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 September 17, 2021, there are 4681 open recommendations, of which 493 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services: Evaluating COVID-19 Response Could Help CMS Prepare for Future Emergencies

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The CMS Administrator should develop procedures to monitor temporary changes to Medicaid HCBS programs during public health emergencies. This should include procedures for collecting and analyzing data during emergencies on the effects of these changes. (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.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The CMS Administrator should evaluate the temporary changes to Medicaid HCBS programs after the COVID-19 emergency and develop corrective action plans to address any opportunities for improvement it identifies. (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.

USDA Food Box Program: Key Information and Opportunities to Better Assess Performance

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should take steps to apply the lesson learned from the Food Box Program regarding collecting and analyzing data to assess program goals to current and future emergency food assistance programs. (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.

COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts

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Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should issue guidance for EOIR staff and visitors on mask-wearing requirements that is tailored to immigration courtrooms. (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.

Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should update EOIR's internal guidance for responding to COVID-19 exposures in immigration courts to reflect current processes and criteria used in decision-making. (Recommendation 2)
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Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should distribute the updated internal guidance on responding to COVID-19 exposures in immigration courts to all staff at EOIR headquarters and immigration courts. (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.

Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should take additional steps to ensure that the agency regularly engages with court stakeholders about matters affecting court operations and their health and safety. (Recommendation 4)
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Federal Debt Management: Treasury Quickly Financed Historic Government Response to the Pandemic and is assessing Risks to Market Functioning

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Department of the Treasury The Secretary of the Treasury should clarify the department's policy for managing the operating cash balance to include all relevant factors it considers when determining the appropriate cash balance and communicate the policy to the public. (Recommendation 1)
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Treasury agreed with our recommendation and said it would work to improve transparency and implement the recommendation. We are monitoring Treasury's debt management actions and communications and will provide updates as they are available.

Biodefense: After-Action Findings and COVID-19 Response Revealed Opportunities to Strengthen Preparedness

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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security, should, with input from key nonfederal partners, work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team defines the set of capabilities needed to prepare for and respond to nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Defense The Secretary of Defense, should, with input from key nonfederal partners, work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team defines the set of capabilities needed to prepare for and respond to nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services, should, with input from key nonfederal partners, work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team defines the set of capabilities needed to prepare for and respond to nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture, should, with input from key nonfederal partners, work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team defines the set of capabilities needed to prepare for and respond to nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team establishes a process to periodically assess and communicate exercise priorities among the capabilities they identify to support nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Defense The Secretary of Defense should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team establishes a process to periodically assess and communicate exercise priorities among the capabilities they identify to support nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team establishes a process to periodically assess and communicate exercise priorities among the capabilities they identify to support nationally significant biological incidents. (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 Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team establishes a process to periodically assess and communicate exercise priorities among the capabilities they identify to support nationally significant biological incidents. (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.

Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team provides guidance for federal and nonfederal partners for how to report on capabilities in after-action reports for exercises and real-world incidents in a consistent manner. (Recommendation 9)
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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 Defense The Secretary of Defense should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team provides guidance for federal and nonfederal partners for how to report on capabilities in after-action reports for exercises and real-world incidents in a consistent manner. (Recommendation 10)
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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 Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team provides guidance for federal and nonfederal partners for how to report on capabilities in after-action reports for exercises and real-world incidents in a consistent manner. (Recommendation 11)
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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 Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team provides guidance for federal and nonfederal partners for how to report on capabilities in after-action reports for exercises and real-world incidents in a consistent manner. (Recommendation 12)
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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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