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New From the GAO

April 18, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Nuclear Weapons: Technology Development Efforts for the Uranium Processing Facility. GAO-14-295, April 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-295
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662665.pdf

2. Maritime Infrastructure: Key Issues Related to Commercial Activity in the U.S. Arctic over the Next Decade. GAO-14-299, March 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-299
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661762.pdf

3. Medicare Imaging Accreditation: Effect on Access to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Is Unclear amid Other Policy Changes. GAO-14-378, April 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-378
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662659.pdf

4. Large Partnerships: Characteristics of Population and IRS Audits. GAO-14-379R, March 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-379R

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New From the GAO

April 17, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

Information Security: SEC Needs to Improve Controls over Financial Systems and Data. GAO-14-419, April 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-419
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662614.pdf

New From the GAO

April 17, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Army Modular Force Structure: Annual Report Generally Met Requirements, but Challenges in Estimating Costs and Assessing Capability Remain. GAO-14-294, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-294
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662577.pdf

2. Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress. GAO-14-355, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-355
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662597.pdf

3. Defense Contracting: DOD’s Use of Class Justifications for Sole-Source Contracts. GAO-14-427R, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-427R

New From the GAO

April 15, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects. GAO-14-338SP, April 15.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-338SP
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662572.pdf

2. National Environmental Policy Act: Little Information Exists on NEPA Analyses. GAO-14-369, April 15.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-369
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662544.pdf

3. National Environmental Policy Act: Little Information Exists on NEPA Analyses. GAO-14-370, April 15.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-370
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662548.pdf

New From the GAO

April 14, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations. GAO-14-249, March 14.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-249
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661714.pdf

New From the GAO

April 11, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office
1. Ballistic Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities. GAO-14-314, April 11.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-314
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662493.pdf

New From the GAO

April 10, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimony
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Program Generally on Track, but Upcoming Schedule Remains Challenging. GAO-14-190, April 10.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-190
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662449.pdf

2. Air Force: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Unmanned Aerial System Pilots. GAO-14-316, April 10.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-316
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662468.pdf

3. Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Update on Program’s Progress toward Development Start. GAO-14-358R, April 10.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-358R

4. Status of Efforts to Initiate an Amphibious Combat Vehicle Program. GAO-14-359R, April 10.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-359R

Testimony

1. Inspectors General: Oversight of Small Federal Agencies and the Role of the Inspectors General, by Beryl H. Davis, director, financial management and assurance, before the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-14-503T, April 10.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-503T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662442.pdf

New From the GAO

April 9, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Projects Initiated during Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012. GAO-14-280R, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-280R

2. Mine Safety: Basis for Proposed Exposure Limit on Respirable Coal Mine Dust and Possible Approaches for Lowering Dust Levels. GAO-14-345, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-345
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662411.pdf

Testimonies

1. Health Care Workforce: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections, by Linda T. Kohn, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. GAO-14-510T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-510T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662392.pdf

2. VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access Problems That May Delay Needed Medical Care for Veterans, by Debra A. Draper, director, health care, before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-509T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-509T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662396.pdf

3. Social Security Disability Programs: SSA Could Take Steps to Improve Its Assessment of Continued Eligibility, by Daniel Bertoni, director, education, workforce, and income security, before the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-14-492T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-492T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662399.pdf

New From the GAO

April 8, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Medicare: Second Year Update for CMS’s Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program Round 1 Rebid. GAO-14-156, March 7.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-156
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661475.pdf

2. 2014 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits. GAO-14-343SP, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-343SP
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/662283

3. Aviation Safety: FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot’s Medical Form. GAO-14-330, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-330
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662388.pdf

4. Military Capabilities: Navy Should Reevaluate Its Plan to Decommission the USS Port Royal. GAO-14-336, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-336
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662377.pdf

5. Information Security: IRS Needs to Address Control Weaknesses That Place Financial and Taxpayer Data at Risk. GAO-14-405, April 8
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-405
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662372.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/662350

Testimonies

1. Paid Tax Return Preparers: In a Limited Study, Preparers Made Significant Errors, by James R. McTigue Jr., director, strategic issues, before the Senate Committee on Finance. GAO-14-467T, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-467T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662357.pdf

2. Tobacco Products: FDA Spending and New Product Review Time Frames, by Marcia Crosse, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce. GAO-14-508T, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-508T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662361.pdf

3. Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-14-478T, April 8.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-478T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662367.pdf

New From the GAO

April 7, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Federal Facility Security: Additional Actions Needed to Help Agencies Comply with Risk Assessment Methodology Standards. GAO-14-86, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-86
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661347.pdf

2. Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Ensure Planned Improvements Address Key Requirements of the Development Company (504) Loan Program. GAO-14-233, March 6.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-233
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661427.pdf

3. Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of the Wind Down of the Capital Purchase Program. GAO-14-388, April 7.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-388
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662341.pdf

New From the GAO

April 3, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. International Financial Reforms: U.S. and Other Jurisdictions’ Efforts to Develop and Implement Reforms. GAO-14-261, April 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-261
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662259.pdf

2. Defense Infrastructure: Army Has a Process to Manage Litigation Costs for the Military Housing Privatization Initiative. GAO-14-327, April 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-327
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662264.pdf

3. 2020 Census: Prioritized Information Technology Research and Testing Is Needed for Census Design Decisions. GAO-14-389, April 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-389
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662279.pdf

New From the GAO

April 2, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Report

1. Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve the Reliability and Transparency of Reported Investment Information. GAO-14-298, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-298
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662231.pdf

Testimonies

1. Information Security: Federal Agencies Need to Enhance Responses to Data Breaches, by Gregory C. Wilshusen, director, information security issues, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-14-487T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-487T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662228.pdf

2. Veterans’ Health Care: Oversight of Tissue Product Safety, by Marcia Crosse, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-463T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-463T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662225.pdf

3. Missile Defense: Mixed Progress in Achieving Acquisition Goals and Improving Accountability, by Cristina T. Chaplain, director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Senate Committee on Armed Services. GAO-14-481T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-481T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662252.pdf

High Interest GAO Testimony — Information Security: Federal Agencies Need to Enhance Responses to Data Breaches

April 2, 2014 Comments off

Information Security: Federal Agencies Need to Enhance Responses to Data Breaches
Source: Government Accountability Office

The number of reported information security incidents involving personally identifiable information (PII) has more than doubled over the last several years (see figure).

As GAO has previously reported, major federal agencies continue to face challenges in fully implementing all components of an agency-wide information security program, which is essential for securing agency systems and the information they contain—including PII. Specifically, agencies have had mixed results in addressing the eight components of an information security program called for by law, and most agencies had weaknesses in implementing specific security controls. GAO and inspectors general have continued to make recommendations to strengthen agency policies and practices.

In December 2013, GAO reported on agencies’ responses to PII data breaches and found that they were inconsistent and needed improvement. Although selected agencies had generally developed breach-response policies and procedures, their implementation of key practices called for by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance was inconsistent. For example,

  • only one of seven agencies reviewed had documented both an assigned risk level and how that level was determined for PII data breaches; two agencies documented the number of affected individuals for each incident; and two agencies notified affected individuals for all high-risk breaches.
  • the seven agencies did not consistently offer credit monitoring to affected individuals; and
  • none of the seven agencies consistently documented lessons learned from their breach responses.

Incomplete guidance from OMB contributed to this inconsistent implementation. For example, OMB’s guidance does not make clear how agencies should use risk levels to determine whether affected individuals should be notified. In addition, the nature and timing of reporting requirements may be too stringent.

New From the GAO

April 1, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Puerto Rico: Information on How Statehood Would Potentially Affect Selected Federal Programs and Revenue Sources. GAO-14-31, March 4.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-31
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661335.pdf

2. Puerto Rico: Informacion Sobre Como la Estatidad Afectaria Determinados Programas y Fuentes de Ingresos Federales. GAO-14-301, March 4.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-301
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661704.pdf

3. National Preparedness: HHS Has Funded Flexible Manufacturing Activities for Medical Countermeasures, but It Is Too Soon to Assess Their Effect. GAO-14-329, March 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-329
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662121.pdf

4. Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs. GAO-14-340SP, March 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-340SP
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662183.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/662072

5. Programa Para Mitigar Activos Problemáticos: Es necesario un mayor esfuerzo en el control de préstamos equitativos y en el acceso a los programas de vivienda por parte de personas sin dominio del ingles. GAO-14-457, March 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-457
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662186.pdf

6. American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Economic Indicators Since Minimum Wage Increases Began. GAO-14-381, March 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-381
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662128.pdf

7. Missile Defense: Mixed Progress in Achieving Acquisition Goals and Improving Accountability. GAO-14-351, April 1.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-35
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662199.pdf

8. Afghanistan: Changes to Updated U.S. Civil-Military Strategic Framework Reflect Evolving U.S. Role. GAO-14-438R, April 1.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-438R

New From the GAO

March 28, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Spectrum Management: FCC’s Use and Enforcement of Buildout Requirements. GAO-14-236, February 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-236
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661154.pdf

2. DHS Asset Forfeiture: Additional Actions Could Help Strengthen Controls over Equitable Sharing. GAO-14-318, March 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-318
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662079.pdf

New From the GAO

March 27, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Canceled DOD Programs: DOD Needs to Better Use Available Guidance and Manage Reusable Assets. GAO-14-77, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-77
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662018.pdf

2. Native American Housing: Additional Actions Needed to Better Support Tribal Efforts. GAO-14-255, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-255
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662064.pdf

3. Major Automated Information Systems: Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices. GAO-14-309, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-309
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662046.pdf

4. Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Most Federal Spending Directly Supports Work with Manufacturers, but Distribution Could Be Improved. GAO-14-317, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-317
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662014.pdf

5. Defense Infrastructure: DOD’s 2013 Facilities Corrosion Study Addressed Reporting Elements. GAO-14-337R, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-337R

6. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for 2013 and 2012. GAO-14-415R, March 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-415R

New From the GAO

March 26, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. International Food Aid: Better Agency Collaboration Needed to Assess and Improve Emergency Food Aid Procurement System. GAO-14-22, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-22
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661963.pdf

2. Medicare: Certain Physician Feedback Reporting Practices of Private Entities Could Improve CMS’s Efforts. GAO-14-279, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-279
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661980.pdf

3. Federal Contracting: Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need Additional Oversight. GAO-14-304, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-304
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661984.pdf

Testimonies

1. USDA Litigation: Limited Data Available on USDA Attorney Fee Claims and Payments, by Eileen R. Larence, director, homeland security and justice, before the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, House Committee on Agriculture. GAO-14-458T, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-458T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661943.pdf

2. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Observations on Key Factors in DHS’s Implementation of Its Partnership Approach, by Stephen L. Caldwell, director, homeland security and justice, and Gregory C. Wilshusen, director, information security issues, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-14-464T, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-464T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661946.pdf

3. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Slower Than Expected Progress in Software Testing May Limit Initial Warfighting Capabilities, by Michael J. Sullivan, director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services. GAO-14-468T, March 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-468T

New From the GAO

March 25, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report and Testimony
Source: Government Accountability office

Report

1. Architect of the Capitol: Incorporating All Leading Practices Could Improve Accuracy and Credibility of Projects’ Cost Estimates. GAO-14-333, March 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-333
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661902.pdf

Testimony

1. Information Security: VA Needs to Address Long-Standing Challenges, by Gregory C. Wilshusen, director, information security issues, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-469T, March 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-469T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661898.pdf

New From the GAO

March 25, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Electronic Health Records: HHS Strategy to Address Information Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones. GAO-14-242, March 24.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-242
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661847.pdf
Podcast – http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/661856

2. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities. GAO-14-322, March 24.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-322
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661843.pdf

New From the GAO

March 20, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

General Services Administration: GSA Should Clarify Its Reporting Exemption and Collect Additional Data on Executives’ Use of Aircraft for Nonmission Purposes. GAO-14-151, February 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-151
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661253.pdf

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