Department of Commerce

Jump To:

Open Recommendations (74 total)

Working Dogs: Federal Agencies Need to Better Address Health and Welfare

Show
1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should direct all of the Department of Commerce's agencies with contractor-managed working dog programs to ensure that all 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs are addressed, as appropriate, in future contracts. (Recommendation 11)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

Show
1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that its organization-wide risk management strategy includes key elements, including a determination of privacy risk tolerance. (Recommendation 9)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Commerce agreed with our recommendation and stated that it planned to develop a formal action plan. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Tribal Economic Development: Action is Needed to Better Understand the Extent of Federal Support

Show
3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce The Director of Commerce's Office of Native American Business Development, in coordination with tribes, should establish a plan for periodically publicly reporting the amount of economic development assistance provided by Commerce to tribal entities and using that information to identify opportunities to improve assistance to tribal entities. (Recommendation 3)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should establish an organizational structure and assign responsibilities for the Office of Native American Business Development. (Recommendation 1)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce The Director of Commerce's Office of Native American Business Development, in coordination with other relevant federal agencies and entities, should create, maintain, and share a repository of information on economic development programs across federal agencies that tribal entities can access, and should assist tribal entities in identifying programs best suited to their needs. (Recommendation 2)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Export Controls: Enforcement Agencies Should Better Leverage Information to Target Efforts Involving U.S. Universities

Show
3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security identifies relevant risk factors and analyzes this information to identify universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 1)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Commerce concurred with the recommendation, but it did not provide an action plan for addressing the recommendation. As of July 2022 we had not received an update from the agency concerning actions taken to address the recommendation. We will continue to monitor Commerce's progress in implementing this recommendation.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security shares the results of any analyses aimed at identifying U.S. universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports, with EE field offices. (Recommendation 2)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Commerce concurred with the recommendation, but it did not provide an action plan for addressing the recommendation. As of July 2022 we had not received an update from the agency concerning actions taken to address the recommendation. We will continue to monitor Commerce's progress in implementing this recommendation.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security implements a mechanism to periodically assess the relevance and sufficiency of risk factors used for prioritizing universities for outreach to address new or evolving threats to U.S. university research, including threats pertaining to sensitive technology transfers and unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 3)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Commerce concurred with the recommendation, but it did not provide an action plan for addressing the recommendation. As of July 2022 we had not received an update from the agency concerning actions taken to address the recommendation. We will continue to monitor Commerce's progress in implementing this recommendation.

Economic and Commercial Diplomacy: State and Commerce Could Build on Efforts to Improve Coordination and Effectiveness

Show
2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of State should clarify how Commerce and State will sustain program leadership over the long term, such as with succession planning, in their Memorandum of Understanding for the Partner Post Program. (Recommendation 2)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce should clarify how their agencies will sustain program leadership over the long term, such as with succession planning, in their guidance cables for the Deal Team Initiative. (Recommendation 7)
Open

 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.