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Oil and Gas: Interior Should Strengthen Management of Key Data Systems Used to Oversee Development on Federal Lands

GAO-21-209
Jun 28, 2021
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6 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Bureau of Land Management The Director of BLM should consistently designate data stewards at relevant levels to ensure data are of known and sufficient quality. (Recommendation 1)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Chief Information Officer to develop a plan to address data-sharing challenges in the course of updating and modernizing key oil and gas data systems, including automating data sharing and adopting common identifiers for leases and operators. (Recommendation 2)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Bureau of Land Management The Director of BLM should develop training plans for key data systems that identify users and how they will be trained. (Recommendation 3)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Chief Information Officer to develop a process to ensure that program offices maintain requirementsrelated documentation supporting the development and management of requirements for future IT and data systems at BLM and ONRR. (Recommendation 4)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Bureau of Land Management The Director of BLM should define and document processes for developing and managing requirements for AFMSS II and MLRS in a manner consistent with existing or updated IT policies and guidance. (Recommendation 5)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Chief Information Officer to update Interior's Solution Development Lifecycle Guide or other relevant IT policies and guidance to address how program offices are to implement agile methodologies for the development of software. (Recommendation 6)
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In its comments on a draft of this report, Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Freedom of Information Act: Actions Needed to Improve Agency Compliance with Proactive Disclosure Requirements

GAO-21-254
Mar 17, 2021
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8 Open Recommendations
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Federal Aviation Administration The FAA Administrator should document proactive disclosure requirements and procedures to clearly establish roles and responsibilities for complying with the FOIA statute and DOT regulations. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The HUD Chief FOIA Officer should update HUD proactive disclosure policies, such as its standard operating procedures, to document current requirements, roles, and responsibilities for complying with the FOIA statute and HUD regulations. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The HUD Chief FOIA Officer should comply with proactive disclosure requirements, including identifying and electronically posting all records that have been released in response to a FOIA request and requested three or more times. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Federal Aviation Administration The FAA Administrator should track the number of proactive disclosures for all required categories and report this information in DOT's Annual FOIA Report. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The HUD Chief FOIA Officer should track the number of proactive disclosures and report this information in its Annual FOIA Report. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Veterans Health Administration The VA Under Secretary for Health should track the number of proactive disclosures for all required categories and report this information in VA's Annual FOIA Report. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Open Data: Agencies Need Guidance to Establish Comprehensive Data Inventories; Information on Their Progress is Limited

GAO-21-29
Oct 08, 2020
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3 Open Recommendations
2 Priority
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Management and Budget
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of OMB should comply with its statutory requirement to issue implementation guidance to agencies to develop and maintain comprehensive data inventories. (Recommendation 1)
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OMB did not comment on this recommendation. OMB needs to comply with its statutory requirements in the OPEN Government DATA Act by issuing guidance to agencies regarding comprehensive data inventories . As of April 2021, OMB had not taken action on this recommendation.
Office of Management and Budget
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of OMB should comply with the statutory requirement to electronically publish a report on agencies' performance and compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act. (Recommendation 2)
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OMB did not comment on this recommendation. OMB needs to comply with its statutory requirements in the OPEN Government DATA Act by electronically publishing a report on agency performance and compliance with the act. As of April 2021, OMB had not taken action on this recommendation.
Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB, in collaboration with the Administrator of GSA, should establish policy to ensure the routine identification and correction of errors in electronically published performance information. (Recommendation 3)
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GSA concurred with this recommendation and OMB did not comment on this recommendation. In January 2021, GSA officials told us that they have not received any guidance from OMB on making improvements to the dashboard used to electronically track agency progress towards meeting their OPEN Government Data Act requirements. As a result, they don't anticipate making any improvements to the dashboard until OMB places a renewed focus on meeting the requirements of the OPEN Government Data Act.

Coast Guard: Actions Needed to Ensure Investments in Key Data System Meet Mission and User Needs

GAO-20-562
Jul 16, 2020
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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure that the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support assesses and addresses the causes of data errors and inconsistent entries in MISLE as identified by program offices and MISLE users, including reviewing MISLE training and data validation processes. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Homeland Security concurred with this recommendation and said that it will assess the data errors and inconsistencies reported by program offices and users to address the cause of both in the short-term, or as a long-term strategy for correction. As of January 2021, the Coast Guard reported it had completed a review of data errors and inconsistencies reported by program offices. According to the Coast Guard, it has submitted for preliminary review by the Non-Major Acquisition Oversight Council a MISLE function designed to merge duplicate records. The Coast Guard said that it will reassess data errors and inconsistent entries following completion of the MISLE Merge initiative. The estimated date of completion is December 31, 2021.
United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure that the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support uses the results of its 2019 Standardization Team assessment of command centers to develop a plan for improving the consistency and accuracy of MISLE data identified in its report. (Recommendation 2)
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The Department of Homeland Security concurred with this recommendation and said that MISLE program managers are reviewing the standardization team's assessment and recommendations for MISLE improvements. As of January 2021, the Coast Guard reported that a Coast Guard Mission Case Management Integrated Product Team is developing a capabilities-based analysis and requirements document for a potential MISLE replacement, to be completed in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, respectively. The Coast Guard said that it is too early in the process to provide an estimated completion date.
United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure that the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support and the Deputy Commandant for Operations use the processes outlined in the SELC to identify needed enhancements across the MISLE system by developing an updated mission needs statement. (Recommendation 3)
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The Department of Homeland Security concurred with this recommendation and determined in May 2020 that MISLE needs to be replaced. The Coast Guard said that it also established an integrated product team to analyze and document the capability gaps, mission needs, and operational requirements for a case management system to replace MISLE. The team's initial effort is focused on preparing a capabilities-based analysis to provide a comprehensive list of case types, current capabilities, and needs across the wide range of Coast Guard missions and mission support activities. The assessment will provide the foundation for work on a capabilities analysis report and mission needs statement. According to the Coast Guard, the assessment is scheduled for completion in March 2021, and will also determine next steps in the development process, the earliest of which could be completed by August 2021.
United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure that the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support and the Deputy Commandant for Operations use the processes outlined in the SELC to identify and analyze alternatives, and objectively select the preferred solution for MISLE to meet approved mission needs. (Recommendation 4)
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The Coast Guard concurred with this recommendation and determined in May 2020 that MISLE needs to be replaced. The Coast Guard said that it also established an integrated product team to analyze and document the capability gaps, mission needs, and operational requirements for a case management system to replace MISLE. The team's initial effort is focused on preparing a capabilities-based analysis to provide a comprehensive list of case types, current capabilities, and needs across the wide range of Coast Guard missions and mission support activities. The assessment will provide the foundation for work on capabilities analysis report and the mission needs statement, and is scheduled for completion in March 2021. According to the Coast Guard, the assessment will also determine next steps in the development process, which includes work on an analysis of alternatives. The Coast Guard said that the earliest estimated date of completion for an analysis of alternatives is December 2021, which will determine the Coast Guard's next step in finding a solution to replace MISLE. The Coast Guard said that, as a result, it is too early to estimate when it can fully implement the recommendation.
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