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We found that the Departments of the Interior and Treasury faced challenges distributing over $8 billion in certain CARES Act funds for tribes.
Also, Treasury's formula for allocating some of the funds used certain population data without consulting with tribes about the data's limitations.
As part of our role in helping Congress to oversee its own funds, we performed certain procedures that were requested on behalf of the Secretary of the Senate. We independently counted the cash and noncash items (e.g., cashed checks) in the Senate Disbursing Office on Aug. 10.
Many federal agencies like the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration rely, in part, on user fees. In FY 2019, federal agencies collected over $100 billion in fees dedicated to specific purposes like park maintenance and airport improvements.
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.
The Department of Defense received $500 million for a working capital fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) used the funding to help respond to a surge in demand for medical supplies from both DOD and non-DOD customers.
The Department of Defense started 11 of the last 12 fiscal years under a continuing resolution, which provides temporary funding for federal agencies when Congress hasn't enacted regular appropriations by the start of the fiscal year.
Buying buildings can be a better deal than leasing—but federal agencies may not have the funds to buy up front. For example, the General Services Administration leased a headquarters building for the Department of Transportation for 14 years before DOT could afford to buy.
The federal response to COVID-19 led to unprecedented spending. Treasury quickly sold securities to raise $3.8 trillion. Meanwhile, Treasury increased its cash-on-hand to over $1 trillion to help deal with the uncertainty around federal pandemic-related spending.