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Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law
GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
Facial recognition technology can be used in numerous consumer and business applications, but the extent of its current use in commercial settings is not fully known. The technology is commonly used in software that manages personal photographs and in social networking applications to identify friends. In addition, several companies use the technology to provide secure access to computers, phones,...
Defense Infrastructure: Improvements in DOD Reporting and Cybersecurity Implementation Needed to Enhance Utility Resilience Planning
GAO-15-749: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
Department of Defense (DOD) installations have experienced utility disruptions resulting in operational and fiscal impacts due to hazards such as mechanical failure and extreme weather. Threats, such as cyber attacks, also have the potential to cause disruptions. In its June 2014 Annual Energy Management Report (Energy Report) to Congress, DOD reported 180 utility disruptions lasting 8 hours or lo...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Information Systems Controls
GAO-15-412R: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
During GAO's audit of the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2014, and 2013, GAO identified nine new information systems general control deficiencies related to security management, access controls, and configuration management. In a separately issued Limited Officia...
Underutilized Facilities: DOD and GSA Information Sharing May Enhance Opportunities to Use Space at Military Installations
GAO-15-346: Published: Jun 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2015.
Department of Defense (DOD) guidance outlines options for granting the use of unutilized (vacant) and underutilized (partially vacant) space on military installations to non-DOD entities, such as other federal agencies, and installations consider several factors when contemplating such grants. For example, DOD and military department guidance identifies the real estate instruments, such as leases...
Electronic Cigarettes: Imports, Tariffs, and Data Collection
GAO-15-491R: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2015.
Import volume and tariff revenue for electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are unknown, because the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS)—which is used to classify U.S. imports and exports for tariff and other purposes—does not contain statistical reporting numbers specific to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, e-cigarette parts, and e-cigarette liquid are imported under HTS s...
Information Management: Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive
GAO-15-339: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The 24 federal agencies took actions toward implementing each of the seven requirements set forth in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive on managing government records (see table).Agency Implementation of Managing Government Directive RequirementsDirective areaDue dateNumber of agencies implementing requirementDesignate senior...
Management Report: Areas for Improvement in the Federal Reserve Banks' Information Systems Controls
GAO-15-413R: Published: Apr 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2015.
During GAO's audit of the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2014, and 2013, GAO identified and communicated to the Federal Reserve Banks' (FRB) management certain new deficiencies in information systems controls over key financial systems maintained and operated by...
Federal Chief Information Officers: Reporting to OMB Can Be Improved by Further Streamlining and Better Focusing on Priorities
GAO-15-106: Published: Apr 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2015.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directs agency chief information officers (CIO) to respond to 36 information technology (IT) management reporting requirements, largely on a quarterly or annual basis, that address several areas key to effective IT management (see figure).Number of Requirements per Key IT Management AreaOMB uses the information reported by CIOs to help it oversee the feder...
Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a Data Infrastructure, and Reducing Duplicative Efforts [Reissued March 18, 2015]
GAO-15-193: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015.
Federal agencies and state governments use a variety of geospatial datasets to support their missions. For example, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency used geospatial data to identify 44,000 households that were damaged and inaccessible and reported that, as a result, it was able to provide expedited assistance to area residents. Federal agencies report spending...
Transportation Safety: Results of Collection of Information on State Permitting Practices for Oversize Vehicles (GAO-15-235SP, February 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-236 [Reissued on February 27, 2015]
GAO-15-235SP: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
GAO gathered information from officials in 50 states and the District of Columbia on their permitting practices for oversize and overweight vehicles and loads. A permit is issued by a state to provide permission for an oversize or overweight vehicle and load to travel in an area, for example a state or town, or on a specific route, such as an interstate highway. When state agencies issue permits,...