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As of January 28, 2023, there are 4847 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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Contested Information Environment: Actions Needed to Strengthen Education and Training for DOD Leaders

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the combatant commands and the military services, develops department-wide guidance about what content to include in its education and training efforts for decision-making in a contested information environment, as well as the type and frequency of such efforts necessary for leaders to develop skills in this area. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the combatant commands, and the military services, conducts an assessment and comprehensively reviews related component assessments of the resources necessary to meet current needs for educating and training leaders to make decisions in a contested information environment. The assessment should also identify modifications, if any, needed to improve the results of future education and training efforts to increase the preparedness of DOD's leaders to make such decisions. (Recommendation 2)
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Drones: FAA Should Improve Its Approach to Integrating Drones into the National Airspace System

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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Aviation Administration The Administrator of FAA should develop a drone integration strategy that includes all seven elements of a comprehensive strategy. (Recommendation 1)
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Federal Aviation Administration The Administrator of FAA should evaluate its current documentation to identify options to more clearly communicate how applicants can satisfy drone operational request requirements, and communicate FAA's internal process for reviewing and approving operational requests. (Recommendation 2)
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Federal Aviation Administration The Administrator of FAA should develop and document a formal lessons-learned process for its drone integration activities that includes all six key practices for a lessons-learned process. (Recommendation 3)
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Federal Aviation Administration The Administrator of FAA should implement the formal lessonslearned process it develops for its ongoing drone integration activities, including Part 107 waiver reviews and the BEYOND program. (Recommendation 4)
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Clean Water Act: EPA Should Track Control of Combined Sewer Overflows and Water Quality Improvements

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should develop a performance goal and measure(s) to track and assess the status of long-term control plans or other control plans for municipalities with CSOs. (Recommendation 1)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should develop a performance goal and measures to track and assess the improvements to water quality resulting from CSO controls implemented by municipalities with CSOs. (Recommendation 2)
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Environmental Protection Agency The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water should report on nationwide progress and results of municipalities' efforts to control CSOs. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Energy Contracting: Additional Actions Could Further Strengthen Competition

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National Nuclear Security Administration The Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Partnership and Acquisition Services should hold periodic meetings to share information with industry about how competitions are conducted and how offers are evaluated, including any changes in agency practices. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The Director of DOE's Office of Science should hold periodic meetings to share information with industry about how competitions are conducted and how offers are evaluated, including any changes in agency practices. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Energy The Assistant Secretary for EM should use structured mechanisms for soliciting information on how entities decide whether to submit an offer for a solicitation, such as through periodic reverse industry day events. (Recommendation 3)
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National Nuclear Security Administration The Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Partnership and Acquisition Services should use structured mechanisms for soliciting information on how entities decide whether to submit an offer for a solicitation, such as through periodic reverse industry day events. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Energy The Director of DOE's Office of Science should use structured mechanisms for soliciting information on how entities decide whether to submit an offer for a solicitation, such as through periodic reverse industry day events. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Energy The Director of DOE's Office of Acquisition Management should determine whether using structured mechanisms for soliciting industry feedback on entities' offer decisions, such as through periodic reverse industry day events, would be appropriate for smaller DOE offices with fewer large competitions. Depending on that determination, DOE's Office of Acquisition Management should share information with those offices as appropriate. (Recommendation 6)
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National Nuclear Security Administration The Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Partnership and Acquisition Services should document the types of scoping alternatives that contracting officials should consider as part of acquisition planning for M&O contracts and how to take into account a competition's goals when considering alternatives. (Recommendation 7)
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Department of Energy The Director of DOE's Office of Science should document the types of scoping alternatives that contracting officials should consider as part of acquisition planning for M&O contracts and how to take into account a competition's goals when considering alternatives. (Recommendation 8)
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Columbia Class Submarine: Program Lacks Essential Schedule Insight amid Continuing Construction Challenges

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy, in coordination with the program office, should seek to obtain lead and follow-on Columbia class construction schedule information in the shipbuilder's native file format or other format that is compatible with government scheduling software. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that OUSD(R&E) conducts a schedule risk analysis of the lead Columbia submarine's construction schedule to inform the first in-progress program review of 2023, and provide the results to the program office. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the program office uses the schedule risk analysis from OUSD(R&E), once provided, to update plans for the lead submarine's delivery, as appropriate, and mitigate any identified risks, as appropriate. (Recommendation 3)
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