Officials should impose a moratorium on 12 judiciary courthouse projects until they are evaluated under new rules to make sure it's fiscally responsible to pursue them, an April 11 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. Ten of the 12 courthouse construction projects do not qualify under project start rules, known as the Asset Management Plan, which requires courthouses to add a minmum of two courtrooms.
In an effort to improve its website, the Internal Revenue Service launched short projects to deliver interactive tools and longer-term projects to improve foundational infrastructure, but it has no overarching strategy for its website, says the Government Accountability in an April 16 report (.pdf).
Agency performance improvement officers say federal agency leaders need more training in measuring performance and managing information, says the Government Accountability Office in an April 16 report (.pdf). Among the categories needing work is performance measurement.
Agencies say they lack money for training acqusition staff, says the Government Accountability Office in a newly-released March 28 report (.pdf). Twenty of 23 agencies said it was difficult to obtain adequate funding for the training and 19 of 23 said it was difficult to acquire funding for sufficient staff to manage training, the report says.
In 2011, the government forewent collecting about $181 billion in corporate tax revenue due to 80 tax code exceptions, says the Government Accountability Office in a newly released March 18 report (.pdf). The amount of money the federal government spends through tax code corporate loopholes--known as tax expenditures--has increased over the last few decades, as has the number of corporate tax expenditures, the report says.
If the government were to follow GAO's advice to correct the 162 areas of inefficiency GAO has found in its three annual reports since 2011, it could save tens of billions of dollars, says this year's report, released April 9. The Defense Department, for instance, could save $82 million if its combat uniform acquisition process were less fragmented, the report says.
It is difficult to determine whether government information federal employees might give to political intelligence firms stems from public or nonpublic sources at the time of the information exchange, according to an April 4 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
In a April 5 report (.pdf), the GAO notes that the DHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs has a tribal desk designated as the lead for tribal relations and consultation. But, each departmental component is responsible for conducting its own tribal outreach, and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs lacks authority to track the effectiveness of that outreach.
Ensuring that law enforcement agencies don't unknowingly upset each other's operations when conducting a raid or sending out undercover officers requires software to deconflict those events--but the Government Accountability Office says interoperability obstacles between federal deconfliction systems persist.
It will take the Homeland Security Department between about 7 to 9 years at its current rate to complete the approval process of the security plans submitted via the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, estimates the Government Accountability Office.