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Recovery Act: Status of States' and Localities' Use of Funds and Efforts to Ensure Accountability
GAO-10-231: Published: Dec 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
This report is the fourth in a series responding to a mandate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). As of November 27, 2009, $69.1 billion, or about one quarter of the approximately $280 billion of total Recovery Act funds for programs administered by states and localities, had been paid out. The largest programs were the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Perce...
Recovery Act: Status of States' and Localities' Use of Funds and Efforts to Ensure Accountability, an E-supplement to GAO-10-231 (Appendixes)
GAO-10-232SP: Published: Dec 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
This supplementary report to GAO-10-231 provides individual state appendixes for 16 states and the District of Columbia for GAO's work on the fourth of its bimonthly reviews of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). GAO's work focused on nine federal programs that are estimated to account for approximately 87 percent of federal Recovery Act outlays in fiscal year 2009 for progr...
Smithsonian Institution: Governance and Facilities Reforms Progressing, but Work Remains
GAO-10-297T: Published: Dec 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
The Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian) is the world's largest museum complex. Its funding comes from its own private trust fund assets and federal appropriations. The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the Smithsonian's governing body, is responsible for the long-term stewardship of the Smithsonian. In recent years, GAO and others have documented (1) significant governance and accountability breakdo...
Smithsonian Institution: Implementation of Governance Reforms is Progressing, but Work Remains
GAO-10-190R: Published: Dec 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2009.
The Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian) is the world's largest museum complex. Its funding comes from its own private trust fund assets and federal appropriations. The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the Smithsonian's governing body, is responsible for the long-term stewardship of the Smithsonian. In recent years, GAO and others have documented significant governance and accountability breakdowns...
Information Technology: U.S. Postal Service Needs to Strengthen System Acquisition and Management Capabilities to Improve Its Intelligent Mail Full Service Program
GAO-10-145: Published: Oct 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2009.
In 2003, the United States Postal Service (USPS) initiated the Intelligent Mail program, which is intended to use information-rich standardized barcodes to track mail and thus provide USPS and mailers with better and timely information. A major component of this program is the Full Service program, which, among other things, is intended to build a system that improves the visibility into end-to-en...
Homeland Security: Greater Attention to Key Practices Would Help Address Security Vulnerabilities at Federal Buildings
GAO-10-236T: Published: Nov 18, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2009.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for providing law enforcement and related security services for nearly 9,000 federal facilities under the control and custody of the General Services Administration (GSA). In 2004 GAO identified a set of key protection practices from the collective practices of federal agencies and the private sect...
2010 Census: Census Bureau Continues to Make Progress in Mitigating Risks to a Successful Enumeration, but Still Faces Various Challenges
GAO-10-132T: Published: Oct 7, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2009.
The decennial census is a constitutionally-mandated activity that produces data used to apportion congressional seats, redraw congressional districts, and help allocate billions of dollars in federal assistance. In March 2008, GAO designated the 2010 Census a high-risk area in part because of information technology (IT) shortcomings. The U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) has since strengthened its risk...
Personnel Security Clearances: An Outcome-Focused Strategy and Comprehensive Reporting of Timeliness and Quality Would Provide Greater Visibility over the Clearance Process
GAO-10-117T: Published: Oct 1, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2009.
This testimony discusses the key recommendations from the two reports we recently released, which include (1) the need for a fully developed strategic framework for the reform process that includes outcome-focused performance measures to show progress and (2) more transparency in annually reporting to Congress on the timeliness and quality of the clearance process. This testimony is based on our r...
NASA: Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established
GAO-09-844: Published: Aug 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2009.
NASA's Constellation program is developing the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle as the agency's first major efforts in a plan to return to the moon and eventually send humans to Mars. GAO has issued a number of reports and testimonies on various aspects of this program, and made several recommendations. GAO was asked to assess NASA's progress in implementing GAO's...
Results-Oriented Management: Strengthening Key Practices at FEMA and Interior Could Promote Greater Use of Performance Information
GAO-09-676: Published: Aug 17, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2009.
Since 1997, periodic GAO surveys indicate that overall, federal managers have more performance information available but have not made any greater use of this information for decision making. Based on GAO's most recent survey in 2007, GAO was asked to (1) identify agencies with relatively low use of performance information and the factors that contribute to this condition; and (2) examine practice...