Veterans Affairs medical centers didn't properly review incidents where patients were injured due to a doctor's intervention, a Dec. 3 Government Accountability Office report says. When a medical provider injures a patient, a confidential protected review is done to evaluate the role of individual providers in the event, the report says.
Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.
A new, centralized way for the Federal Reserve to manage coin circulation meant to improve efficiency actually increased costs, a recently released Oct. 28 Government Accountability Office report says.
The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.
The Energy Department didn't ensure that the full costs of work done for other organizations by national laboratories were reimbursed, resulting in a $400,000 loss between 2008 and 2012, a recently released Oct. 23 Government Accountability Office report says.
Some allegations by immigrants in detention that they had been sexually assaulted were not passed along to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters as required.
Federal agencies and private companies alike have found that employee buy-in is key for transitions to nontraditional office environments, the Government Accountability Office says. Before the Internal Revenue Service implemented a new workspace plan in 2012, it worked with its leadership and union to help employees understand the need for the changes.
A Homeland Security Department plan to complete an incremental, component-by-component modernization of financial management systems by fiscal 2018 is under a tight schedule, said Chip Fulgham, the department's acting chief financial officer.
There is no evidence that the Transportation Security Administration's behavior detection program works, the Government Accountability Office says.
It can be difficult to connect sequestration to specific impacts at the Defense Department with so many other variables at play, the Government Accountability Office says. For the first half of fiscal 2013, before sequestration went into effect, DoD was operating under a continuing resolution, which already affected its budget authority and flexibility, the GAO notes in a Nov. 7 report.