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As of March 2020, nonfederal pay (e.g., for state and local government and private sector workers) was on average 23% higher than federal pay for similar jobs, despite pay equity efforts. One such effort was to increase federal pay in specific areas of the U.S.
The federal government faces a severe shortage of digital expertise in fields such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. A recent report urged establishing a new service academy—similar to the military academies—to train future digital civil servants.
To promote transparency in federal government spending, the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget are responsible for ensuring that federal spending information reported by federal agencies and published on USAspending.gov is accurate and complete.
From January 2017 until they were revoked in January 2021, a series of deregulatory executive orders required agencies to reduce federal regulations and overall regulatory costs.
We reviewed five agencies that collectively implemented more than half of the deregulation.
To alert the audit community to changes in professional standards, we periodically issue Professional Standards Updates (PSU). These updates highlight the effective dates and issuance of recent standards and guidance related to engagements conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.
The CARES Act mandates that we monitor the federal government's pandemic response. We reviewed federal agencies' plans for workers to reenter the workplace safely.
Agencies drafted workplace reentry plans shortly after most civilian feds shifted to telework.
We testified about the wide range of services we provide to Congress, how they have evolved, and how the agency is positioned for the future.
GAO began in 1921 reviewing payments and conducting financial reviews.
Telework is essential to the continuity of federal operations in emergencies—but it also brings added cybersecurity risks. We examined federal agencies' preparedness to support expanded telework during the COVID-19 pandemic.