A next generation 30 orbiter Global Positioning System constellation could be had for a few billion dollars less than planned by reducing the number of full GPS III satellites in favor of lower-cost satellites the Air Force is calling NavSats, the military service said in an April 2013 report to Congress.
The Social Security Administration may have made $1.29 billion in disability benefits overpayments to about 36,000 individuals as of January 2013, a recently released Aug, 15 Government Accountability Office report says. The payment may have gone to recipients who were working during a mandatory 5-month pre-benefits waiting period, the report (.pdf) says.
The SBA originally planned to evaluate its Patriot Express loan-guarantee program by the end of 2010, but instead extended it through December 2013, a report (.pdf) from the Government Accountability Office says. With the extension now near its end, the SBA has still yet to evaluate it or make a plan to do so.
The Government Accountability Office is concerned that the Government Accountability and Transparency Board is hamstrung because it has no dedicated funding, no role in actual policy implementation and has not developed mechanisms for obtaining input from non-federal fund recipients.
Being able to spot duplicative information technology projects in and among agencies was a key reason for the federal enterprise architecture initiative launched by the Office of Management and Budget in February 2002--but more than a decade later the Government Accountability Office says a limited review of agency IT projects turned up $321 million worth of spending on potentially duplicative projects over a 6 year period.
The Federal Aviation Administration only uses a building's age to determine its condition which makes for "substantial errors" as to whether a facility needs repair, a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. In 2012, a consultant for the ATO developed the statistical model based on inspection results of 134 inspected facilities. The model "uses one variable--age of the facility--to estimate the facility's condition," the GAO report says.
The National Archives and Records Administration doesn't know where all agencies store their physical records, the Government Accountability Office says. NARA has tried to gather that information, but not all agencies submitted it. The data that NARA has received is mostly from 2008 and 2009 and is now outdated, the GAO says in a report (.pdf) released Sept. 10.
Several departments underspent on small business programs for the commercialization of research and development because they left out entire component agencies from the calculations used to fund the programs, the GAO says. Under two federal programs, agencies must spend a certain percentage of their outside research and development funding on small businesses R&D efforts that align with federal priorities.
Ineffective risk management is impairing progress towards audit-ready financial statements at the Defense Department, says the Government Accountability Office. Specifically, auditors take (.pdf) the...
The Veterans Affairs Department Office of General Counsel is not properly accrediting personnel whose job it is to help veterans or their family members file claims for VA benefits, says the Government Accountability Office report (.pdf)