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2010 Census: Bureau Needs to Specify How It Will Assess Coverage Follow-up Techniques and When It Will Produce Coverage Measurement Results
GAO-08-414: Published: Apr 15, 2008. Publicly Released: May 15, 2008.
An accurate decennial census relies on finding and counting people--only once--in the right place and collecting complete and correct information. GAO reviewed the Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau's (Bureau) plans to (1) improve the census's accuracy--or coverage--with its coverage follow-up operation, (2) assess the accuracy of the census through its census coverage measurement program...
Federal Real Property: Corps of Engineers Needs to Improve the Reliability of Its Real Property Disposal Data
GAO-08-349: Published: May 9, 2008. Publicly Released: May 9, 2008.
Unreliable real property data has been a long-standing problem for federal landholding agencies. Under the President's real property initiative, agencies are being held accountable for, among other things, improving accuracy of their real property inventory and disposing of unneeded property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the fourth largest landholding agency, uses the Real Estate Mana...
Privacy: Government Use of Data from Information Resellers Could Include Better Protections
GAO-08-543T: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
Federal agencies collect and use personal information for various purposes from information resellers--companies that amass and sell data from many sources. GAO was asked to testify on its April 2006 report on agency use of reseller data. For that report, GAO was asked to determine how the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State and the Social Security Administration used personal dat...
Information Technology: Significant Problems of Critical Automation Program Contribute to Risks Facing 2010 Census
GAO-08-550T: Published: Mar 5, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2008.
Of the $11 billion total estimated cost of the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau planned (as of 2007) to spend about $3 billion on automation and information technology in order to improve census coverage, accuracy, and efficiency. Among other things, the Bureau is planning to automate many of its planned field data collection activities as a way to reduce costs and improve data quality and operation...
Federal Acquisition: Oversight Plan Needed to Help Implement Acquisition Advisory Panel's Recommendations
GAO-08-515T: Published: Feb 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 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 an Acquisition Advisory Panel to make recommendations for improving acquisition practices. In January 2007, th...
Management Report: Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-07-942R: Published: Jun 27, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2007.
In February 2007, we issued our opinions on the calendar year 2006 financial statements of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) and the FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF). We also issued our opinion on the effectiveness of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) internal control over financial reporting (including safeguarding assets) and compliance as of December 31, 2006, and our evaluation of F...
2010 Census: Planning and Testing Activities Are Making Progress
GAO-06-465T: Published: Mar 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2006.
Rigorous planning is key to a successful census as it helps ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency. The U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) estimates the 2010 Census will cost around $11.3 billion, which would make it the most expensive census in our country's history, even after adjusting for inflation. GAO was asked to testify on (1) the Bureau's progress in preparing for the 2010 Census, (2) the c...
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...
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...
Corporation For National And Community Service: Better Internal Control and Revised Practices Would Improve the Management of AmeriCorps and the National Service Trust
GAO-04-225: Published: Jan 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2004.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) was created to help meet community needs and expand educational opportunity by providing education awards to participants. The Corporation oversees and funds the AmeriCorps program as well as the National Service Trust (the Trust), which pays the education awards. From November 2002 to March 2003 the Corporation suspended AmeriCo...