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Released on May 18, 2018
Farm Programs: Information on Payments[back to top]
GAO-18-34R: Published: May 18, 2018. Publicly Released: May 18, 2018.
USDA makes billions of dollars in payments to people and businesses that are actively engaged in farming, and who provide significant contributions of management and labor. Our review found that for 2015: USDA made about $2.7 billion in payments, which were distributed among 95,417 farming operations; The top 50 farming operations received an average of $884,495 in payments, and USDA paid $3.7 m...
Released on May 17, 2018
Aviation Security: TSA Uses Data to Monitor Airport Operations and Respond to Increases in Passenger Wait Times and Throughput
GAO-18-563T: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
In February 2018, GAO reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses data to monitor passenger wait times and throughput, the number of passengers that are screened at each airport checkpoint, on a daily basis and responds to increases. For example, TSA's Airport Operations Center (AOC) monitors daily wait times and passenger throughput from 28 airports that TSA officials say...
Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Prepare for the Transition of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands to Trust Fund Income
GAO-18-415: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
The U.S. is providing $3.6 billion in economic assistance to the nations of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands from 2004 through 2023. This assistance has increasingly been provided in the form of contributions to trust funds for each nation, and is intended to boost their self-sufficiency. After the assistance ends, the trust funds should generate revenue from investments. But we found the trus...
Homeland Security Acquisitions: Leveraging Programs' Results Could Further DHS's Progress to Improve Portfolio Management
GAO-18-339SP: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
Each year, the Department of Homeland Security invests billions of dollars in major acquisitions such as aircraft and surveillance technology. We reviewed DHS's portfolio of major acquisitions and found that, in 2017, more than half of its programs needed more time and money than initially planned—an increase from 2016. DHS has strengthened its policies for managing acquisitions as a portfolio...
Illicit Opioids: Office of National Drug Control Policy and Other Agencies Need to Better Assess Strategic Efforts
GAO-18-569T: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
Federal agencies have documented specific strategies to combat illicit opioids. However, only one of the five strategies we reviewed included outcome, or results-oriented measures—largely due to agency perceptions that designing such measures posed challenges. Without specific outcome-oriented performance measures, federal agencies will not be able to truly assess whether their respective invest...
Rural Housing Service: Better Data Controls, Planning, and Additional Options Could Help Preserve Affordable Rental Units
GAO-18-285: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) implemented an automated tool to estimate when properties could exit the rural rental housing program, but RHS lacked sufficient controls to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of those estimates. In 2016, RHS developed its Multi-Family Housing Property Preservation Tool to replace a manual process of estimating exit da...
Social Security Administration: Observations on Use and Costs of Social Security Cards[back to top]
GAO-18-507T: Published: May 17, 2018. Publicly Released: May 17, 2018.
GAO identified two federal requirements for individuals to show a Social Security card. Based on a search of federal statutes and regulations, GAO did not identify any federal statutory requirements for individuals to present their Social Security card. GAO identified two federal regulations that require individuals to present their card in order to verify their Social Security number (SSN) in cer...
Released on May 15, 2018
Collegiate Aviation Schools: Stakeholders' Views on Challenges for Initial Pilot Training Programs
GAO-18-403: Published: May 15, 2018. Publicly Released: May 15, 2018.
To address concerns about the airline pilot supply, we looked at one pathway for aspiring pilots: colleges and universities offering professional pilot degree programs. We identified 147 such schools. Nearly all of the school representatives we interviewed said that recruiting and retaining flight instructors and students was a challenge. They said that they often lost instructors to airline empl...
Drug Discount Program: Status of Agency Efforts to Improve 340B Program Oversight[back to top]
GAO-18-556T: Published: May 15, 2018. Publicly Released: May 15, 2018.
The "340B" program requires drug manufacturers to sell outpatient drugs to covered entities—certain hospitals and federal grantees (like health centers and clinics)—at a discount to have their drugs covered under Medicaid. This testimony describes the Health Resources & Services Administration's oversight of the 340B Program. In 2011 we made recommendations to HRSA to address weaknesses we id...
Released on May 14, 2018
Event Ticket Sales: Market Characteristics and Consumer Protection Issues[back to top]
GAO-18-347: Published: Apr 12, 2018. Publicly Released: May 14, 2018.
Ticket pricing, resale activity, and fees for events vary. Tickets to popular events sold on the primary market sometimes are priced below the market price, partly because performers want to make tickets affordable and maintain fans' goodwill, according to industry representatives. Tickets are often resold on the secondary market at prices above face value. In a nongeneralizable sample of events G...