Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Implementation Status of Open Recommendations

OCG-99-28: Published: Jul 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a list of open recommendations to help solve problems in areas it designated as major management challenges in its January 1999 Performance and Accountability Report Series.

GAO noted that: (1) there are over 450 open GAO recommendations in 84 major management challenge areas; (2) for those areas with numerous open recommendations, GAO has focused on those that are most important to solving the problem (generally 10 to 12 per management challenge), and briefly summarized the other recommendations; (3) for many recommendations, agencies have indicated their agreement and intent to implement them; (4) in some cases, actions are underway and progress is being made, while in others, implementation has not yet begun; (5) in some instances, agencies disagreed with GAO's recommendations and plan no action; (6) to maximize the utility of the information, GAO has kept its comments on agency actions brief; and (7) for each management challenge, GAO includes a point of contact who can provide additional information as needed.

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