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Open Recommendations

Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Requirements for Managing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

GAO-21-413
Jun 30, 2021
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21 Open Recommendations
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure the SBIR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 1)
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The Administrator of NOAA should ensure that the SBIR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program has, and communicates, a policy for reporting suspected, fraud, waste, or abuse to the Army Office of Inspector General or other designated authorities. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program provides information on its program website on how to report suspected fraud, waste, and abuse to the Army Office of Inspector General or other designated authorities. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR and STTR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the SBIR/STTR program tracks referrals to the Office of Inspector General or Naval Criminal Investigative Service. (Recommendation 6)
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Biodefense: DHS Exploring New Methods to Replace BioWatch and Could Benefit from Additional Guidance

GAO-21-292
May 20, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the BD21 program office clarifies in its acquisition documentation before the ADE 2A decision point the intention of the situational awareness and common operating picture capability identified as a gap, including the specific functionality, sources of information, and distinction from existing common operating picture functions at DHS. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure DHS fully incorporate the best practices outlined in GAO's TRA best practice guide in DHS's TRA/MRA guide to ensure that its acquisition projects have the best practices for conducting high-quality TRAs. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the BD21 program conducts high-quality TRAs of all critical technologies for BD21 before the ADE 2A decision and before the ADE 2B decision (including a TRA of the overall system level interaction with the anomaly detection algorithm), in accordance with GAO's TRA best practice guide. (Recommendation 3)
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Federal Research Grants: OMB Should Take Steps to Establish the Research Policy Board

GAO-21-232R
Feb 03, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB should establish the Research Policy Board as mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act and report to Congress on the Board's activities. (Recommendation 1)
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Congress Congress should consider extending the period of authorization for the Research Policy Board, giving OMB additional time to establish the Research Policy Board and complete its statutory mission under the 21st Century Cures Act. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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Department of Energy: Improved Performance Planning Could Strengthen Technology Transfer

GAO-21-202
Feb 01, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Department of Energy The Director of OTT should assess whether researchers at the national labs, sites, and plants have the skills necessary to effectively identify and collaborate with technology transfer partners, and should provide training to address any skill gaps. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The Director of OTT should develop objective, quantifiable, and measurable performance goals as appropriate, and a limited number of related performance measures or milestones, to assess progress toward the objectives in its technology transfer execution plan and signal priorities. (Recommendation 2)
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