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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...
Information Sharing: DHS Is Assessing Fusion Center Capabilities and Results, but Needs to More Accurately Account for Federal Funding Provided to Centers
GAO-15-155: Published: Nov 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is helping state and major urban area fusion centers assess baseline capabilities—such as the ability to receive, analyze, and disseminate threat information—and address capability gaps through an annual assessment process, resources it provides to centers to mitigate gaps, and an exercise program to evaluate capabilities in practice. Results of the 20...
Transportation Security Information Sharing: Results of GAO's Survey of Stakeholder Satisfaction with TSA Products and Mechanisms (GAO-14-488SP, June 2014), an E-supplement to GAO-14-506
GAO-14-488SP: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014.
This e-supplement is a companion to our report entitled, Transportation Security Information Sharing: Stakeholder Satisfaction Varies; TSA Could Take Additional Actions to Strengthen Efforts, GAO-14-506. This e-supplement presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of transportation stakeholders from the aviation, freight and passenger rail, highway, public transit (i.e., mass transit), and pip...
State Department: Process to Track Responses to Congressional Correspondence Can Be Improved
GAO-14-424: Published: May 20, 2014. Publicly Released: May 20, 2014.
The Department of State (State) uses a multistage process to respond to congressional correspondence. In April 2011, the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (the Bureau), which is responsible for tracking State's response letters, began using a database to track State's responses as they move through the stages of the process. The process includes the Bureau entering key information into a database, tas...
Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Are Needed to Achieve Portfolio Savings
GAO-14-65: Published: Nov 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2013.
The 26 major federal agencies that were required to participate in the PortfolioStat initiative fully addressed four of seven key requirements established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). However, only 1 of the 26 agencies addressed all the requirements. For example, agencies did not develop action plans that addressed all elements, such as criteria for identifying wasteful, low-value...
Federal Data Transparency: Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Lessons Learned as Availability of Spending Data Increases
GAO-13-758: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 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...
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...
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: 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...