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Children exposed to lead can experience serious developmental delays. Many young children spend significant amounts of time in child care settings, including Head Start centers.
We conducted a nationally-representative survey of Head Start centers.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Q: How does the government help keep banks, water systems, and other critical infrastructure from getting hacked?
A: A federal agency that issues standards and procedures—NIST—has a cybersecurity framework that critical infrastructure organizations can adopt.
Federal agencies are increasingly using cloud computing services. Cloud computing offers benefits but also poses cybersecurity risks. OMB requires agencies to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to authorize their use of cloud services.
What GAO Found Most of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors took action to facilitate adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity by entities within their sectors.
GAO reviewed five regulatory agencies' efforts to implement the provisions of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993, focusing on the: (1) five agencies' strategic goals and related program performance measures as well as selected employee performance standards as of January 1, 1997;...