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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4842 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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COVID-19 Relief Funds: Lessons Learned Could Improve Future Distribution of Federal Emergency Relief to Tribal Recipients

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider, when seeking to provide tribes with emergency relief that it wants to be distributed as quickly as possible, providing this relief in a manner that enables agencies to distribute it through existing mechanisms and structures, such as self-determination contracts and self-governance compacts, as appropriate. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we identify what actions Congress has taken in response to this matter, we will provide updated information.

Paid Tax Return Preparers: IRS Efforts to Oversee Refundable Credits Help Protect Taxpayers but Additional Actions and Authority Are Needed

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should grant IRS the explicit authority to establish professional requirements for paid tax preparers. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Transforming Aviation: Congress Should Clarify Certain Tax Exemptions for Advanced Air Mobility

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider legislation to clarify how AAM aircraft should be defined for the purpose of exemptions related to taxes that fund the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF). This might include clarifying whether AATF excise tax exemptions should be determined in accordance with the take-off versus in-flight lift mechanism, creating new aircraft category types, further defining jet aircraft as it relates to newer technologies, or other approaches. (Matter for Consideration 1).
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Disaster Recovery: Actions Needed to Improve the Federal Approach

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider establishing an independent commission to recommend reforms to the federal government's approach to disaster recovery, which may include the options identified in this report. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what steps have been taken in response to this matter, we will provide updated information.

Remote Sales Tax: Federal Legislation Could Resolve Some Uncertainties and Improve Overall System

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider working with states to establish nationwide parameters for state taxation of remote sales. Such parameters should balance state interests with the need to address the multistate complexities discussed in this report. The parameters should improve the overall system's alignment with the criteria for a good tax system and help address existing uncertainties regarding what remote sales taxation is legally permissible by states and localities. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Financial Aid Offers: Action Needed to Improve Information on College Costs and Student Aid

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider legislation requiring colleges to provide all students offered federal student aid with financial aid offers containing clear and standard information that follow best practices. This could include requiring colleges to provide the College Financing Plan to all such students. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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We will monitor congressional activity to address this matter.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider legislation to designate a senior privacy official, such as a chief privacy officer, at agencies that currently lack such a position. This position should have privacy as its primary duty, the organizational placement necessary to coordinate with other agency functions and senior leaders, and the authority to ensure that privacy requirements are implemented and privacy concerns are elevated to the head of the agency.
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We will continue to monitor the status of this matter.

Deaths in Custody: Additional Action Needed to Help Ensure Data Collected by DOJ Are Utilized

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider the extent to which DCRA should be amended to help ensure that any future state data provided under the act are utilized for recurring study and reporting by DOJ to Congress and the public. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Chief Information Officers: Private Sector Practices Can Inform Government Roles

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider formalizing the Federal CIO position and establishing responsibilities and authorities for government-wide IT management. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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We will continue to reach out to Congress regarding this matter for consideration, and will add status information as we receive it.

Flood Mitigation: Actions Needed to Improve Use of FEMA Property Acquisitions

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider providing direction or authority to FEMA to implement one or more of the options identified in this report to address property acquisition challenges and enhance disaster resilience. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Federal Leadership Needed to Advance Research

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider directing FAA to develop and implement a strategy to identify and advance needed research on communicable diseases in air travel, in coordination with appropriate federal agencies, such as DHS and HHS, and external partners. In alignment with leading practices for interagency collaboration, this strategy should, at a minimum, clearly identify the roles and responsibilities for participating agencies, determine the resources needed, and document any relevant agreements. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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As of September 2022, legislation designed to address this issue has not been introduced into the 117th Session of Congress. When we confirm what action the Congress has taken in response to this matter, we will provide updated information.

Nuclear Waste Cleanup: DOE's Efforts to Manage Depleted Uranium Would Benefit from Clearer Legal Authorities

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider enacting legislation to clarify DOE's authority to sell depleted uranium, including any conditions connected to such sales. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Defense Commissaries: Actions Needed to Clarify Priorities and Improve Program Management

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider clarifying its direction to DeCA regarding the level of customer savings and related benefits it should seek to achieve and maintain as a benefit, using the tradeoff analysis provided by DeCA. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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We will monitor steps taken in response to this matter.

Air Force and Navy Aviation: Actions Needed to Address Persistent Sustainment Risks

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider amending section 4323 of Title 10, U.S. Code to require the Air Force and Navy to submit to Congress mitigation plans related to identified maintenance challenges and risks to aircraft availability found in sustainment reviews based on a specific sustainment threshold. Such thresholds could include aircraft falling below their mission capable rate goal for consecutive years; an aircraft's mission capable rate declining by a specified percentage; or some other sustainment metric or metrics. (Matter for Congressional Consideration 1)
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We are monitoring Congressional action that may address this suggestion.

Consumer Protection: Congress Should Consider Enhancing Protections around Scores Used to Rank Consumers

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Congress Congress should consider determining and implementing appropriate consumer protections for consumer scores beyond those currently afforded under existing federal laws. Among the issues that should be considered are the rights of consumers to view and correct data used in the creation of scores and to be informed of scores' uses and potential effects. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Tax Equity: Lack of Data Limits Ability to Analyze Effects of Tax Policies on Households by Demographic Characteristics

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider revising relevant laws, such as those in Titles 13 and 26, as appropriate, to facilitate interagency data sharing that would allow for more accurate, consistent, and systematic analyses of any effects of existing and proposed tax policies in relation to taxpayers' demographics in a secure manner that protects the confidentiality of those data. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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As of September 2022, Congress has taken no action on this matter.

Alaska Native Issues: Federal Agencies Could Enhance Support for Native Village Efforts to Address Environmental Threats

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider establishing an interagency and intergovernmental coordinating entity and requiring the relevant agencies to participate and engage in sustained coordination to strategically target federal investments to Alaska Native villages facing significant environmental threats. Congress should also consider directing the coordinating entity and its participating agencies to identify opportunities to streamline program delivery across federal agencies; assess the statutory program characteristics we identified that pose obstacles to Alaska Native villages' obtaining assistance, and identify any others; and submit a report to Congress with any recommendations for statutory changes to streamline program delivery and to address such obstacles. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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As of August 2022, we were not aware of Congress taking any action to address this Matter for Congressional Consideration.

Nuclear Waste: DOE Needs Greater Leadership Stability and Commitment to Accomplish Cleanup Mission

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider enacting legislation to establish a term appointment, with a term length sufficient to provide focused and sustained leadership, for the Assistant Secretary in DOE with responsibility for nuclear waste management under section 203(a)(8) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. § 7133(a)(8)), currently, the Assistant Secretary for the DOE Office of Environmental Management. (Matter for Congressional Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Congress Congress should consider enacting legislation to establish a new, dedicated DOE Under Secretary position for nuclear waste management and environmental cleanup. (Matter for Congressional Consideration 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

COVID-19: Current and Future Federal Preparedness Requires Fixes to Improve Health Data and Address Improper Payments

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Agency Recommendation Status
Congress Congress should consider providing the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to require states to report the data necessary for the Secretary to estimate and report on improper payments for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in accordance with 31 U.S.C. § 3352. See the Payment Integrity: COVID-19 Spending enclosure.
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No new legislation has been enacted as of August 2022 which would provide the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to require states to report the data necessary for the Secretary to estimate and report on improper payments for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

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