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Healthcare.gov privacy and security vulnerabilities unresolved, says GAO

Some security and privacy weaknesses that were part of healthcare.gov's initial deployment remain unresolved, finds the Government Accountability Office. While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has addressed some of the issues with the site, it hasn't fully mitigated all of them, says the watchdog.

GAO: Contracting officers not monitoring 8(a) subcontracting limits

Contracting officers aren't collecting information on the amount of work subcontractors are doing for prime small business contractors with set aside contracts, a Sept. 16 Government Accountability Office report says. Small Businesses Administration's 8(a) program, is meant to help developing small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals get contracts with the federal government through set asides.

VA lacks understanding of civilian adjustment, finds GAO

Although the Veterans Affairs Department lists veteran wellness and economic security as a strategic objective, the department lacks information to assess its ability to meet that goal,  finds  a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report. Veterans readjusting to civilian life often face employment challenges, relationship difficulties, homelessness or substance abuse, say auditors.

Report: IGs want more freedom and fewer congressional mandates

Congressionally mandated investigations like those concerning conference spending are burdening agency inspectors general, preventing them from diving into in-depth work that focuses on more nefarious behavior, says a Sept. 15 report by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company.

GAO: Agencies not transparent about what makes new rules significant

Agencies aren't doing enough to make clear the importance of new proposed rules during the rulemaking process, a Sept. 11 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO's review found that for the majority of the 109 significant rules reviewed, the rulemaking process is not as transparent as it could be.

GAO: OPM needs to better track outdated federal job classifications

The Office of Personnel Management needs better data and tracking to figure out which federal job classifications are outdated, a Sept. 2 Government Accountability Office report says. "Classifying occupations and developing position descriptions in the GS system requires officials to maintain an understanding of the individual position and the nuances between similar occupations," the report says.

CRS: FEMA needs better performance measures for national preparedness

The Congressional Research Service questioned whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency has done enough to prepare for risks to national security in an Aug. 12 report archived by the Federation of American Scientists. The CRS brief doesn't supply any answers or suggestions but rather lays out questions it thinks should be answered after reading FEMA's National Preparedness Report.

GAO: GSA needs to better target buildings used for construction swaps

The General Services Administration needs to better target the buildings it uses in swap-construction exchanges, a recently released July 24 Government Accountability Office report. GSA has completed two swap-construction exchanges in which the agency exchanges title to federal property for constructed assets or construction services, such as renovation work, the report says.

GAO: State staffing reductions allow for more food stamp fraud

As federal food stamp beneficiaries increase, state-based offices investigating program fraud are being reduced, making it difficult to combat the abuse, an Aug. 21 Government Accountability Office report says. In fiscal year 2013, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits, the report says.

GAO: CMS needs to improve guidance to contractors performing post payment reviews

Medicare could catch more duplicative payments if it improved post payment reviews done by independent contractors, a recently released July 18 Government Accountability Office report says. The GAO says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doesn't have the information it needs to know whether contractors are conducting inappropriate duplicative claims reviews because CMS doesn't adequately monitor data on the contractors.