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New From the GAO

November 21, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office
1. Defense Logistics: Greater Awareness of Recommendations and Improvements in Data Quality Needed to Resolve Container-Management Challenges. GAO-15-114, November 21.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-114
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667147.pdf

2. Vaccine Injury Compensation: Most Claims Took Multiple Years and Many Were Settled through Negotiation. GAO-15-142, November 21.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-142
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667135.pdf

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CBO — Growth in DoD’s Budget From 2000 to 2014

November 21, 2014 Comments off

Growth in DoD’s Budget From 2000 to 2014
Source: Congressional Budget Office

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) base budget grew from $384 billion to $502 billion between fiscal years 2000 and 2014 in inflation-adjusted (real) terms—an increase of 31 percent and an annual average growth rate of 1.9 percent (see figure below). Several factors contributed to that growth. The largest rate of growth was in the costs for military personnel, which increased by 46 percent over the period. The costs for operation and maintenance (O&M) increased by 34 percent, and the costs for acquisition increased by 25 percent. About two-thirds of the $117 billion real increase in the budget went for the following activities: procurement; O&M costs for the Defense Health Program; research, development, test, and evaluation; the basic allowance for housing; fuel; and basic pay for active-duty military personnel (see table below).

For this analysis, CBO examined DoD’s base budget, which excludes supplemental and emergency funding for overseas contingency operations (those conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq and other countries). DoD’s base budget includes both discretionary funding (controlled by annual appropriation acts) and mandatory funding (generally determined by eligibility rules, benefit formulas, and other parameters that are set in current law). All costs are expressed in 2014 dollars of budget authority, adjusted for the effects of inflation over the 15-year period using the gross domestic product price index; unless otherwise noted, all growth rates are measured in those real terms. CBO’s analysis is based on data from DoD. In addition, CBO relied on analyses described in several of its publications.

New From the GAO

November 20, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier: Congress Should Consider Revising Cost Cap Legislation to Include All Construction Costs. GAO-15-22, November 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-22
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667091.pdf

2. Climate Change: Better Management of Exposure to Potential Future Losses Is Needed for Federal Flood and Crop Insurance. GAO-15-28, October 29.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-28
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666697.pdf

3. Financial Stability Oversight Council: Further Actions Could Improve the Nonbank Designation Process. GAO-15-51, November 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-51
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667095.pdf

4. Bank Capital Reforms: Initial Effects of Basel III on Capital, Credit, and International Competitiveness. GAO-15-67, November 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-67
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667113.pdf

5. Small Business Innovation Research: Change in Program Eligibility Has Had Little Impact. GAO-15-68, November 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-68
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667099.pdf

6. Building Partner Capacity: State and DOD Need to Define Time Frames to Guide and Track Global Security Contingency Fund Projects. GAO-15-75, November 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-75
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667116.pdf

New From the GAO

November 19, 2014 Comments off

New From the GAO
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Labor Relations Activities: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Reporting of the Use and Cost of Official Time. GAO-15-9, October 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-9
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666618.pdf

2. Health Care Transparency: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers. GAO-15-11, October 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-11
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666571.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/666514

3. Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act: Additional Outreach and Notification of Tribes about Offenders Who Are Released from Prison Needed. GAO-15-23, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-23
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666974.pdf

4. Overseas Military Construction: Observations on U.S. Contractor Preference. GAO-15-45, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-45
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666981.pdf

5. Public Transportation: Multiple Factors Influence Extent of Transit-Oriented Development. GAO-15-70, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-70
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666993.pdf

6. Highway Projects: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs. GAO-15-71, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-71
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666989.pdf

7. Human Trafficking: Oversight of Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers in High-Risk Environments Needs to Be Strengthened. GAO-15-102, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-102
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666997.pdf

Related Product

1. Sex Offender registration and Notification Act: Survey of Federally Recognized Tribes on Implementation of the Act (GAO-15-30SP, November 18, 2014), an E-supplement to GAO-15-23. GAO-15-30SP, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/gao-15-30sp

Testimony

1. Information Security: Additional Actions Needed to Address Vulnerabilities That Put VA Data at Risk, by Gregory C. Wilshusen, director, information security issues, before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-15-220T, November 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-220T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666969.pdf

Full-Time, Year-Round Employment More Prevalent Among Gulf War Veterans Than Nonveterans, Census Bureau Analysis Finds

November 18, 2014 Comments off

Full-Time, Year-Round Employment More Prevalent Among Gulf War Veterans Than Nonveterans, Census Bureau Analysis Finds
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

A new report, “The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans,” looks at those Gulf War veterans who began service on or after August 1990, the official start of the first Gulf War. It differentiates between “Gulf War I” veterans — those who served only during the August 1990 to August 2001 period — and “Gulf War II” veterans — those who served September 2001 or later or served in both periods. “Working age” is defined as between the ages of 18 and 64.

According to the report, during the 2011-2013 time period:

Men and women veterans from both Gulf War eras were more likely to be employed in full-time, year-round jobs than their nonveteran counterparts.

New From the GAO

November 17, 2014 Comments off

New From the GAO
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. VA Health Care: Actions Needed To Ensure Adequate And Qualified Nurse Staffing. GAO-15-61, October 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-61
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666537.pdf

2. NOAA’s Observing Systems: Additional Steps Needed to Achieve an Integrated, Cost-Effective Portfolio. GAO-15-96, November 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-96
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666947.pdf

3. Information Security: VA Needs to Address Identified Vulnerabilities. GAO-15-117, November 13.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-117
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666901.pdf

4. Financial Audit: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements. GAO-15-146R, November 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-146R

5. Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements. GAO-15-147R, November 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-147R

6. Financial Audit: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements. GAO-15-166R, November 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-166R

Special Publication

1. GAO Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2014. GAO-15-1SP, November 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-1SP

Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure — Updated October 2014

November 17, 2014 Comments off

Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure — Updated October 2014 (Word)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel

The Standards of Conduct Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel’s Office has assembled the following selection of cases of ethical failure for use as a training tool. Our goal is to provide DoD personnel with real examples of Federal employees who have intentionally or unwittingly violated the standards of conduct. Some cases are humorous, some sad, and all are real. Some will anger you as a Federal employee and some will anger you as an American taxpayer.

Please pay particular attention to the multiple jail and probation sentences, fines, employment terminations and other sanctions that were taken as a result of these ethical failures. Violations of many ethical standards involve criminal statutes. Protect yourself and your employees by learning what you need to know and accessing your Agency ethics counselor if you become unsure of the proper course of conduct. Be sure to access them before you take action regarding the issue in question. Many of the cases displayed in this collection could have been avoided completely if the offender had taken this simple precaution.

The cases have been arranged according to offense for ease of access. Feel free to reproduce and use them as you like in your ethics training program. For example – you may be conducting a training session regarding political activities. Feel free to copy and paste a case or two into your slideshow or handout – or use them as examples or discussion problems. If you have a case you would like to make available for inclusion in a future update of this collection, please email it to OSD.SOCO@MAIL.MIL or you may fax it to (703) 695-4970.

See previous: Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure (Updated July 2013)

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