GAO’s Strategic Issues Team
Posted on April 28, 2015
GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll spotlight the Strategic Issues (SI) team, which focuses on helping Congress and federal agencies address the governance and management challenges of the 21st century. Reports SI team reports cover these issue areas:
- Tax Policy and Administration. Report topics have included identity theft related tax refund fraud and evaluating tax expenditures. We also review taxpayer services and return processing in the annual tax filing season.
- Government-wide Performance and Management Issues, such as using performance information for decision making, federal customer service, and collaboration.
- Budget and Debt, including user fees, the federal fiscal outlook, federal debt, and debt management.
- Human Capital: Focusing on the federal civil service, we have reported on critical skills gaps, paid administrative leave, official time for union activities, and ratings and performance awards.
- Intergovernmental Relations: Examining relationships between federal government and its partners, such as federal spending data transparency, Recovery Act implementation, and state and local government fiscal outlooks.
- Regulatory Policy: Report topics have included expected costs and benefits of regulations, public comment on proposed rules, and the regulatory review process.
- Decennial Census: We have reported on improving Census maps and addresses, and prioritizing information technology research.
- Service Reduction. Agencies reported that sequestration reduced assistance for education, housing, and nutrition, as well as health and science research and development grants. Some agencies also experienced backlogs and service delivery delays because of personnel constraints such as limited hiring and furloughs.
- Investment Delays. Agencies reported putting off investments in information technology and facilities projects, among others.
- Federal Workforce Effects. More than 770,000 federal employees were furloughed for 1 to 7 days. Agencies also canceled or limited monetary awards, reduced employee travel and training, and curtailed hiring—with possible negative effects on employee morale and workforce retention and recruitment.
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