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Small Business Research Programs: Reporting on Award Timeliness Could Be Enhanced

GAO-23-105591
Oct 12, 2022
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Small Business Administration The Administrator of the Small Business Administration should develop, document, and execute a plan to (1) identify actions that could improve timely publication of its annual report to Congress, and (2) implement the actions identified. (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.
Small Business Administration The Administrator of the Small Business Administration should add information on award timeliness to the public online award database. (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.

National Science Foundation: Better Reporting Could Give More Visibility into Gains in States' Research Competitiveness

GAO-22-105043
Aug 11, 2022
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Science Foundation The Director of the NSF should direct EPSCoR to enhance its annual reports to Congress to more fully convey the program's gains. For example, the reports could include measures of jurisdictions' success in broadening participation in STEM. (Recommendation 1)
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NSF concurred and, as of October 2022, planned to address this recommendation in 2023 in its annual report on EPSCoR that will be submitted with the fiscal year 2024 budget request to Congress. In particular, NSF stated that it was planning enhancements to the report to link programmatic outcomes with program goals and that these enhancements would include additional data on the program's gains in broadening participation in STEM and economic development. We will update the status of this recommendation when NSF submits its report.

Research Reliability: Federal Actions Needed to Promote Stronger Research Practices

GAO-22-104411
Jul 28, 2022
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Institutes of Health The Director of NIH should collect information on relevant indicators of rigor to assess the research projects the agency funds, and implement steps, as needed, to promote strong research practices in future work. (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.
National Institutes of Health The Director of NIH should take steps to collect information to determine whether current policies and requirements are adequate to achieve transparency by ensuring research results and data are findable, accessible, and usable, and implement programmatic or policy changes, if needed. (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.
National Science Foundation The Director of NSF should collect information on relevant indicators of rigor to assess the research projects the agency funds, and implement steps, as needed, to promote strong research practices in future work. (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.
National Science Foundation The Director of NSF should take steps to collect information to determine whether current policies and requirements are adequate to achieve transparency by ensuring research results and data are findable, accessible, and usable, and implement programmatic or policy changes, if needed. (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.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of NASA should collect information on relevant indicators of rigor to assess the research projects the agency funds, and implement steps, as needed, to promote strong research practices in future work. (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.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration The Administrator of NASA should take steps to collect information to determine whether current policies and requirements are adequate to achieve transparency by ensuring research results and data are findable, accessible, and usable, and implement programmatic or policy changes, if needed. (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.

Federal Research Centers: Revising DOD Oversight Policy Could Assure Access to Performance and Effectiveness Information

GAO-22-105278
Jul 19, 2022
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that in the next update to the DODI 5000.77, OUSD(R&E) revises its policy to require primary sponsors to provide performance and other relevant information about the effectiveness of the FFRDCs on an annual basis. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Defense (DOD) concurred with our recommendation. In response, the agency plans to release interim guidance requiring primary sponsors to provide information about the effectiveness of the FFRDCs as part of the annual FFRDC directors' meeting with OUSD(R&E) scheduled for December 2022. DOD anticipates the corresponding revisions to the DODI 5000.77 will be issued in fiscal year 2024.
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