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GAO: USPS could save billions by eliminating door-to-door delivery

The Postal Service could save billions of dollars by ending door-to-door delivery and dropping mail curbside or at centralized community mailboxes, a May 12 Government Accountability Office report says. For fiscal 2012, USPS estimated annual costs of about $380 per delivery for door delivery, compared with about $240 for delivery to the curb, and about $170 for delivery to a central location, the report says.

GAO takes issue with Social Security's IT modernization efforts

As the Social Security Administration modernizes its aging information technology systems it hasn't adhered to management controls, measured project performance or adjusted human capital plans accordingly,  says  a May 8 Government Accountability Office report.

Some colleges pester vets, provide misleading loan information, GAO says

The Veterans Affairs Department should increase efforts to help veterans in choosing colleges because some institutions are pressuring veterans to enroll and providing them with false information about student debt, a May 13 Government Accountability Office report says. Almost a quarter of veterans surveyed reported receiving unwanted school contacts and said they felt the contacts they received from schools were excessive.

GAO sides with agencies on unrealistic guidance for major IT projects

It's unrealistic for agencies working on major information technology projects to produce functional parts of those projects every six months, as required by the Office of Management and Budget, says a report from the Government Accountability Office.

GSA undercharging agencies for fuel of leased vehicles

The General Services Administration undercharged other agencies for fuel on leased vehicles, often letting them pay less than the amount of fuel used, a May 7 Government Accountability Office report says. Under GSA's leasing-rate structure, fuel costs are covered by a monthly fee based on miles traveled and average fuel cost, but not on actual fuel used.

Avoid single-bid procurements by engaging early with industry, GAO says

Reaching out to industry early in the procurement process can prevent situations where only one vendor bids on a contract that is supposed to be competitively awarded, the Government Accountability Office says.

OPM hasn't demonstrated its Innovation Lab's value, GAO says

The Office of Personnel Management hasn't demonstrated its Innovation Lab's value because it hasn't laid out performance targets, a recently released Government Accountability Report says. OPM started its Innovation Lab in March 2012 to provide federal workers with a space to use advanced technology in problem solving as way to develop new services, products and processes.

TSA drops the ball on checkpoint screening drills

Nearly half the airports with advanced imaging machines, which scan passengers for nonmetallic threats, reported no checkpoint drill results at all from March 2011 through February 2013.

DoD can't assess whether certain Tricare recipients get adequate care, GAO says

The Defense Department hasn't been able to effectively assess whether military personnel covered under certain types of Tricare health coverage have access to care, an April 28 Government Accountability Office report says. The DoD provides health coverage to active duty and retired military personnel through several types of Tricare programs. Those who choose Tricare Prime must enroll, but those who don't enroll can obtain care under TRICARE Standard, Extra or Reserve Select.

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.