Recommendations Database

GAO’s recommendations database contains report recommendations that still need to be addressed. GAO’s priority recommendations are those that we believe warrant priority attention. We sent letters to the heads of key departments and agencies, urging them to continue focusing on these issues. Below you can search only priority recommendations, or search all recommendations.

Our recommendations help congressional and agency leaders prepare for appropriations and oversight activities, as well as help improve government operations. Moreover, when implemented, some of our priority recommendations can save large amounts of money, help Congress make decisions on major issues, and substantially improve or transform major government programs or agencies, among other benefits.

As of December 7, 2021, there are 4642 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

Search Open Recommendations

1 - 1 of 1 Recommendations
Download CSV Download XLS

Highway Emergency Relief: Federal Highway Administration Should Enhance Accountability over Project Decisions

1 Open Recommendations
1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Highway Administration
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Administrator of FHWA should require FHWA division offices to document the rationale for classifying projects as emergency repairs, such as a description of why an emergency repair is necessary and which alternative strategies or repairs were considered, and to more clearly define the circumstances under which projects are classified as emergency repairs, including what constitutes restoration of essential traffic. (Recommendation 1)

DOT concurred with our recommendation. In April 2021, DOT distributed a memorandum directing division offices to document the rationale for classifying projects as emergency repairs, along with the elements we recommended be included, and plans to incorporate this requirement in FHWA's primary guidance document-the Emergency Relief Manual-by March 2022. To fully implement our recommendation, FHWA should compete the revisions to the Emergency Repair Manual. This action would help ensure that emergency relief funds are being used for the purposes intended or put to the highest use. We will

Have a Question about a Recommendation?

For questions about a specific recommendation, contact the person or office listed with the recommendation. For general information about recommendations, contact GAO's Audit Policy and Quality Assurance office at (202) 512-6100 or