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Foreign Assistance: Agencies Can Improve the Quality and Dissemination of Program Evaluations
GAO-17-316: Published: Mar 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2017.
An estimated 73 percent of evaluations completed in fiscal year 2015 by the six U.S. agencies GAO reviewed generally or partially addressed all of the quality criteria GAO identified for evaluation design, implementation, and conclusions (see fig.). Agencies met some elements of the criteria more often than others. For example, approximately 90 percent of all evaluations addressed questions that a...
Information Technology: Better Management of Interdependencies between Programs Supporting 2020 Census Is Needed
GAO-16-623: Published: Aug 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2016.
The three selected Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing (CEDCAP) projects (of 12 total) in GAO's review partially met best practices for monitoring and controlling. For example, the projects fully met the best practice of establishing a process for taking corrective actions if issues are identified, but they did not fully meet the practice of identifying significant performance deviati...
Federal Telework: Better Guidance Could Help Agencies Calculate Benefits and Costs
GAO-16-551: Published: Jul 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2016.
Benefits associated with telework programs include continuity of operations and reduced employee absences, based on GAO's literature review and the experiences of six selected agencies. The benefits most frequently cited by the selected agencies—the Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), General Services Administra...
A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs
GAO-15-593SP: Published: Jul 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2015.
To help managers combat fraud and preserve integrity in government agencies and programs, GAO identified leading practices for managing fraud risks and organized them into a conceptual framework called the Fraud Risk Management Framework (the Framework). The Framework encompasses control activities to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud, with an emphasis on prevention, as well as structures and...
2020 Census: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Successfully Enable Internet Response
GAO-15-225: Published: Feb 5, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2015.
The U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) has taken preliminary steps and plans to further examine the impact of introducing an Internet response option on historically hard-to-count segments of the population (these include, but are not limited to, minorities, renters, children, low-income households, and low-education households). For example, the Bureau is applying lessons learned from its implementation...
Recovery Act: USDA Should Include Broadband Program's Impact in Annual Performance Reports
GAO-14-511: Published: Jun 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2014.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) expects most Recovery Act-funded Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) projects will be completed by the June 2015 deadline and as approved, but RUS faces challenges given the large scope of the program. As of March 2014, approximately 14 percent (42 of 297) of BIP infrastructure projects were terminated for a variety of reasons according to RUS officials, such as f...
Architect of the Capitol: Incorporating All Leading Practices Could Improve Accuracy and Credibility of Projects' Cost Estimates
GAO-14-333: Published: Mar 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2014.
GAO's Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (Cost Guide) defines 12 leading practices that are associated with four characteristics—comprehensive, well documented, accurate , and credible —that are important to developing high-quality, reliable project-cost estimates. Using the Cost Guide , GAO determined that the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) cost-estimating guidance conforms to lead...
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...
2020 Census: Additional Actions Could Strengthen Future Census Test Designs
GAO-14-26: Published: Oct 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2013.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) generally followed most key practices for a sound study plan in designing the three initial field tests. However, some practices were only partially followed. For example, the test designs varied for four practices related to design process management. Good management of the design process can help managers identify factors that can affect the quality of a test, such as...
Acquisition Workforce: Federal Agencies Obtain Training to Meet Requirements, but Have Limited Insight into Costs and Benefits of Training Investment
GAO-13-231: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) sets standards and policies for the federal acquisition workforce, and has established certification requirements, including minimal training, for the three main acquisition roles--contracting staff, Contracting Officer's Representatives, and Program/Project Managers--to promote the development of government-wide core acquisition competencies and fac...