Open Recommendations (69 total)

Earthquakes: Progress Made to Implement Early Warning System, but Actions Needed to Improve Program Management

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce, jointly with the Secretary of the Interior, should fully implement memorandum of understanding between USGS and NOAA by establishing the Interagency Committee for Program Coordination. (Recommendation 8).
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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

Decennial Census: Bureau Should Assess Significant Data Collection Challenges as It Undertakes Planning for 2030

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau should, to inform 2030 planning, evaluate how major operational changes in response to data collection challenges affected the quality and completeness of nonresponse follow-up and group quarters enumerations. At a minimum, this evaluation should address: (1) late design changes; (2) procedures for accessing multi-unit buildings; (3) the process for reassigning cases; (4) supervisory alerts used to manage enumerators; (5) quality control over training assessments; and (6) the eResponse option for group quarter data collection. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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

Data Governance: Agencies Made Progress in Establishing Governance, but Need to Address Key Milestones

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of the Department of Commerce should direct the Chief Financial Officer to develop and include a description of the controls for the <i>Award Description</i> data element, specifically the agency's significant milestones and major decisions pertaining to the use of plain English descriptions for describing the purpose of its awards, in the next data quality plan update. (Recommendation 4)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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 the Department of Commerce should direct the Chief Data Officer to aggregate bureau-level assessments to conduct and document the outcome of an initial data maturity assessment. (Recommendation 2)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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 the Department of Commerce should direct the Chief Data Officer to aggregate bureau-level assessments and analyses to assess current staff data literacy and data skills and to conduct a gap analysis between the current staff's skills and the skills the agency requires, and establish a baseline performance plan to close the identified data skills and literacy gaps. (Recommendation 3)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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

2020 Census: Census Bureau Needs to Assess Data Quality Concerns Stemming from Recent Design Changes

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau should update and implement assessments, evaluations, and coverage measurement efforts to address the effects of the Bureau's response to COVID-19 that we identified, including data quality concerns and potential operational benefits from innovations. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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

Senior Executive Service: Opportunities for Selected Agencies to Improve Their Career Reassignment Processes

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the department-level Executive Resources Board and Office of Executive Resources, should fully implement policy and guidance in development that require the bureaus to maintain career SES reassignment-related documentation in the SES member's Official Personnel Folder, and to provide those documents to the Office of Executive Resources for review and approval before making career SES reassignments. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In its comments on a draft of this report, Commerce concurred with the recommendation and indicated it will take steps to implement the recommendation. We will continue to monitor Commerce's progress.

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Commerce Should Improve Its Exclusion Request Process and Economic Impact Reviews

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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should direct BIS to identify, analyze, and respond to factors in the process that may cause submission errors. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In commenting on the report in September 2020, Commerce concurred with GAO's recommendation. In March 2021, Commerce officials reported that they had taken a number of actions to improve the process, and that they had seen a decline in the number of requests rejected and withdrawn. Officials reported they would take additional actions in calendar year 2021, such as exploring additional technical modifications to the 232 Tariff Exclusion Portal. Commerce said that these actions are intended to reduce the overall number of submission errors, and they will continue to work to identify, analyze, and respond to factors that drive such errors in the Portal as well as improve the 232 Exclusion Process overall. GAO continues to monitor agency actions in response to this recommendation.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should direct BIS to identify, assess, and make program changes to address issues that have impeded timeliness and created the backlog of exclusion requests. (Recommendation 2)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In commenting on the report in September 2020, Commerce concurred with GAO's recommendation. In March 2021, Commerce reported changes they had made to their process and additional actions they would be taking during calendar year 2021. For instance, to reduce issues that have impeded timeliness, Commerce officials stated that they would be issuing new General Approved Exclusions for products demonstrated not to be produced domestically, and would explore additional technical modifications to help automate their process. Commerce also said they would continue to work to identify, assess, and address issues that slow timeliness in the 232 Exclusion Portal. GAO continues to monitor agency actions to address this recommendation.
Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should assign responsibility for regularly reviewing the impact of the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including tariff exclusions, and document the results. (Recommendation 3)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In commenting on the report in September 2020, Commerce concurred with GAO's recommendation. In March 2021, Commerce reported it identified BIS, in coordination with ITA, to be the lead bureau for regularly reviewing the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on imports. To that end, Commerce plans to develop a regular reporting structure by May 31, 2021. GAO continues to monitor agency actions to address this recommendation.