Accountability (81 - 90 of 158 items)
U.S. Postal Service: Progress Made in Implementing Mail Processing Realignment Efforts, but Better Integration and Performance Measurement Still Needed
GAO-07-1083T: Published: Jul 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2007.
GAO reported in 2005 on major changes in the mailing industry that have reinforced the need for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to reduce costs and increase efficiency. To address these changes and become more efficient, USPS is implementing initiatives aimed at realigning its mail processing network. In a follow-up review, GAO recently reported that USPS has made progress in implementing these ini...
Inspectors General: Opportunities to Enhance Independence and Accountability
GAO-07-1089T: Published: Jul 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2007.
The federal inspectors general (IG) play a critical role in addressing mismanagement of scarce taxpayer dollars. In the coming years, as we enter a period of escalating deficits and increasingly limited resources, GAO believes that the greatest single source of savings will come from bold, decisive efforts to transform what government does and how it does business, and to hold it accountable for r...
Improper Payments Information Act of 2002: Department of Defense Travel Expenditure Reporting
GAO-07-767R: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
In November 2002, the Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA). The major objective of the legislation was to enhance the accuracy and integrity of federal payments. This legislation, in conjunction with implementing guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requires executive branch agency heads to review their programs and activities annually, identify...
U.S. Postal Service: Postal Reform Law Provides Opportunities to Address Postal Challenges
GAO-07-685T: Published: Apr 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2007.
When GAO originally placed the U.S. Postal Service's (the Service) transformation efforts and long-term outlook on its high-risk list in early 2001, it was to focus urgent attention on the Service's deteriorating financial situation. Aggressive action was needed, particularly in cutting costs, improving productivity, and enhancing financial transparency. GAO testified several times since 2001 that...
Disaster Relief: Governmentwide Framework Needed to Collect and Consolidate Information to Report on Billions in Federal Funding for the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes
GAO-06-834: Published: Sep 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2006.
Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region of the United States and caused billions of dollars in damage. Hurricanes Rita and Wilma further exacerbated damage to the region. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was tasked with the primary role of managing the federal relief and recovery efforts. This review was performed under th...
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Building Project Management and Related Budget Planning
GAO-06-61R: Published: Oct 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2005.
Congress asked us to provide a briefing on the facilities management and budgeting issues of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that SEC disclosed to Congress in May 2005, which resulted in SEC's requesting a reprogramming of approximately $48 million of 2005 and 2006 funds. The reprogramming was requested to cover unbudgeted costs related to the construction of new facilities in Wa...
Management Report: Opportunities for Improvements in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-05-693R: Published: Aug 12, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2005.
In May 2005, we issued our report expressing an opinion on the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) fiscal year 2004 financial statements and an opinion on SEC's internal control as of September 30, 2004. We also reported on the results of our tests of SEC's compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations during fiscal year 2004. Our report on SEC's fiscal year 2004 financial sta...
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...
Financial Management: Effective Internal Control Is Key to Accountability
GAO-05-321T: Published: Feb 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2005.
Internal control is at the heart of accountability for our nation's resources and how effectively government uses them. This testimony outlines the importance of internal control, summarizes the Congress's long-standing interest in internal control and the related statutory framework, discusses GAO's experiences and lessons learned from agency assessments since the early 1980s, and provides GAO's...
Posthearing Questions: District of Columbia's Structural Imbalance and Management Issues
GAO-05-162R: Published: Nov 19, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2004.
On June 22, 2004, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Appropriations on the District of Columbia's structural imbalance and management issues. This letter responds to a request from the subcommittee that GAO provide answers to follow-up questions from the Honorable Richard Durbin, United States Senate.The District of Columbia has made progress in...