Hawk's concept of operation compared to Army and joint doctrine, (2) reviews the lessons learned identified from the operation and determines the status of actions to address those lessons, and (3) examines the extent to which the...
Contract Management: Few Competing Proposals for Large DOD Information Technology Orders
NSIAD-00-56: Published: Mar 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's use of large orders under multiple-award contracts to acquire information technology products and services, focusing on: (1) whether contractors were provided a fair opportunity to be considered and the extent of competition realized; and (2) how ordering offices met requirements to clearly specify the tas...
Chemical and Biological Defense: Program Planning and Evaluation Should Follow Results Act Framework
NSIAD-99-159: Published: Aug 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the extent to which the Department of Defense (DOD) has applied the Government Performance and Results Act's outcome-oriented principles to the Chemical and Biological (CB) Defense Program, focusing on whether: (1) CB Defense Program goals are explicit and measurable; (2) the CB Defense Program has performance measures that assess outcomes and impa...