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Open Recommendations

Evidence-Based Policymaking: Survey Data Identify Opportunities to Strengthen Capacity across Federal Agencies

GAO-21-536
Jul 27, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Management and Budget The Director of the Office of Management and Budget should work with the Office of Personnel Management and relevant interagency councils to leverage our survey results as an additional source of information to inform efforts to enhance evidence-building capacity across the federal government and at individual agencies, as appropriate. This could include using our survey results to help identify promising practices at certain agencies and address challenges at others. Results could also be used to help identify cross-cutting capacity issues affecting multiple agencies, and prioritize actions to address them. (Recommendation 1)
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Federal Contracting: Senior Leaders Should Use Leading Companies' Key Practices to Improve Performance

GAO-21-491
Jul 27, 2021
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11 Open Recommendations
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Contracting) collaborates with end users to develop performance metrics for procurement organizations. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement) collaborates with end users to develop performance metrics for procurement organizations. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Procurement) collaborates with end users to develop performance metrics for procurement organizations. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the DHS Chief Procurement Officer collaborates with end users to develop performance metrics for procurement organizations. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure the VA Senior Procurement Executive (SPE) collaborates with end users to develop performance metrics for procurement organizations. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Contracting) uses a balanced set of performance metrics to manage the department's procurement organizations, including outcome-oriented metrics to measure (a) timeliness of deliveries, (b) quality of deliverables, and (c) end-user satisfaction. (Recommendation 6)
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2020 Census: Office Managers' Perspectives on Recent Operations Would Strengthen Planning for 2030

GAO-21-104071
Jul 27, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau should use relevant data from our 2020 survey of area census office managers to inform planning decisions for the 2030 Census. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau should collect and consider perspectives of selected former area census office managers on future design options and their implementation and use them as formal input to the planning of the 2030 Decennial Census. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau should develop and document a plan to address our long-standing recommendation that the Bureau develop mechanisms to increase coordination and communication between the partnership program and census office staff. (Recommendation 3)
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COVID-19 Contracting: Actions Needed to Enhance Transparency and Oversight of Selected Awards

GAO-21-501
Jul 26, 2021
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14 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events and the associated dollars obligated. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events and the associated dollars obligated. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events and the associated dollars obligated. (Recommendation 3)
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General Services Administration The Administrator of the General Services Administration—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events and the associated dollars obligated. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Homeland Security Until a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events is implemented, the Secretary of Homeland Security should update Department of Homeland Security guidance to clarify how other transaction agreements awarded in response to COVID-19 should be designated when reporting in the other transaction agreement module of the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to track the consortium members performing for each other transaction agreement awarded through a consortium or consortium management firm. (Recommendation 6)
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