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GAO Adds IT Acquisitions and Operations and VA Health Care to Latest High Risk List

February 11, 2015 Comments off

GAO Adds IT Acquisitions and Operations and VA Health Care to Latest High Risk List
Source: Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its biennial High Risk List and announced the addition of two new areas: “IT Acquisitions and Operations” and “Veterans Affairs Health Care.”

“Too frequently, federal IT investments fail to be completed or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. And for several years we have reported on the need to improve health care for our nation’s veterans, but more than 100 of our recommendations still have not been addressed. So it is critical to add these issues to the list and bring sustained attention to finding and implementing solutions,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO.

Dodaro said he was pleased that so many other areas have seen progress over the past two years and weaknesses are being identified and addressed. “I really have to thank the combined efforts of Congress, agency officials and staff, and the Office of Management and Budget in helping to move so many issues into positions where they have a better chance of being removed from the list entirely in the years to come,” Dodaro said. Of the 30 areas that were on the 2013 list, 18 areas at least partially met all the criteria for removal. Dodaro will testify on the list at hearings today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

With the two areas added today, GAO’s 2015 High Risk List includes a total of 32 federal operations that represent areas at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement, or are in need of broad-based transformation. Two high-risk issues—”Protecting Public Health through Enhanced Oversight of Medical Products” and “DOD Contract Management”—demonstrated enough progress to narrow their scope. Overall, 28 high-risk areas were rated against the five criteria and of these, 87 percent were rated as met or partially met.

GAO has also expanded two areas on the 2015 list in response to evolving concerns. “Enforcement of Tax Laws” will include the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to address tax refund fraud due to identify theft. “Ensuring the Security of Federal Information Systems and Cyber Critical Infrastructure and Protecting the Privacy of Personally Identifiable Information” has been expanded because of the privacy threats that technological advances pose to personally identifiable information.

New this year are area ratings that use star-shaped graphics to indicate degrees of progress in meeting five criteria for removing an area from the High Risk List. The five criteria are: (1) leadership commitment, (2) agency capacity, (3) an action plan, (4) monitoring efforts, and (5) demonstrated progress. GAO’s area ratings are intended to provide greater transparency and specificity to agency officials seeking to make changes.

Updated biennially at the start of each new Congress, lawmakers use the High Risk List to help set oversight agendas, and both the legislative and executive branches have turned to GAO’s findings to help devise agency-specific as well as government-wide solutions.

New From the GAO

February 6, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Mental Health: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness. GAO-15-113, December 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-113
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667643.pdf
Podcast – http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/667813

2. International Classification of Diseases: CMS’s Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes. GAO-15-255, January 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-255
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668127.pdf

New From the GAO

February 3, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

U.S. Commission On Civil Rights: Management Improvements Are Needed to Better Achieve Its Mission. GAO-15-92, February 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-92
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668275.pdf

New From the GAO

January 30, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Defense Health Care: Additional Information Needed about Mental Health Provider Staffing Needs. GAO-15-184, January 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-184
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668209.pdf

2. Federal Workforce: OPM and Agencies Need to Strengthen Efforts to Identify and Close Mission-Critical Skills Gaps. GAO-15-223, January 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-223
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668203.pdf

New From the GAO

January 29, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Federal Construction Subcontracting: Insight into Subcontractor Selection Is Limited, but Agencies Use Oversight Tools to Monitor Performance. GAO-15-230, January 29.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-230
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668164.pdf

2. DOD Acquisitions: Opportunities May Exist to Increase Utility of Nondevelopmental Items Pilot Program. GAO-15-285, January 29.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-285
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668156.pdf

New From the GAO

January 28, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

Private Health Insurance: Geographic Variation in Spending for Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven by Inpatient Prices. GAO-15-214, December 29.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-214
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667780.pdf

New From the GAO

January 27, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Defense Logistics: DOD Has a Strategy and Has Taken Steps to Improve Its Asset Visibility, but Further Actions Are Needed. GAO-15-148, January 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-148
Highlights –  http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668089.pdf

2. Depot Maintenance: Status of the Public-Private Partnership for Repair of the Dual-Mode Transmitter in the F-16 Fire-Control Radar. GAO-15-249R, January 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-249R

3. Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Enhance Its Guidance and Oversight of High-Risk Maritime Cargo Shipments. GAO-15-294, January 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-294
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668099.pdf

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