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We have issued 11 annual reports on federal programs with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities. In those reports, we suggested hundreds of ways to address those problems, reduce costs, or boost revenue. Our most recent report is from May 2021.
Recent advancements in facial recognition technology have increased its accuracy and its usage. Our earlier work has included examinations of its use by federal law enforcement, at ports of entry, and in commercial settings.
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.
The U.S. Postal Service has over 31,000 retail facilities—a network reaching into almost every community in the nation. As demand for some mail products has declined, USPS has been unable to cover its costs as it is required to do—putting it on our High Risk list.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a U.S territory in the Pacific. It has been exempt from some U.S. immigration and other laws, but is transitioning to the U.S. immigration system. We reviewed trends in its workforce and economy.
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The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has helped state and local election officials secure online voter registration systems, voting machines, and other election infrastructure since 2017.
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.
Did you know that GAO saved a record $214.7 billion for taxpayers in FY 2019? That's a return of about $338 for every dollar of our budget. We did it by recommending such things as preventing payment errors, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs, and preventing fraud.
The President has made numerous trips to his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has hosted foreign leaders and conducted other presidential duties.
We reviewed several aspects of security and expenses for personnel traveling with the President.
Federal Building Security: Actions Needed to Help Achieve Vision for Secure, Interoperable Physical Access Control
Efforts are underway to improve security with a government-wide approach to regulate access to controlled areas in federal buildings.