Federal real property management for another year is included on the Government Accountability Office’s High-Risk List. Auditors say the government’s excess properties, reliance on leasing, and facilities security are challenges it must face to get off the list.
Both the Government Accountability Office and the department’s inspector general say leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department is committed to removing VA health care from GAO’s High-Risk List. But they’ve seen little concrete action beyond VA’s promises of commitment.
The Government Accountability Office added three new areas to its biennial High-Risk list this year. It also removed one government initiative from the list. The 2020 Census is a new concern for GAO, which said the bureau’s technology plans, budget and timeline are at risk.
The Defense Department still has work to do on issues that plagued the department for more than two decades, a Government Accountability Office report stated.
The Government Accountability Office issued its 2016 report on federal financial management and once again can’t offer an opinion because of incomplete data from DoD, HUD and NSF.
Leadership is a key driver of employee engagement for agencies like the Agriculture Department, which rose from 16th to ninth in the Best Places to Work rankings in 2016. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said his agency has been hard at work for the past seven years, after a call from the White House prompted his leadership team to develop an engagement plan.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to “burrow in” to career positions.
Despite a reminder from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, federal agencies haven’t reviewed their data on Social Security numbers in nearly a decade.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) plans to introduce a package of bills aimed at government reform. The legislative bundle includes extra protection for whistleblowers as well as barriers to prevent abuse of administrative leave and awarding bonuses to misbehaving employees.
The Government Accountability Office’s sixth annual report on “fragmentation, overlap and duplication,” put the spotlight once again on the DoD, Treasury Department the Department of Health and Human Services for the “significant opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement [that] exist in these three areas.”