Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should launch a project to address the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiaries' cards as a core component of its information technology modernization efforts, says the Government Accountability Office.
Coordination of maritime research continues to challenge Homeland Security Department components, says the Government Accountability Office, a finding it says is in line with other research finding that DHS has challenges with research and development coordination.
The Agriculture Department's subjective eligibility requirements for farm program payments hindered the agency's ability to review whether farmers were compliant with the requirements, a recently released Sept. 26 Government Accountability Office reports says.
Markets have already begun to suffer the apparent effects of the standoff among lawmakers over whether to raise the debt ceiling. On Oct. 8, the interest rate on 1-month Treasury bills reached 0.27 percent, a level not seen since November 2008 in the depths of a financial crisis that led to a global recession.
The way the Defense Department estimates the cost of switching from contractors to government employees has come under new criticism from the Government Accountability Office. Whether government employees or private contractors ultimately cost the government less has long been a subject of debate, and past attempts to settle the matter have faced scrutiny for flaws in their methods and assumptions.
Officials in major cities have indicated they need more federal guidance to prepare for the immediate response to a nuclear or radiological attack. The Government Accountability Office surveyed emergency managers in 27 large cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, about response plans for nuclear and radiological attacks for a report dated Sept. 30.
The Bureau of Indian Education has a fragmented academic assessment process and unclear administrative roles, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has no strategic plan for BIE or stakeholder communication strategy, finds a Sept. 24 Government Accountability Office report. Indian education could suffer as a result, say report authors.
As it develops maintenance plans for its unstaffed facilities, the FAA is relying on old data that only covers about a third of the facilities, the Government Accountability Office says. The FAA's unstaffed buildings and towers contain navigation, communications, surveillance and weather equipment.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership hasn't reached full operational capability because the program isn't on schedule with validating the readiness of satellite products. The satellite program has also failed to track whether key users are using its products and they are meeting users' needs, finds a Government Accountability Office report dated Sept. 11 but only released publicly Sept. 19.
Uncertainty surrounding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R is no longer a question of if its launch will be delayed, but for how long a satellite coverage gap will last, said David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office. Powner also said it was clear GOES-R was slipping before sequestration.