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National Mediation Board: Additional Actions Needed to Fully Implement Prior GAO Recommendations and Improve Agency Management and Oversight

GAO-20-236
Feb 14, 2020
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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Mediation Board The Chairman of the NMB should document NMB's authorizations for its use of cloud services approved through FedRAMP and submit the authorizations to the FedRAMP Program Management Office. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Mediation Board The Chairman of the NMB should update NMB's security policies and procedures to include FedRAMP's authorization requirements. (Recommendation 2)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Mediation Board The Chairman of the NMB should develop a written plan to document NMB's process for reviewing and monitoring the agency's annual appropriation to ensure that funds are used effectively. (Recommendation 3)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
National Mediation Board The Chairman of the NMB should establish a process for the Board to effectively monitor and evaluate NMB's adherence to audit protocols and implementation of actions to address audit recommendations. (Recommendation 4)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Job Corps: Actions Needed to Improve Planning for Center Operation Contracts

GAO-19-326
Sep 09, 2019
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Employment and Training Administration The Assistant Secretary of ETA should develop, document, and implement a comprehensive strategy that (1) accounts for Job Corps' projected workload requirements and (2) considers its acquisition workforce needs—including the number of staff, skills, and other supports necessary to plan, award, and monitor Job Corps center contracts—to enable it to effectively plan for and competitively award future Job Corps center contracts. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

DOL stated that it will develop, document, and implement a comprehensive strategy that accounts for Job Corps' projected workload requirements and considers its acquisition workforce needs. DOL noted that it has released a new procurement plan which reflects its decision to re-procure 28 Job Corps centers prior to the final option year of their contract. DOL said that this action would result in each region having no more than five procurements each year, which it considers a manageable procurement workload for its current staffing level. We will consider closing the recommendation when such a comprehensive strategy is implemented.
Employment and Training Administration The Assistant Secretary of ETA should develop a coordinated and documented internal process to share relevant information on incentive fees paid to contractors with staff in its key offices. (Recommendation 2)
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Recommendation status is Open.

DOL stated that it would develop a written process for determining and awarding incentive fees to Job Corps contractors. We will consider closing the recommendation when this effort is complete.

Workforce Automation: Better Data Needed to Assess and Plan for Effects of Advanced Technologies on Jobs

GAO-19-257
Apr 08, 2019
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Labor The Secretary of Labor should direct the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to develop ways to use existing or new data collection efforts to identify and systematically track the workforce effects of advanced technologies. For example, the Secretary could select any of the following possibilities, or could identify others. <br>&#149; BLS could expand existing worker or firm surveys to ask respondents whether advanced technologies have resulted in worker displacements, work hour reductions, or substantial adjustments to work tasks. <br>&#149; BLS could expand its employment projections work to regularly identify occupations projected to change over time due to advanced technologies. <br>&#149; ETA could expand the O*NET data system to identify changes to skills, tasks, and tools associated with occupations, as the information is updated on its rotational basis, and consider how this could be used to track the spread of advanced technologies. <br>(Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

DOL agreed with this recommendation. DOL stated that it will continue coordinating with the Census Bureau on research activities in this area, and plans to identify and recommend data collection options to fill gaps in existing information about how the workplace is affected by new technologies, automation, and AI. DOL also stated that it plans to release employment projections annually instead of every 2 years, beginning in 2019. In May 2019, DOL reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics plans to conduct analyses and produce a final report with recommendations for data collection options in fiscal year 2020. DOL plans to report this to Congress and make the information publicly available on its website. DOL also reported that the Employment and Training Administration plans to initiate an internal study in fiscal year 2020 to test the feasibility of tracking changes over time in O*NET Technology Skills by occupation as a way to flag areas for further study related to the workforce effects of automation.

Employment and Training Programs: Department of Labor Should Assess Efforts to Coordinate Services Across Programs

GAO-19-200
Mar 28, 2019
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Labor The Secretary of DOL should develop and publish a multi-year strategic research plan for evaluation of its employment and training programs that includes assessing the completeness and results of efforts to coordinate among E&T programs to address overlap and fragmentation. In developing this plan, DOL should also consult with other federal agencies and key stakeholders on ways to address gaps in information on how multiple programs are serving the employment and training needs of specific populations, such as Native Americans, youth, and refugees. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

DOL agreed with this recommendation. The agency noted that it actively plans and makes public the research and evaluation topics for these evaluations, but it did not identify a timeline or measures it would take to augment these basic steps. DOL also stated that it will consult with stakeholders regarding the employment and training needs of specific populations. We will consider closing this recommendation when DOL completes these efforts.