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The Department of Veterans Affairs operates one of the largest health care systems in the country. It owned 5,625 buildings and leased 1,690 more in FY 2020 to help provide this care. VA has a growing maintenance backlog and estimated that it needs $22.6 billion to correct facility deficiencies.
Getting missile defense systems into the field to defend the U.S. and its allies from attacks is a high priority.
Traditionally, the Department of Defense allowed more flexibility in acquiring these systems.
The Election Assistance Commission was established in 2002 to serve as an information clearinghouse on election administration, among other things. It administered $400 million in grants to help states conduct elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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 the nation continues to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, recent increases in cases have hampered these efforts and created new challenges.
In our 8th comprehensive report, we found more ways to help the federal government address the pandemic and prepare for future emergencies.
The National Nuclear Security Administration in the Department of Energy is responsible for the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. NNSA relies on 7 contractors to manage and operate its 8 lab and production sites.