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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recent GAO Publications

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following reports, correspondences and testimonies:

Recovery Act: Recipient Reported Jobs Data Provide Insight into Use of Recovery Act Funding, but Data Quality and Reporting Issues Need Attention.
GAO-10-223, November 19.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10223high.pdf

Grant Monitoring: Department of Education Could Improve Its Processes with Greater Focus on Assessing Risks, Acquiring Financial Skills, and Sharing Information.
GAO-10-57, November 19.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1057high.pdf

Financial Audit: Securities and Exchange Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008.
GAO-10-250, November 16.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10250high.pdf

Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Statements.
GAO-10-218, November 16.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10218high.pdf

Financial Audit: IRS's Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008 Financial Statements.
GAO-10-176, November 10.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10176high.pdf

Financial Audit: Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008 Schedules of Federal Debt.
GAO-10-88, November 10.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1088high.pdf

U.S. Government Accountability Office: Performance and Accountability Report, Fiscal Year 2009.
GAO-10-234SP, November 13.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Improvements Needed in Corrective Action Plans to Remediate Financial Reporting Material Weaknesses.
GAO-10-65, November 16.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1065high.pdf

Millennium Challenge Corporation: MCC Has Addressed a Number of Implementation Challenges, but Needs to Improve Financial Controls and Infrastructure Planning.
GAO-10-52, November 6.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1052high.pdf

U.S. Postal Service: Financial Challenges Continue, with Relatively Limited Results from Recent Revenue-Generation Efforts, by Phillip Herr, director, physical infrastructure issues, before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
GAO-10-191T, November 5.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10191thigh.pdf

Troubled Asset Relief Program: Continued Stewardship Needed as Treasury Develops Strategies for Managing and Divesting Financial Interests in Chrysler and GM.
GAO-10-151, November 2.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10151high.pdf

Integrity Committee's Process to Address Allegations of Wrongdoing by Inspectors General.
GAO-10-63R, October 15.

Financial Management Systems: DHS Faces Challenges to Successfully Consolidate Its Existing Disparate Systems, by Kay L. Daly, director, financial management and assurance, and Nabajyoti Barkakati, Chief Technologist, Applied Research and Methods, Center for Technology and Engineering, before the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight, House Committee on Homeland Security.
GAO-10-210T, October 29.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10210thigh.pdf

"Maximizing DOD's Untapped Potential to Improve Business Performance," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the DOD Performance Breakthrough Convention, in Lansdowne, Virginia.
GAO-10-184CG, October 14, 2009.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Internal Control Would Improve Accountability for Certain Centrally Provided (Greenbook) Programs.
GAO-10-82, October 20.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1082high.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Charges to Agencies and Offices for Centrally Provided (Greenbook) Programs for Fiscal Years 1999 through 2009 (GAO-10-83SP), an E-supplement to GAO-10-82.
GAO-10-83SP, October 20.

The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook: Fall 2009 Update.
GAO-10-137SP, October 15.http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-137SP

Defense Management: Widespread DCAA Audit Problems Leave Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Vulnerable to Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Mismanagement, by Gregory D. Kutz, managing director, forensic audits and special investigations, before the Defense Acquisition Reform Panel, House Committee on Armed Services.
GAO-10-163T, October 15.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10163thigh.pdf

VA Health Care: Ineffective Medical Center Controls Resulted in Inappropriate Billing and Collection Practices, by Kay L. Daly, director, financial management and assurance, before the Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
GAO-10-152T, October 15.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10152thigh.pdf

"Troubled Asset Relief Program: GAO's Oversight Role," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's accounting and auditing conference, in Arlington, Virginia.
GAO-10-150CG, October 1, 2009

Information Security: Concerted Effort Needed to Improve Federal Performance Measures.
GAO-09-617, September 14.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d09617high.pdf

Contract Management: Extent of Federal Spending under Cost-Reimbursement Contracts Unclear and Key Controls Not Always Used.
GAO-09-921, September 30.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d09921high.pdf

Fire Grants: FEMA Has Met Most Requirements for Awarding Fire Grants, but Additional Actions Would Improve Its Grant Process.
GAO-10-64, October 30.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1064high.pdf

Improper Payments: Progress Made but Challenges Remain in Estimating and Reducing Improper Payments, by Kay L. Daly, director, financial management and assurance, before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
GAO-09-628T, April 22, 2009.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d09628thigh.pdf

Information Technology: Agencies Need to Improve the Implementation and Use of Earned Value Techniques to Help Manage Major System Acquisitions.
GAO-10-2, October 8.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d102high.pdf

Recovery Act: Funds Continue to Provide Fiscal Relief to States and Localities, While Accountability and Reporting Challenges Need to Be Fully Addressed.
GAO-09-1016, September 23, 2009.
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d091016high.pdf

Appropriations Decisions:

B-318426, District of Columbia Courts--Authority to Pay Settlements
and Judgments, November 2, 2009

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