Cost overruns (1 - 10 of 15 items) in Custom Date Range
Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed
GAO-15-755T: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015.
Cost and schedule have increased for the Kabul embassy construction project, in part due to incomplete cost and risk assessment. Cost for the 2009 and 2010 contracts has increased by about 27 percent, from $625.4 million to $792.9 million, and is likely to increase further. Projected completion has been delayed over 3 years to fall 2017. The Department of State (State) did not follow its cost cont...
United Nations Renovations: Original Scope Reduced and Project Over Budget, but Lessons Learned Could Improve Future Projects
GAO-15-414: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The Capital Master Plan (CMP) intended to modernize, secure, and restore the United Nations (UN) Headquarters Complex, is substantially complete. However, the project is 3 years behind schedule primarily due to unplanned security upgrades and is projected to be over budget, while the UN has removed two buildings from its scope due to lack of a feasible solution to security concerns. As of February...
International Food Aid: Better Agency Collaboration Needed to Assess and Improve Emergency Food Aid Procurement System
GAO-14-22: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014.
Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly manage international emergency food aid procurement, the agencies disagree about the usefulness of the Web Based Supply Chain Management system (WBSCM) to manage the entire process. WBSCM had significant deficiencies when it was implemented in April 2011, which led USAID to discontinue...
Broadcasting Board of Governors: Additional Steps Needed to Address Overlap in International Broadcasting
GAO-13-172: Published: Jan 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2013.
Nearly two-thirds of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) language services--offices that produce content for particular languages and regions-- overlap with another BBG service by providing programs to the same countries in the same languages. GAO identified 23 instances of overlap involving 43 of BBG's 69 services. For example, in 8 instances involving 16 services, a Voice of America servic...
United Nations Renovations: Best Practices Could Enhance Future Cost Estimates
GAO-12-795: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Capital Master Plan (CMP) has made progress, but may not deliver the projects original scope, faces risks meeting its scheduled completion date, and is projected to be about $430 million over budget as of February 2012. Regarding the projects scope, the CMP office may not renovate the Library and South Annextwo of the five buildings in its original scopedue to the lack...
Millennium Challenge Corporation: MCC Has Addressed a Number of Implementation Challenges, but Needs to Improve Financial Controls and Infrastructure Planning
GAO-10-52: Published: Nov 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2009.
Established in January 2004 with a mission to reduce poverty through economic growth, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has committed $6.9 billion for compacts with 19 developing countries. MCC vests compact management with accountable entities in recipient countries, called Millennium Challenge Accounts (MCA). MCAs, with guidance from MCC, allocate resources, oversee and implement a fina...
State Department: Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Improve Passport Operations
GAO-08-891: Published: Jul 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2008.
In 2007, following the implementation of new document requirements for travelers entering the United States from within the Western Hemisphere, the Department of State (State) received a record number of passport applications. In June 2009 further document requirements are scheduled to go into effect and will likely lead to another surge in passport demand. GAO examined (1) the extent to which Sta...
Afghanistan Reconstruction: Progress Made in Constructing Roads, but Assessments for Determining Impact and a Sustainable Maintenance Program Are Needed
GAO-08-689: Published: Jul 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2008.
The Afghan government, the United States, and other donors consider road reconstruction a top development priority for Afghanistan. Almost 20 percent of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) $5.9 billion in assistance to Afghanistan has been for roads. The Department of Defense (Defense) has committed about $560 million for roads, of which Commander's Emergency Response Program (...
United Nations: Renovation Schedule Accelerated after Delays, but Risks Remain in Key Areas
GAO-08-513R: Published: Apr 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2008.
The United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City neither conforms to current building codes nor meets UN technology or security requirements. As the UN's host country and largest contributor, the United States has a substantial interest in the success of the Capital Master Plan (CMP), a project to renovate the complex. In this update, GAO reviewed the following key areas: renovation approach,...
Update on the United Nations' Capital Master Plan
GAO-07-414R: Published: Feb 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2007.
Since 2000, the United Nations (UN) has been developing a Capital Master Plan (CMP) to renovate its headquarters complex in New York City to bring it into compliance with current life safety and building codes. The planned renovation will also enable the UN to address technology and security needs. Since 2001, we have reported on the UN's efforts to develop the CMP. As we finalized our most recent...