Federal agencies (31 - 40 of 161 items)
Reexamining Regulations: Agencies Often Made Regulatory Changes, but Could Strengthen Linkages to Performance Goals
GAO-14-268: Published: Apr 11, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014.
Agencies often made changes to regulations in response to completed retrospective regulatory analyses, but could improve the reporting of progress. Executive Orders and related implementation guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) require executive agencies, and encourage independent regulatory agencies, to develop and implement retrospective review plans. Agencies use semiannual...
Inspectors General: Oversight of Small Federal Agencies and the Role of the Inspectors General
GAO-14-503T: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2014.
The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (IG Act), originally established inspectors general (IG) appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate in 12 major departments and agencies of the government to conduct and supervise independent audits and investigations; recommend policies to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and prevent and detect fraud and abuse in their depar...
General Services Administration: GSA Should Clarify Its Reporting Exemption and Collect Additional Data on Executives' Use of Aircraft for Nonmission Purposes
GAO-14-151: Published: Feb 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2014.
The exemption in General Services Administration (GSA) regulations that allows intelligence agencies not to report unclassified data on senior federal official travel for nonmission purposes is not consistent with executive branch requirements, and GSA has not provided a basis for deviating from these requirements. Specifically, executive branch documents—including Office of Management and Budge...
Federal Rulemaking: Regulatory Review Processes Could Be Enhanced
GAO-14-423T: Published: Mar 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2014.
In 2007, GAO found that agencies had conducted more retrospective reviews of the costs and benefits of existing regulation than was readily apparent, especially to the public. Requirements in statutes or executive directives were sometimes the impetus for reviews, but agencies more often conducted these retrospective reviews based on their own discretionary authorities. Agencies reported that disc...
Human Capital: Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training
GAO-14-132: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014.
Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) from 26 agencies reported that, from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, they spent almost $57 million (in constant 2012 dollars) on executive training provided by external providers. CHCOs reported using the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government most often. Agencies are required to maintain rec...
Computer Matching Act: OMB and Selected Agencies Need to Ensure Consistent Implementation
GAO-14-44: Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2014.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for developing guidelines and providing assistance to agencies on implementing the Computer Matching Act, while agencies have a variety of implementation responsibilities. Agency responsibilities include (1) developing computer matching agreements (CMA) containing specific elements for each proposed matching program and notifying Congress, O...
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 Real Property: Improved Standards Needed to Ensure That Agencies' Reported Cost Savings Are Reliable and Transparent
GAO-14-12: Published: Oct 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2013.
Agencies reported real property cost savings of $3.8 billion in response to the June 2010 presidential memorandum from disposal, space management, sustainability, and innovation activities. Space management savings, defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as those savings resulting from, among other things, consolidations or the elimination of lease arrangements that were not cost eff...
Federal Data Transparency: Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Recovery Act Lessons Learned
GAO-13-871T: Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.
Several federal entities, including the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GAT Board), the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), have initiatives under way to improve the accuracy and availability of federal spending data. The GAT Board, through its working groups, developed approaches to standardize key data...
Freedom of Information Act: Office of Government Information Services Has Begun Implementing Its Responsibilities, but Further Actions Are Needed
GAO-13-650: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has provided comments on proposed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations for 18 of 99 federal agencies that administer FOIA, as well as a number of Privacy Act system of records notices. While OGIS has suggested improvements to a number of those regulations and notices, it has not performed the reviews of...