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President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: State Has Taken Actions to Address Coordination Challenges, but Staffing Challenges Persist

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The U.S. Global Aids Coordinator should develop a strategic workforce planning process to identify and address the underlying causes for persistent staffing vacancies in S/GAC headquarters and country teams. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The U.S. Global Aids Coordinator should work with USAID to ensure that State's funding pipeline policies are compatible for PEPFAR activities and that adequate pipeline funds are available to implementing agencies so that these activities can continue in case of funding delays. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Northern Triangle: DOD and State Need Improved Policies to Address Equipment Misuse

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that the guidance the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is developing for its internal end-use violations tracking document outlines how to record and track alleged incidents of misuse of U.S.-provided equipment. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Working Dogs: Federal Agencies Need to Better Address Health and Welfare

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should direct all of the Department of State's bureaus 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 17)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Bureau of Political and Military Affairs to ensure that the standards for working dogs provided to foreign partners address, as appropriate, all 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 19)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should establish a time frame for incorporating privacy into an organization-wide risk management strategy that includes a determination of risk tolerance, and develop and document this strategy. (Recommendation 30)
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The Department of State concurred with our recommendation and described plans under way to address it. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Department of State The Secretary of State should establish a time frames for fully defining and the role of the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official in reviewing and approving system categorizations, overseeing privacy control assessments, and reviewing authorization packages, and document these roles. (Recommendation 31)
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The Department of State concurred with our recommendation and described plans under way to address it. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Department of State The Secretary of State should establish a time frame for fully developing a privacy continuous monitoring strategy, and develop and document this strategy. (Recommendation 32)
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The Department of State concurred with our recommendation and described plans under way to address it. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

State Department: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the Office of Diversity and Inclusion establish performance measures for State's DEIA-related goals and objectives in the workplace and develop a process to evaluate progress. (Recommendation 1)
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State concurred with this recommendation and stated that the Department has formed an implementation team, led by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to oversee progress and establish performance measures for its new DEIA Strategic Plan. We will continue to monitor State's progress on implementing this recommendation.

Department of State The Secretary of State should develop and implement additional actions to enhance accountability for workplace DEIA goals, including for managers and supervisors, such as analyzing the effectiveness of accountability mechanisms. (Recommendation 2)
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State concurred with this recommendation and stated that it will implement its updated Civil Service performance management system Department-wide, which will include DEIA-specific competency requirements, among other things. We will continue to monitor State's progress on implementing this recommendation.

Department of State The Secretary of State should create a plan to improve State's barrier analysis process that ensures all steps of the process are followed. (Recommendation 3)
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State concurred with this recommendation and stated that the Department's DEIA Data Working Group is undertaking a new series of rigorous barrier analyses, among other things. We will continue to monitor State's progress on implementing this recommendation.

Department of State The Secretary of State should improve the department's statistical methodology to ensure it is appropriate for identifying potential barriers to diversity. (Recommendation 4)
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State concurred with this recommendation and stated that the Department continues to mature and improve its statistical methodology for the quantitative aspect of barrier analyses. We will continue to monitor State's progress on implementing this recommendation.

State Department: Additional Actions Needed to Address IT Workforce Challenges

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8 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to ensure that the IT workforce planning processes and documents in development are completed and updated regularly for the Civil Service. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to ensure that the IT workforce planning processes and documents in development are completed and updated regularly for the Foreign Service. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to update State's domestic competency and staffing monitoring tools and incorporate the results of these tools in updated workforce planning documents. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to update State's overseas competency and staffing monitoring tools, incorporating the results of these tools in updated workforce planning documents. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to develop a plan, including performance indicators, baselines, milestones, and targets, to monitor the progress of the department's IT recruitment programs and processes. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to ensure that relevant data related to IT recruitment activities are accurate and available to facilitate decision-making and enable the department to monitor and evaluate its performance in meeting its IT human capital goals. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to consider expanding the number of Foreign Service IT positions that are available to external applicants year-round. (Recommendation 7)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Under Secretary for Management to consider expanding the number of Civil Service IT positions that are available to external applicants year-round. (Recommendation 8)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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