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The General Services Administration developed an "online marketplace program" to make it easier for agencies to buy commercially available products, e.g., office supplies.
GSA started testing the program since our 2018 report, contracting with 3 online marketplace providers.
Many of the Social Security Administration's core IT systems are more than 30 years old. So, the agency is focusing its resources on IT modernization. The SSA started using an "Agile" approach for some of these projects in 2015. Agile is a modern, flexible approach to developing software.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness aims to coordinate federal efforts and partnerships to reduce and end homelessness. It consists of representatives from 19 federal agencies.
We examined the Council's ability to oversee its executive director and operations.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
3 federal agencies—the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the Bureau of Prisons—spent over $50 million in FY 2018 on warehouses, many of which contain property (like vehicles, furniture, and computers).
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.