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GAO: NASA major project cost overruns increased, but were relatively low

The cost of NASA's major projects have increased over the last year, but the growth in costs was relatively low compared to historic levels, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: NNSA has spent millions more than estimated to clean up Los Alamos National Laboratory

The amount of money needed to clean up radioactive material at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is rising and more cost overruns are expected, says a Government Accountability Office report released March 23.

Budget constraints keep DOE from disposing of degrading nuclear facilities, GAO says

The Energy Department's office responsible for disposing of degrading nuclear facilities are not able to clean up those sites because of budget constraints, says a March 19 Government Accountability Office report. 

GAO: DoD didn't fully consider underreporting in sexual assault numbers

The Defense Department hasn't done a good job of understanding the underreporting of male sexual assault in the services, says a March 19 Government Accountability Office report.

DoD and HUD don't know if homeless program at former military bases is working

The Defense and Housing and Urban Development departments don't know if they're helping the homeless find shelter at converted military bases because they don't track the data, says a March 16 Government Accountability Office report.

Improper payments increase after three years of declines

After several years of declining improper payments, federal agencies saw a $19 billion increase, according to testimony at a March 16 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

GAO: OMB conference spending policies caused decline in DOE and DoD conference attendance

New conference rules, adopted in response to spending scandals over the last few years, caused a decline in attendance at federal science and technology conferences, says a March 4 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: Agencies need to better use probationary period to help or remove struggling new hires

In fiscal 2013, agencies fired about 3,500 employees for poor performance or conduct with most of them let go during the probationary period for new employees, which was put in place in 1978 to make it easier to fire new hires who are unqualified.

GAO: DOJ closed 70% of whistleblower cases within a year

The Justice Department closed about 70 percent of its whistleblower retaliation complaints within a year, but it took years to close the rest, according to Government Accountability Office testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The DOJ closed 44 of 62 Federal Bureau of Investigations whistleblower retaliation cases within a year.

GAO: Government addressed 30% of GAO recs over the last 4 years

Congress and the agencies addressed about 30 percent of the problems the Government Accountability Office identified over the last four years, says a March 4 GAO report. Since its 2011 annual report, GAO identified about 440 actions that needed to be taken across 180 areas. The issues span the range of government services and programs, from the Medicare and Medicaid programs to transportation programs to weapon systems acquisitions, the report says.