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Released on March 27, 2020
Department of Justice: ATF and U.S. Marshals Service Can Further Strengthen Controls over Employee Misconduct Processes
GAO-20-200: Published: Feb 19, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2020.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service collectively investigated about 3,900 allegations of employee misconduct in FY 2014-2018. About half of the investigations found that the allegations were unsubstantiated. In the others, the most common offenses included poor judgment at ATF and general violations of policy or procedure at the Marshals Service. ...
Science & Tech Spotlight: 5G Wireless [Reissued with revisions on Mar. 27, 2020.][back to top]
GAO-20-412SP: Published: Mar 26, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2020.
A 5G wireless network will move data faster: potentially 20 times faster than 4G. But it isn’t just for phones—it’s expected to facilitate tech that will transform industries and maybe people’s lives. By using more of the radio frequency spectrum, along with many other upgrades, 5G will support massive numbers of devices and provide near-instant network responses—enabling technologies l...
Released on March 26, 2020
Defense Nuclear Enterprise: Systems Face Sustainment Challenges, and Actions Are Needed to Effectively Monitor Efforts to Improve the Enterprise
GAO-20-296: Published: Mar 26, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2020.
DOD conducted several reviews of its nuclear forces. We looked at DOD’s progress in implementing recommendations from those reviews. We found that DOD has implemented some recommendations but doesn’t keep information on its progress current and complete, e.g., expected completion dates aren’t updated for items that are behind schedule. We made recommendations to help DOD better track its pr...
Drug Misuse: Sustained National Efforts Are Necessary for Prevention, Response, and Recovery
GAO-20-474: Published: Mar 26, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2020.
Drug misuse—using illicit drugs or misusing prescription drugs—is a serious public health issue in the United States. National rates of drug misuse rose from 15% in 2003 to 19% in 2018. We are adding drug misuse to our High Risk List in 2021 to encourage progress. Our High Risk List covers areas in need of transformation, or at high risk from fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Federal a...
Military Housing: DOD Needs to Strengthen Oversight and Clarify Its Role in the Management of Privatized Housing
GAO-20-281: Published: Mar 26, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2020.
Private-sector companies build, renovate, and maintain about 99% of family housing at military bases in the United States. However, with reports of hazards like mold and pest infestations, there are concerns about how well DOD monitors the condition of this housing. Military departments have increased their monitoring of privatized housing conditions, but we found they don’t have reliable data...
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for FY 2019[back to top]
GAO-20-469R: Published: Mar 26, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2020.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is a federally funded, nonprofit corporation that was established to fund and evaluate research aimed at helping patients, doctors, and policymakers make better health care decisions. PCORI is required to have its financial statements audited annually, and we're required to review those audits. PCORI's auditor issued an unmodified (clean) opinion o...
Released on March 25, 2020
Aviation: FAA Needs to Better Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Fraud and Abuse Risks in Aircraft Registration[back to top]
GAO-20-164: Published: Mar 25, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2020.
The Federal Aviation Administration manages the U.S. aircraft registry, which maintains information on about 300,000 civil aircraft. Accurate registry information can help investigators combat illegal activities such as drug trafficking or purchasing an aircraft as part of a money laundering scheme. We found FAA generally relies on self-certification and doesn’t verify key information such as a...
Released on March 24, 2020
Navy Shipbuilding: Increasing Focus on Sustainment Early in the Acquisition Process Could Save Billions[back to top]
GAO-20-2: Published: Mar 24, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2020.
About 70% of a ship’s lifecycle costs are operations and maintenance costs. Maintaining the Navy’s new ships will cost $130 billion more than planned. We investigated every class of ships the Navy recently built and found 150 examples of systemic maintenance problems. Sailors showed us things like failed engines, faulty electronics, and clogged toilets. These problems might have been preven...
Released on March 23, 2020
Intergovernmental Issues: Key Trends and Issues Regarding State and Local Sector Finances
GAO-20-437: Published: Mar 23, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2020.
We examined state and local government spending and revenue trends. From 1998–2018, state and local government spending increased by about $1.1 trillion to about $2.8 trillion. Revenues increased by about $1 trillion, to about $2.6 trillion. Health spending had the largest increase, rising to 24% of all spending in 2018 Federal grants were the fastest growing source of revenue We also gathere...
National Transportation Safety Board: More Detail Could Increase the Understanding of Selections for the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements [Reissued with revisions on Mar. 19, 2020.][back to top]
GAO-20-395: Published: Mar 18, 2020. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2020.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued its 2019 “Top 10 Most Wanted Safety Improvements” to help prevent accidents and save lives. But how did NTSB choose these particular issues? NTSB had a systematic method to determine what makes the list, but in some cases, it’s unclear how they used their criteria to make the selections. If advocacy groups, industry associations and others don...