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.

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As of November 30, 2021, there are 4659 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Foreign Assistance: USAID Should Analyze Data on the Timeliness of Expenditures

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United States Agency for International Development
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The Administrator of USAID should analyze financial data on the timeliness of expenditures. (Recommendation 2)
Open

USAID agreed with this recommendation. As of March 2021, USAID officials stated that they are working on an implementation plan to address the recommendation and have a tentative completion date of June 30, 2021. We will continue to monitor USAID's progress in implementing this recommendation.

USAID: Mixed Progress in Increasing Diversity, and Actions Needed to Consistently Meet EEO Requirements

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United States Agency for International Development
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The USAID Administrator should ensure that OCRD consistently analyzes USAID workforce demographic data for trends and potential barriers to equal employment opportunity. (Recommendation 2)
Open

USAID concurred with GAO's recommendation, and has established an intra-agency barrier analysis working group to analyze triggers identified through the MD-715 reporting process. When USAID can demonstrate an ability to consistently analyze its workforce by completing its barrier analysis, we will close this recommendation.

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