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Federal Acquisition: Oversight Plan Needed to Help Implement Acquisition Advisory Panel Recommendations
GAO-08-160: Published: Dec 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2008.
A growing portion of federal spending is related to buying services such as administrative, management, and information technology support. Services accounted for about 60 percent of total fiscal year 2006 procurement dollars. The Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) of 2003 established a Services Acquisition Advisory Panel to make recommendations for improving acquisition practices. In January...
DOD Business Transformation: Preliminary Observations on the Defense Travel System
GAO-05-998T: Published: Sep 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has been working to develop and implement a standard end-to-end travel system for the last 10 years. Congress has been at the forefront in addressing issues related to DOD's travel management practices with the hearing today being another example of its oversight efforts. Because of widespread congressional interest in the Defense Travel System (DTS), GAO's current...
U.S. Postal Service: Improving Ratemaking Data Quality Through Postal Service Actions and Postal Reform Legislation
GAO-05-820: Published: Jul 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2005.
In 1999, the congressionally requested Data Quality Study (the Study) found opportunities to improve ratemaking data quality. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) agreed to make improvements, but concerns remained that it is still unclear, from an overall perspective, what actions USPS has taken to improve data quality. Ratemaking data quality has also factored into congressional deliberations to reform...
Fiscal Year 2006 Performance Plan
GAO-05-776SP: Published: Jun 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2005.
This report presents the General Accounting Office's (GAO) Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2006. In the spirit of the Government Performance and Results Act, this annual plan informs the Congress and the American people about what we expect to accomplish on their behalf in the coming fiscal year. It sets forth our plan to make progress toward achieving our strategic goals for serving the Congress...
Department of Energy: Further Actions Are Needed to Strengthen Contract Management for Major Projects
GAO-05-123: Published: Mar 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2005.
The Department of Energy (DOE) pays its contractors billions of dollars each year to implement its major projects--those costing more than $400 million each. Many major projects have experienced substantial cost and schedule overruns, largely because of contract management problems. GAO was asked to assess, for major departmental projects, (1) DOE's use of performance incentives to effectively con...
Defense Acquisitions: Information for Congress on Performance of Major Programs Can Be More Complete, Timely, and Accessible
GAO-05-182: Published: Mar 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2005.
DOD has more than $1 trillion worth of major defense acquisition programs, on which it must report to Congress, including a comparison of a current program's costs to a baseline containing its cost, quantity, schedule, and performance goals. When these goals are changed, the program is "rebaselined" to reflect current status. However, measuring current estimates against the most recent baseline wi...
2010 Census: Basic Design Has Potential, but Remaining Challenges Need Prompt Resolution
GAO-05-9: Published: Jan 12, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2005.
A rigorous testing and evaluation program is a critical component of the census planning process because it helps the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) assess activities that show promise for a more cost-effective head count. The Bureau conducted a field test in 2004, and we were asked to (1) assess the soundness of the test design and the extent to which the Bureau implemented it consistent with its pl...
U.S. Postal Service: Better Guidance Is Needed to Ensure an Appropriate Response to Anthrax Contamination
GAO-04-239: Published: Sep 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2004.
In September and October 2001, at least four letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to news media personnel and two U.S. Senators, leading to the first cases of bioterrorism-related anthrax in the United States. The contaminated letters, which were delivered through the U.S. mail system, caused 22 cases of anthrax, 5 of them fatal. Nine postal employees associated with two postal facilities...
Federal Aircraft: Inaccurate Cost Data and Weaknesses in Fleet Management Planning Hamper Cost Effective Operations
GAO-04-645: Published: Jun 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2004.
Federal civilian agencies own and operate a fleet of aging aircraft, many of which may soon need to be replaced. Agencies manage their fleets with help from guidance and policies issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Numerous audit reports have disclosed that agencies lacked accurate cost data and had acquired aircraft without adequate j...
U.S. Postal Service: Status of Inspector General's Recommendations on the Supplier Diversity Program
GAO-04-57R: Published: Oct 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2003.
This report supplements our previous report responding to a Congressional request for current information on the representation of minorities and women at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). USPS's program to attract and award contracts to small, minority, and women-owned businesses is referred to as supplier diversity. In recent years, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has questioned the rel...