Program evaluation (101 - 110 of 818 items)
Recovery Act: Most DOE Cleanup Projects Appear to Be Meeting Cost and Schedule Targets, but Assessing Impact of Spending Remains a Challenge
GAO-10-784: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
The American Reinvestment Act of 2009 aims to stimulate the economy, including funding for environmental cleanup projects. The Department of Energy (DOE) receives annual appropriations of $6 billion to support the cleanup of radioactive and hazardous wastes resulting from decades of nuclear weapons research and production. GAO was asked to examine (1) how DOE selected projects for funding and deve...
Elections: DOD Can Strengthen Evaluation of Its Absentee Voting Assistance Program
GAO-10-476: Published: Jun 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), citizens covered are permitted to register and vote absentee. The Secretary of Defense has the primary responsibility for federal UOCAVA functions, and the Department of Defense's (DOD) Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) facilitates absentee voters' participation in federal elections. Since 2001, the DOD Office of Inspec...
Afghanistan Development: Enhancements to Performance Management and Evaluation Efforts Could Improve USAID's Agricultural Programs
GAO-10-368: Published: Jul 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2010.
Eighty percent of Afghans are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Agricultural assistance is a key U.S. contribution to Afghanistan's reconstruction efforts. Since 2002, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded about $1.4 billion for agricultural programs to increase agricultural productivity, accelerate economic growth, and eliminate illicit drug cultivation....
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Program Faces Cost, Schedule and Performance Risks
GAO-10-758R: Published: Jul 2, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2010.
This letter formally transmits the briefing in response to a congressional request on May 4, 2009, that we review the EFV program. We provided congressional staff a draft copy of this briefing in meeting with them on June 9, 2010. We provided the same draft to the Department of Defense (DOD) for comments. A summary of DOD's comments with our evaluation are also attached, as well as a reprinted cop...
Independent Oversight of Recovery Act Funding for Mississippi's Weatherization Assistance Program
GAO-10-796R: Published: Jun 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) assigns GAO a range of responsibilities to help promote accountability and transparency. One of the act's recurring requirements includes having GAO conduct bimonthly reviews of selected states' and localities' use of funds made available under the act. GAO's review of the use of Recovery Act funding in Mississippi this year include...
Recovery Act: Increasing the Public's Understanding of What Funds Are Being Spent on and What Outcomes Are Expected
GAO-10-581: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2010.
A hallmark of efforts to implement the $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) is to be transparent and accountable about what the money is being spent on and what is being achieved. To help achieve these goals, recipients are to report every 3 months on their award activities and expected outcomes, among other things. This information is available on Recovery.go...
Federal Energy Management: GSA's Recovery Act Program Is on Track, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Transparency, Performance Criteria, and Risk Management
GAO-10-630: Published: Jun 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided the General Services Administration (GSA) with $5.55 billion to invest in federal buildings and promote economic recovery. This funding includes $4.5 billion to convert buildings to high-performance green buildings (HPGB), which seek to reduce energy and water use, among other goals. GAO was asked to address the (1) steps G...
Streamlining Government: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen OMB's Approach to Improving Efficiency
GAO-10-394: Published: May 7, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2010.
Given record budget deficits and continuing fiscal pressures, the federal government must seek to deliver results more efficiently. The prior Administration sought to improve efficiency under the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) by requiring programs to have at least one efficiency measure and procedures for improving efficiency, and show annual efficiency gains. The current administration ha...
Campaign Finance Reform: Additional Information Related to Program Goals in Two States Offering Full Public Funding for Political Candidates (GAO-10-391SP), an E-supplement to GAO-10-390
GAO-10-391SP: Published: May 28, 2010. Publicly Released: May 28, 2010.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-10-390. The 2000 elections in Maine and Arizona were the first in the nation's history where candidates seeking state legislative seats had the option to fully fund their campaigns with public moneys. In 2003, GAO reviewed the public financing programs in Maine and Arizona and found the programs' goals were to (1) increase electoral competition; (2) increase...
Campaign Finance Reform: Experiences of Two States That Offered Full Public Funding for Political Candidates
GAO-10-390: Published: May 28, 2010. Publicly Released: May 28, 2010.
The 2000 elections in Maine and Arizona were the first in the nation's history where candidates seeking state legislative seats had the option to fully fund their campaigns with public moneys. In 2003, GAO reviewed the public financing programs in Maine and Arizona and found the programs' goals were to (1) increase electoral competition; (2) increase voter choice; (3) curb increases in campaign co...