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Contracting Data Analysis: Assessment of Government-wide Trends
GAO-17-244SP: Published: Mar 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
Federal agencies spent over $430 billion on contracts for goods and services in 2015—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. To strengthen contracting practices and increase oversight of government spending, we analyzed contract data and identified overall trends in spending, competition, and contract type. From 2011 to 2015, we found that spending at defense agencies decreased by almo...
Earthquakes: Additional Actions Needed to Identify and Mitigate Risks to Federal Buildings and Implement an Early Warning System
GAO-16-680: Published: Aug 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2016.
The four cities GAO visited (see figure) have taken various actions to assess and mitigate seismic risks, including identifying and assessing their high risk buildings, structurally retrofitting buildings, and requiring that furnishings and nonstructural components be secured, among other things.Figure: Select Cities on 2014 Earthquake Shaking MapNote: A 2 percent in 50 years probability equates t...
Midway Atoll: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Faces Many Competing Priorities
GAO-16-382: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016.
According to officials in the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), operations funding for Midway Atoll (Midway) has decreased in recent years and project-specific funding has varied. Specifically, budget officials said that FWS, after increasing the funding allocated to Midway's operations to more than $4 million by fiscal year 2011, decreased Midway's allocation by m...
Federal Vehicles: Composition and Management of Agency Fleets
GAO-16-455T: Published: Feb 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2016.
The federal vehicle fleet consists of dozens of agencies' fleets that range in size from just a few vehicles to more than 200,000. The vehicles agencies use to carry out these missions also vary and include passenger cars and trucks and special purpose vehicles (e.g., ambulances and buses.) In fiscal year 2014, the most recently available data, seven agencies owned or leased approximately 78 perce...
Federally Leased Vehicles: Agencies Should Strengthen Assessment Processes to Reduce Underutilized Vehicles
GAO-16-136: Published: Jan 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2016.
The General Services Administration (GSA) provides guidance to agencies to assist them in reducing underutilized leased vehicles. This guidance can be written (such as bulletins) or advice from GSA's fleet service representatives (FSR) to agency fleet managers. FSRs assist agencies with leasing issues, and GSA expects its FSRs to communicate with fleet managers about vehicle utilization at least a...
Sole Source Contracting: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use
GAO-16-15: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015.
The agencies included in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services, and Justice—had limited or no insight into their use of bridge contracts, as bridge contracts were not defined or addressed in department-level guidance or in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). However, GAO found that two DOD components, the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency, have institut...
Federal Contracting: Commercial Item Test Program Beneficial, but Actions Needed to Mitigate Potential Risks
GAO-14-178: Published: Feb 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 2014.
Federal agencies use the test program for a relatively small portion of all commercial items and services bought. In fiscal year 2011, of the $90 billion agencies obligated on new awards for commercial items and services, federal agencies obligated $1.9 billion or about 2 percent using the test program, based on data reported in the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG). Within...
Federal Employees: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Performance Management Pilot
GAO-13-755: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2013.
GAO found that the GEAR framework generally addresses previously identified key practices for effective performance management, such as aligning individual performance expectations with organizational goals, but refinements could improve future government-wide implementation. Five federal agencies are piloting GEAR--the Departments of Energy (DOE), Homeland Security/Coast Guard (DHS/Coast Guard),...
Federal Vehicle Fleets: Adopting Leading Practices Could Improve Management
GAO-13-659: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
GAO identified three leading practices for fleet management and found that selected federal agencies--the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Homeland Security (DHS), the Interior (Interior), and Veterans Affairs (VA); the U.S. Air Force (Air Force); and the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps)--follow these practices to varying degrees. These practices are 1) maintaining a well-designed fleet-mana...
Federal Fleets: Overall Increase in Number of Vehicles Masks That Some Agencies Decreased Their Fleets
GAO-12-780: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Since fiscal year 2005, the number of federal non-postal civilian and non-tactical military vehicles has increased about 7 percent, from about 420,000 to 449,000 vehicles. However, from fiscal year 2005 to 2011, some agencies decreased their fleets, and the change in fleet size from agency to agency varied considerably. For example, one-third of the agencies (8 of 24) with the largest number of ve...