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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...
National Archives and Records Administration: Actions Needed to Ensure Facilities That Store Federal Records Meet Standards
GAO-13-668: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
Agencies are to store federal records in three types of facilities:Federal records centers: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) operates 18 federal records centers that are comprised of 24 facilities (buildings) located across the United States. Each facility includes storage areas, referred to as bays.Agency records centers: Agencies also establish and operate records centers...
Intellectual Property: Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality
GAO-13-465: Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.
From 2000 to 2010, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the federal courts fluctuated slightly, and from 2010 to 2011, the number of such lawsuits increased by about a third. Some stakeholders GAO interviewed said that the increase in 2011 was most likely influenced by the anticipation of changes in the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which made several significant changes to...
President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief: Millions Being Treated, but Better Information Management Needed to Further Improve and Expand Treatment
GAO-13-688: Published: Jul 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2013.
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has expanded treatment programs and increased their efficiency and effectiveness.According to the Department of State's (State) Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), from 2005 to 2011, PEPFAR's per-patient treatment costs declined from about $1,053 to about $339. PEPFAR's increasing use of generic products and declining antiretro...
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Review of Compact Records and Information Management Program
GAO-13-615: Published: Jun 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2013.
In 2006, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) established a records and information management program to maintain and preserve its federal records. The program includes policies related to compact management records--a subset of MCC's federal records. These policies also address the handling of other compact-related information generated by MCC partner governments' accountable entities, whi...
Bureau of the Public Debt: Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-416R: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
During GAO's fiscal year 2012 audit of the Schedules of Federal Debt managed by the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD), GAO identified four new general information systems control deficiencies related to access controls and configuration management. In a separately issued Limited Official Use Only report, GAO communicated to the Commissioner of the Bureau of th...
Federal Reserve Banks: Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-419R: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
During GAO's fiscal year 2012 audit of the Schedules of Federal Debt managed by the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD), GAO identified two new general information systems control deficiencies related to security management. In a separately issued Limited Official Use Only report, GAO communicated to Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) management detailed information reg...
Information Sharing: Agencies Could Better Coordinate to Reduce Overlap in Field-Based Activities
GAO-13-471: Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2013.
Five types of field-based information-sharing entities are supported, in part, by the federal government--Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Field Intelligence Groups, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers, state and major urban area fusion centers, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigative Support Centers--and have distinct missions, roles, and responsibilities. Howev...
Information Sharing: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure That Efforts to Share Terrorism-Related Suspicious Activity Reports Are Effective [Reissued on March 26, 2013]
GAO-13-233: Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has largely implemented the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative among fusion centers--entities that serve as the focal point within a state for sharing and analyzing suspicious activity reports and other threat information. The state and local law enforcement officials GAO interviewed generally said the initiative's processes worked well, but that th...
Electronic Health Records: Long History of Management Challenges Raises Concerns about VA's and DOD's New Approach to Sharing Health Information
GAO-13-413T: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2013.
The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) have undertaken a number of patchwork efforts over the past 15 years to achieve interoperability (i.e., the ability to share data) of records between their information systems; however, these efforts have faced persistent challenges. The departments' early efforts to achieve interoperability included enabling DOD to electronically transfer...