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GAO: VA Denver facilities costs doubled since 2004

Construction costs for a major veteran medical facility in Denver have nearly doubled and the opening of the facility has been pushed back more than a year because of changes in the scope of the project, an April 22 Government Accountability Office report says. The Denver Veterans Affairs Department medical center was supposed to cost about $328 million when construction started in 2004, but as of November 2012 that number increased to $800 million, the report says.

IRS customer service wait times doubled since 2009

In fiscal 2014, through March 15, the average time that callers waited to reach an IRS representative was 16.8 minutes. For fiscal 2009 in its entirety, callers waited 8.8 minutes on average.

Independent tax preparers made significant errors and IRS can't regulate them, GAO says

Independent tax return preparers made a lot of mistakes on individuals' returns in 2011 and the Internal Revenue Service has little authority to regulate those tax return preparers, an April 8 Government Accountability Office report says.

SEC financial system went live with security issues

An important Securities and Exchange Commission financial system went live last summer before a contractor completed necessary security tasks, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Auditors don't specify the "key financial system" or the required security tasks in an April 17  report, which says the SEC neglected to scrutinize its contractor's work.

About 40 percent of DoD contracts in fiscal 2013 were noncompetitive

About 40 percent of all contracts awarded by the Defense Department in fiscal 2013 were through noncompetitive contracts, says an April 16 Government Accountability Office report. With those contracts, the DoD tends to bundle them under a class justifcation rather than justifying why there was no competition for each contract, the report says.

IT security controls at IRS endanger taxpayer data, says GAO

Information security controls at the Internal Revenue Service are so deficient the confidentiality, integrity and availability of taxpayer data is at risk,  finds  the Government Accountability Office in an April 8 report.

GAO outlines rampant duplication across government programs

A new Government Accountability Office report shows duplication runs rampant at government agencies with 10 programs addressing AIDS in minority communities and eight Defense Department programs dealing with prisoners of war. The April 8 report, now in its fourth year, outlines 11 areas of duplication across the government.

Agencies failed to assess security risks at federal facilities, GAO says

Agencies with large property holdings are failing to assess security risks at their combined 52,000 facilities across the country, a recently released Government Accountability Office report says.

Centers for manufacturing emergency influenza vaccine ready in next few years

One of three organizations hired by the Health and Human Services Department for surge vaccine production in the event of a pandemic should be running at full capacity within three years, department officials say.

GAO worried about pace of 2020 Census technology plans

A review of the technology projects the Census Bureau is preparing for its 2020 population count left the Government Accountability Office concerned about their prospects for timely completion.