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Recommendation: In order to ensure that contracting officers have clear and effective policies as soon as possible, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should direct the OAL to identify measures to expedite the revision of the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR), which has been ongoing for many years, and the issuance of the VA Acquisition Manual.
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: VA concurred with this recommendation and has made progress in finalizing the update to its acquisition regulations and manual. In January 2020, VA reported that 25 of the 41 parts in its new acquisition regulations had been issued as draft or final rules. The remainder are at an earlier stage of the rulemaking process. VA also stated that it remains on track to release the final VA Acquisition Regulations in April 2021.
Recommendation: To help reduce facility costs and reliance on leased space, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the military departments to require that their departments look for opportunities to relocate DOD organizations in leased space to installations that may have underutilized space due to force structure reductions or other indicators of potentially available space, where such relocation is cost-effective and does not interfere with the installation's ongoing military mission.
Agency: Department of Defense Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In December 2015, DOD did not concur with our third recommendation, which was to look for opportunities to relocate DOD organizations in leased space to installations with available space. In its comments, DOD stated that its existing policy requires the effective and efficient use of DOD real property and current initiatives undertaken by each of the military departments and WHS reflect adherence to this policy. DOD further stated that-given that each of the military departments and WHS have implemented initiatives to reduce their dependence on leased space, especially where existing DOD assets may exist-an additional directive from the Secretary of Defense was not required. However, as of December 2017, a DOD official told us that DOD was pursuing an effort to consolidate and standardize leases. The initial focus was on 176 leased facilities within 35 miles of DOD-owned facilities that had underutilized or excess space, and are up for renewal over the next 5 years. According to the DOD official, this effort would develop criteria for reviewing these leases, including a cost-benefit analysis of whether it is feasible to relocate the function from leased space to existing space on an installation. Alternatively, if it is determined that the function cannot be moved, the DOD official stated that DOD would review whether to consolidate the lease to appropriately size the space to the function's requirement. Once this effort is completed, DOD may have opportunities to reduce its leased space at a DOD-wide level. As of March 2018, DOD identified this recommendation's status as "Closed Unresolved," i.e., DOD considers this recommendation to be "closed," but is aware that GAO considers this recommendation "open." GAO also considers this to be a priority recommendation. As of September 2018, the DOD official stated that the effort to consolidate leases was still underway.
Recommendation: As EPA and USDA continue to consider ways to track and promote water utilities' implementation of asset management, the Administrator of EPA should direct the Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water and Office of Wastewater Management to continue to include questions on water utilities' use of asset management in the clean water needs assessment and consider including questions about water utilities' use of asset management in future drinking water infrastructure needs assessment surveys.
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of January 2020, EPA is planning the next Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment that will begin in 2020. EPA officials said that they would work with industry and states to consider questions related to water utilities' use of asset management in the survey. EPA did not provide an update on the Clean Water Needs Survey. GAO will continue to review this recommendation.
Recommendation: The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security should direct FEMA to take steps to ensure that its rate-setting methods and the data it uses to set rates result in full-risk premiums rates that accurately reflect the risk of losses from flooding. These steps should include, for example, verifying the accuracy of flood probabilities, damage estimates, and flood maps; ensuring that the effects of long-term planned and ongoing development, as well as climate change, are reflected in the flood probabilities used; and reevaluating the practice of aggregating risks across zones.
Agency: Department of Homeland Security Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In April 2018, FEMA officials told us they had begun to redesign NFIP's risk rating system to help ensure policy rates better reflect the risk of flooding. The redesign, known as Risk Rating 2.0, includes efforts to use catastrophe models, stochastic approaches, and updated map information to better reflect the variation in flood risk. These reforms are also intended to improve how FEMA's rating process accounts for general and specific factors that affect flood probabilities and damage. While FEMA initially announced that new rates for all single-family homes would go into effect nationwide on October 1, 2020, it announced in November 2019 that it would defer implementation to October 1, 2021. FEMA said this would allow it to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the proposed rating structure so as to protect policyholders and minimize any unintentional negative effects of the transition, and that the new implementation date would cover all NFIP policies.