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Open Recommendations

Community Services Block Grant: Better Alignment of Outcome Measures with Program Goals Could Help Assess National Effectiveness

GAO-20-25
Dec 19, 2019
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Community Services The Director of OCS, in developing the new performance management approach for the CSBG program, should ensure that its performance framework includes information on (1) details for how the national measure is linked to and used to assess the three national program goals, (2) descriptions of how the updated state and local performance outcome measures align with national program goals, and (3) a written plan for how OCS will assess the reliability of state performance outcome data. (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.

Evidence-Based Policymaking: Selected Agencies Coordinate Activities, but Could Enhance Collaboration

GAO-20-119
Dec 04, 2019
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Corporation for National and Community Service The Chief Executive Officer of CNCS should develop an approach to ensure that all relevant participants are involved in the agency-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs. (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.
Corporation for National and Community Service The Chief Executive Officer of CNCS should define roles and responsibilities for all relevant participants involved in the agency-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs. (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.
Corporation for National and Community Service The Chief Executive Officer of CNCS should revise written guidance for the agency-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs to ensure it identifies all relevant participants and their respective roles and responsibilities. (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.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should develop an approach to ensure that all relevant participants are involved in the department-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs. (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.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should revise written guidance for the department-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs to ensure it identifies all relevant participants and their respective roles and responsibilities. (Recommendation 5)
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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.
Department of Labor The Secretary of Labor should develop an approach to ensure that all relevant participants are involved in the department-wide process for prioritizing evidence needs. (Recommendation 6)
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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.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Reporting on 9/11-Related Claims

GAO-19-521R
Jul 25, 2019
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct the Bureau of Justice Assistance to enhance quality checks to ensure the accuracy of information in its 180-day reports about Public Safety Officers' Benefits claims related to public safety officers affected by 9/11. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance agreed with this recommendation. The agency said it will develop and implement quality checks to confirm the accuracy of information reported in the 180-day reports related to PSOB 9/11 claims. We will consider closing this recommendation when this effort is completed.

Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices

GAO-19-330
Jun 24, 2019
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Administration for Community Living The Administrator of ACL should take steps to better centralize access to and promote awareness of information on promising practices or other useful information pertinent to serving rural older adults.
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Recommendation status is Open.

HHS agreed with this recommendation, stating that it would encourage its resource centers to identify promising practices and other information specific to rural communities so that these resources would be searchable. GAO believes this will help rural agencies and providers find relevant information on each center's website. However, pertinent information for rural communities is spread across many different ACL resource center websites, as well as the websites of other agencies with whom ACL collaborates, such as the Department of Transportation and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. We encourage ACL to centralize access to this information by making it searchable across these websites or compiling it other ways and promoting awareness of this information.