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Thousands of employees on paid administrative leave costing government millions

Thousands of federal employees are being kept on administrative leave while they await rulings on misconduct, an Oct. 17 Government Accountability Office report says. Over a three years period that the GAO analyzed, more than 57,000 federal workers were place on administrative leave for at least a month.

GAO: Agencies not taking advantage of market research on lower dollar contracts

Federal agencies are taking advantage of market research for big dollar procurements, but are missing those opportunities for smaller contracts, an Oct. 9 Government Accountability Office report says. All 28 contracts GAO reviewed included some evidence of the market research conducted. The contracts GAO reviewed were pulled from the Defense Department, Homeland Security Department, Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department.

GAO: Most voters have ID, but turnout remains largely unchanged

Most registered voters have the state-issued identification they need to cast ballots, but that doesn't always improve voter turnout, an audit found. The Government Accountability Office's audit (pdf), dated Sept. 19, looked at 10 studies of voter ID requirements in Kansas and Tennessee, which changed their rules between the 2008 and 2012 elections, and four states-- Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware and Maine-- that did not make changes.

GAO: Most voter jurisdictions didn't collect wait time data

More than three-quarters of jurisdictions across the United States didn't collect data that would allow them to assess voter wait times, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO was tasked with figuring out how long voters has to wait at in the 10,500 local election jurisdictions across the country.

GAO: Census bureau not properly documenting address collection costs

The Census Bureau isn't properly documenting costs and quality of support for how it collects address and maps data from state and local governments as well as from other federal agencies and commercial vendors, an Oct. Government Accountability Office report says. The GAO says a complete and accurate list is key to a successful census, but developing such a list is costly and labor intensive.

GAO: BOP needs to reduce costs, could use legislative help

The Bureau of Prisons isn't doing enough to reduce its costs related to salaries and benefits of its correctional officers, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. But it's hands are tied by legislative inaction in some instances. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of 216,000 federal inmates. That's nine times more inmates than BOP had in 1980, the report says.

GAO: Effect of performance information on feds' decisions stagnates

Performance information's effect on federal managers' decision-making has remained largely unchanged in six years, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between 2007 and 2013, the government's overall score for using such information went from 3.46 to 3.41, the Sept. 26 report (pdf) says. It's based on the latest performance information index, which GAO uses to monitor implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 at.

Some agencies report limited or no savings from data center consolidation

Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency. 

GAO notes progress, room for improvement at scandalized DHS inspector general's office

Congressional investigators found that the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general is taking positive steps to improve an image tarnished by former Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards, but it can do more to address concerns about the integrity and independence of its office.

GAO: DOL needs to better oversee grant process for international child labor aid

The Labor Department needs to better oversee grant monitoring in its program to help prevent child labor across the world, a Sept. 24 Government Accountability Office report says. The DOL uses appropriated funding for grants to improve working conditions by supporting worker rights and combating child labor, mainly through international and nongovernmental organizations.