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Released on May 23, 2019
Advanced Manufacturing: Innovation Institutes Have Demonstrated Initial Accomplishments, but Challenges Remain in Measuring Performance and Ensuring Sustainability
GAO-19-409: Published: May 23, 2019. Publicly Released: May 23, 2019.
The Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy have together spent $1 billion to establish 14 institutes that develop advanced manufacturing capabilities. Most of the institutes are operating under an initial 5- to 7-year period of federal financial assistance. These institutes expect possible negative consequences once this initial assistance ends. For example, they may need to focus on short-...
Commercial Space Transportation: Improvements to FAA's Workforce Planning Needed to Prepare for the Industry's Anticipated Growth
GAO-19-437: Published: May 23, 2019. Publicly Released: May 23, 2019.
Demand for commercial space launches, which send satellites into orbit for government and private customers, is expected to increase in the coming years. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation oversees the commercial space transportation industry. However, we found that the office doesn’t project its workload beyond a 2-year budget cycle, which means t...
Export-Import Bank: EXIM Should Explore Using Available Data to Identify Applicants with Delinquent Federal Debt[back to top]
GAO-19-337: Published: May 23, 2019. Publicly Released: May 23, 2019.
The Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of the United States provides financing to support U.S. jobs and companies selling U.S. goods and services abroad. EXIM requires companies applying for certain financing to self-certify that they do not have delinquent federal debt. Financial pressures that stem from such debt can tempt companies to fraudulently apply for financing. However, after analyzing federal...
Released on May 22, 2019
Children Affected by Trauma: Selected States Report Various Approaches and Challenges to Supporting Children
GAO-19-388: Published: Apr 24, 2019. Publicly Released: May 22, 2019.
Trauma is a widespread, harmful, and costly public health problem, and is especially detrimental to children. Any frightening, dangerous, or violent event that threatens a child or their loved ones may be traumatic. While not every child suffers lasting effects, trauma significantly increases the risk of mental health and other problems. Among other things, we interviewed and surveyed officials i...
U.S. Secret Service: Further Actions Needed to Fully Address Protective Mission Panel Recommendations
GAO-19-415: Published: May 22, 2019. Publicly Released: May 22, 2019.
After an intruder ran past Secret Service personnel and entered the White House in 2014, an independent review panel found that this incident arose from a “catastrophic failure of training" in the Secret Service. We found that the Secret Service implemented 11 of this panel's recommendations, but has yet to fully address the remaining 8. For example, the panel recommended that certain Secret Se...
VA Health IT: Use of Acquisition Best Practices Can Improve Efforts to Implement a System to Support the Family Caregiver Program
GAO-19-581T: Published: May 22, 2019. Publicly Released: May 22, 2019.
The Veterans Administration established the Family Caregiver Program in 2011 to help families provide care to seriously injured veterans. It developed an IT system to help it run this program but the system has many problems. We reported on these problems in 2014. For example, the system does not provide VA with data that would enable the agency to monitor how the Family Caregiver Program affects...
Veterans Affairs: Sustained Leadership Needed to Address High-Risk Issues[back to top]
GAO-19-571T: Published: May 22, 2019. Publicly Released: May 22, 2019.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is in need of transformation and should address longstanding management challenges that we currently highlight on our High Risk List. Since 2000, we have made more than 1,200 recommendations to improve management and operations at VA, and VA has implemented approximately 70% of them. Implementing the remaining recommendations could significantly improve VA’s o...
Released on May 21, 2019
2019 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Billions in Financial Benefits
GAO-19-285SP: Published: May 21, 2019. Publicly Released: May 21, 2019.
Every year, we identify and report on federal agencies, programs, and initiatives with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities; and ways to reduce costs or enhance revenue. In our 9th annual report, we identify 98 new actions that Congress and executive branch agencies could take to improve operations across government. For example, better oversight of Medicaid spending could...
Congressional Award Foundation: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2018
GAO-19-472R: Published: May 21, 2019. Publicly Released: May 21, 2019.
The Congressional Award Foundation is a privately-funded charity established by Congress to recognize our nation’s youth for voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition or exploration. The Foundation is required to have its financial statements audited annually, and we're required to review those audits. The Foundation's auditor issued an unmodified (clean)...
Global Positioning System: Updated Schedule Assessment Could Help Decision Makers Address Likely Delays Related to New Ground Control System[back to top]
GAO-19-250: Published: May 21, 2019. Publicly Released: May 21, 2019.
Americans rely on the Global Positioning System daily. The Defense Department is working to upgrade the systems that make up GPS, including completing a critical new ground control system known as OCX. We found that the OCX upgrade—already delayed approximately 5 years—will likely be delayed further. At least 2 years of work remain. The OCX contractor has already used most of the extra time b...