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As of January 29, 2023, there are 4847 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 473 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

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Clean Water Act: EPA Should Track Control of Combined Sewer Overflows and Water Quality Improvements

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Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should develop a performance goal and measure(s) to track and assess the status of long-term control plans or other control plans for municipalities with CSOs. (Recommendation 1)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should develop a performance goal and measures to track and assess the improvements to water quality resulting from CSO controls implemented by municipalities with CSOs. (Recommendation 2)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should report on nationwide progress and results of municipalities' efforts to control CSOs. (Recommendation 3)
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Federal Energy and Water Management: Agencies Report Mixed Success in Meeting Efficiency Requirements, and Additional Data Are Needed

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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should update the Compliance Tracking System to track performance toward meeting the requirement in DOE's guidance to enter water use data into a benchmarking system for buildings that are metered for water use. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should update the Compliance Tracking System to track performance toward meeting the requirement in DOE's guidance to follow up on implemented energy and water efficiency and conservation measures within DOE's required 4-year time frame. (Recommendation 2)
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Pipeline Safety: Fully Implementing Key Practices Could Help Improve Transparency of Enforcement Website

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration The Administrator of PHMSA should update PHMSA's Enforcement Transparency website to provide complete, machine-readable data that can be downloaded in bulk and in selected subsets. (Recommendation 1)
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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration The Administrator of PHMSA should update PHMSA's enforcement data to be interoperable with other relevant datasets, such as PHMSA's accident-incident dataset (e.g., by adding a unique identifier variable.) (Recommendation 2)
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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration The Administrator of PHMSA should update PHMSA's Enforcement Transparency website to provide a search function that allows users to find relevant information, which could include the ability to search by the regulation violated. (Recommendation 3)
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Offshore Oil and Gas: Strategy Urgently Needed to Address Cybersecurity Risks to Infrastructure

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Other The BSEE Director should immediately develop and implement a strategy to guide the development of its most recent cybersecurity initiative; such a strategy should include (1) a risk assessment; (2) objectives, activities, and performance measures; (3) roles, responsibilities, and coordination; and (4) identification of needed resources and investments. (Recommendation 1)
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Working Dogs: Federal Agencies Need to Better Address Health and Welfare

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct all of the Department of Justice's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 1)
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National Railroad Passenger Corporation The Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak should direct the Amtrak Police to revise its policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct all of the Department of Agriculture's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should, through the Secretary of the Air Force as the executive agent for the Military Working Dog Program, direct all of the Department of Defense's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Energy The Secretary of Energy should direct all of the Department of Energy's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the National Institute of Health Police to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 6)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should direct all of the Department of Homeland Security's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 7)
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Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct all of the Department of the Interior's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 8)
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Tennessee Valley Authority The Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority should direct the Tennessee Valley Authority Police to revise the agency's policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 9)
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Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct all of the Department of Justice's agencies with contractor-managed working dog programs to ensure that all 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs are addressed, as appropriate, in future contracts. (Recommendation 10)
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should direct all of the Department of Commerce's agencies with contractor-managed working dog programs to ensure that all 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs are addressed, as appropriate, in future contracts. (Recommendation 11)
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