The Labor Department didn't properly lay out how its Job Corps program should implement millions of dollars in budget cuts and transfers in 2011 and 2012, says a Jan. 22 Government Accountability Office report.
The Defense Department doesn't know if it employs the appropriate number of workers at headquarters because it doesn't determine personnel requirements as part of a systematic process and procedures aren't in place to make sure the department assesses its personnel needs periodically, says a Jan. 21 Government Accountability report.
Citizens can sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the agency doesn't implement new rules under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act by a certain deadline, but the Government Accountability Office says the lawsuits rarely push the rulemaking process along.
The Social Security Administration doesn't know whether private organizations that help individuals get disability and social security payouts are following program rules, says a recently released Dec. 3 Government Accountability report. Representatives from private organizations help individuals apply for Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance from the SSA.
The Office of Personnel Management is not closely tracking the trends or reasons for using its dual compensation waiver and OPM regulations provide limited oversight of the practice, according to a Dec. 29, 2014 Government Accountability Office report that was not issued publicly until Jan. 5.
One Government Accountability Office employee has received worker's compensation for 30 years without the agency noticing, says a recently released Dec. 18 GAO inspector general report. The GAO IG requested a copy of the compensation case file for an employee that had been receiving worker's compensation from the agency since 1984, but the GAO Human Capital Office couldn't find it, the report (pdf) says.
The Defense Department doesn't know if its testing ranges are vulnerable to foreign spying, a Dec. 16 Government Accountability Office report says. "DOD has not conducted a risk assessment that includes assessing the degree to which foreign encroachment could pose a threat to the mission of the ranges," the GAO report says.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's overall cost estimating procedures do not create reliable cost estimates, a recently released Dec. 12 Government Accountability Office report says. While some of the NRC's cost estimation procedures incorporate best practices, the agency isn't doing enough to make sure the cost estimates are accurate, the report says.
Despite NASA reporting the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, will launch as planned in October 2018, the Government Accountability Office says one of the agency's most complex and expensive projects in NASA history faces increased schedule and cost risks.
Still basking in the success of last week's Orion space launch, NASA officials were brought back to Earth with Government Accountability Office testimony that says NASA still faces incredible technical and financial challenges in its mission to put a person on Mars. In Dec. 10 testimony, GAO space expert Cristina Chaplain says the mission to put a person on Mars has been hampered by unrealistic and inconsistent goals as well as significant funding issues.