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Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should develop and implement a comprehensive plan to better manage departmental initiatives related to automated vehicles. This plan should include leading principles such as goals, priorities, steps to achieve results, milestones, and performance measures to track progress. (Recommendation 1)
Agency: Department of Transportation Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In January 2020, DOT released Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies (AV 4.0), building on prior policies that DOT has identified as actions regarding its implementation of GAO's recommendation. Without a comprehensive plan, it continues to be unclear whether DOT is adequately tackling automated vehicle challenges.
Recommendation: To improve compliance with waiver policies, SSA should develop a timetable for implementing updates to its Debt Management System to: (a) Align system controls with SSA policy, so that waivers over $1,000 cannot be administratively waived. (b) Ensure that evidence supporting waiver decisions is sufficiently maintained to allow for subsequent monitoring and oversight.
Agency: Social Security Administration Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of June 2019, SSA reported that it continues to work on updating its Debt Management System and that it will release its waiver application by fiscal year 2020. According to SSA, this application will include controls to prevent users from administratively waiving overpayments that are over $1,000. We will close this recommendation once SSA has implemented these controls to prevent staff from improperly waiving debts.
Recommendation: To improve VA's efforts to effectively complete the development and implementation of VBMS, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should direct the Under Secretary for Benefits and the Chief Information Officer to develop an updated plan for VBMS that includes (1) a schedule for when VBA intends to complete development and implementation of the system, including capabilities that fully support disability claims, pension claims, and appeals processing and (2) the estimated cost to complete development and implementation of the system.
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurred with our recommendation calling for an updated plan for the Veterans Benefits Management System. However, as of July 2019, the department had not developed a plan that included a schedule for when the Veterans Benefits Administration intends to complete development and implementation of the system, as well as the estimated cost of doing so. More specifically, the department reported that the target completion date and costs for VBMS completion were unknown as the requirements for future development were still being defined.We will continue to monitor VA's actions in response to this recommendation.