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Critical infrastructure oversight agencies aren't properly reporting cybersecurity metrics, finds GAO

Most sector-specific agencies of the federal government still have significant steps to take in mitigating cybersecurity risks that face key infrastructure, according to a recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

Excess unobligated program balances were helpful during the 2013 shutdown, says GAO

While auditors may typically frown on agencies' unobligated funds exceeding balances, the practice is sometimes justifiable, and it was particularly helpful during the 2013 government shutdown,  says  an Oct. 30 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: Better use of strategic sourcing can help manage IT spending

Several major government agencies have done a better job of managing their information technology spending, but duplicative contracts continue to plague their buying power, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Census Bureau could save big by reusing information government already has, says GAO

As it gears up for the next decennial census, the Census Bureau may have found a way to save more than $1 billion by using contact information the government already has to verify the addresses of nonresponders.

GAO: USPS on-time delivery metrics lacking

The Postal Service reports that on-time delivery performance is improving, but auditors at the Government Accountability Office are skeptical because figures presented by the agency only reflect about half of the mail it processes.

GAO: FISMA compliance persistently weak across federal agencies

The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 lays out specific security controls that should be applied to federal agencies' information technology, but a new audit finds that FISMA implementation in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 by agencies was mixed.

DoD, GAO disagree on how many financial management goals the agency has met

The Defense Department has made some progress in implementing congressionally mandated financial management strategies, but there's some disagreement over how many goals the DoD has actually met, according to a Sept. 28 Government Accountability Office report.

VA needs to better select grantees for its adaptive sports program

The Veterans Affairs Department could improve how it selects organizations to take part in its adaptive sports program so more veterans participate, according to a Sept. 28 Government Accountability Office report.

FAA should further regulate the commercial spaceflight industry, says GAO

The Federal Aviation Administration shoudl issue regulations that ensure the safety of crews on commercial space flights, but needs more time to consult with industry, according to a recently released Government Accountability Office report.

EPA didn't meet its goals for grants management oversight

The Environmental Protection Agency only met two of 17 performance goals for managing billions of dollars in grant money, and for some goals, the agency didn't even measure its progress, according to a recently released Government Accountability Office report.