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GAO's Action Tracker

GAO's Action Tracker is an online tool for monitoring the progress federal agencies and Congress have made in addressing the actions identified in GAO's annual Duplication and Cost Savings reports. Fully addressing every action in this tool would result in tens of billions in savings for the federal government.

Use the interactive Action Tracker below or download the entire file (XLSX or CSV).

To examine progress on the areas from our previous reports on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication, we reviewed relevant legislation and documents such as budgets, policies, strategic and implementation plans, and guidance.

We used the following criteria in assessing the status of areas:

  • We determined that an area was "addressed" if all actions in that area were addressed; "partially addressed" if at least one action needed in that area showed some progress toward implementation but not all actions were addressed; and "not addressed" if none of the actions needed in that area were addressed or partially addressed.

We used the following criteria in assessing the status of actions:

  • In assessing actions suggested for Congress, we applied the following criteria: “addressed” means relevant legislation has been enacted and addresses all aspects of the action needed; “partially addressed” means a relevant bill has passed a committee, the House of Representatives, or the Senate during the current congressional session, or relevant legislation has been enacted but only addressed part of the action needed; and “not addressed” means a bill may have been introduced but did not pass out of a committee, or no relevant legislation has been introduced. At the beginning of a new congressional session, we reapply the criteria. As a result, the status of an action may move from partially addressed to not addressed if relevant legislation is not reintroduced from the prior congressional session.

    In assessing actions suggested for the executive branch, we applied the following criteria: “addressed” means implementation of the action needed has been completed; “partially addressed” means the action needed is in development, or started but not yet completed; and “not addressed” means the administration, the agencies, or both have made minimal or no progress toward implementing the action needed.

We update the Action Tracker twice a year, in the spring and fall. For the most up-to-date status on the recommendations, please visit their related reports in the “Related GAO Links” tab.

You can also download the Action Tracker spreadsheet, which contains all the actions and their status as of March 1, 2017:

  • .XLSX format
  • .CSV format with a companion readme file in .TXT format.