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Open Recommendations (89 total)

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Agencies Need to Enhance Oversight of Ransomware Practices and Assess Federal Support

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should, in coordination with CISA, co-SRMAs, and sector entities, determine the extent to which the transportation systems sector is adopting leading cybersecurity practices that help reduce the sector's risk of ransomware. (Recommendation 10)
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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Agencies Need to Enhance Oversight of Ransomware Practices and Assess Federal Support

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should, in coordination with CISA, co-SRMAs, and sector entities, develop and implement routine evaluation procedures that measure the effectiveness of federal support in helping reduce the risk of ransomware to the transportation systems sector. (Recommendation 11)
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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should, in coordination with CISA, co-SRMAs, and sector entities, assess ransomware risks to the transportation systems sector. (Recommendation 9)
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Federal Regulation: Selected Emerging Technologies Highlight the Need for Legislative Analysis and Enhanced Coordination

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should provide the public with information on the NETT Council's completed and planned efforts to evaluate relevant emerging technologies. (Recommendation 2)
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Discretionary Transportation Grants: DOT Should Improve Transparency in the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Program

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should clearly define, in the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program evaluation plan and Notice of Funding Opportunity, how an application may qualify as an "exemplary project of national or regional significance that generates significant benefits in one of the project outcome areas." (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that Office of the Secretary officials establish quality control procedures to verify that the conflict-of-interest screening and eligibility determination documentation is complete for Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program applications. (Recommendation 1)
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Artificial Intelligence: Agencies Have Begun Implementation but Need to Complete Key Requirements

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that the department updates its AI use case inventory to include all the required information, at minimum, and takes steps to ensure that the data in the inventory aligns with provided instructions. (Recommendation 25)
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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that the department (a) reviews the department's authorities related to applications of AI and (b) develops and submits to OMB plans to achieve consistency with the Regulation of AI Applications memorandum (M-21-06). (Recommendation 24)
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Cybersecurity: Federal Agencies Made Progress, but Need to Fully Implement Incident Response Requirements

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that the agency fully implements all event logging requirements as directed by OMB guidance. (Recommendation 12)
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Discretionary Transportation Grants: DOT Should Better Align Its Application Evaluation Process with Federal Guidance

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that RAISE officials document a specific rationale explaining why all non-awarded Highly Rated projects were not selected for an award. (Recommendation 5)
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In its October 2023 written response to GAO's report, DOT stated that it did not concur with this recommendation. Specifically, DOT stated that its selection portfolio process adequately documents why it did not select projects and that no further documentation is necessary. We disagree for the reasons outlined in our report. Specifically, DOT's selection portfolio did not provide specific rationales for not awarding projects, as required by DOT guidance. In addition, while the selection portfolio stated that a project was not included in the portfolio, it did not explicitly provide the rationale for why DOT did not award these projects. We continue to believe that documenting specific rationales for not selecting projects would provide a clearer picture of how DOT makes award decisions, and that DOT should fully implement our recommendation. GAO will monitor DOT's efforts regarding this recommendation.