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Report: CBP must improve trusted-traveler enrollment application processing to delete backlog

With the popularity of trusted-traveler programs that expedite processing at various U.S. ports of entry soaring in recent years, Customs and Border Protection officials are having a harder time keeping pace with enrollment into the programs, according to a  report  by the investigative arm of Congress.

GAO: Most VA leased facilities were delayed or ran over cost

The majority of the Veterans Affairs Department's leased outpatient facilities were delayed or ran over cost because the VA provided project requirements late, a recently released April 30 Government Accountability Office report says. VA generally provides inpatient care at medical facilities owned by the federal government, but they provide outpatient care at leased facilities.

Agencies fail to consistently apply cyber response practices

Across the board, major federal agencies are not consistently responding to cyber incidents, such as computer network breaches. About 65 percent of the time agencies aren't completely documenting actions taken in response to detected incidents, concludes the Government Accountability Office.

GAO: Army using various competitive methods to help modernize tactical networking systems

Congressional investigators found that the Army is using various competitive strategies to reach out to private industry in an effort to modernize its tactical communications and information networks.

As FEMA, FTA both fund disaster recovery, report warns of confusion

Transit agencies applying for federal funds to rebuild after future disasters may be confused as to whether to seek it from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Federal Transit Administration, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

GAO: Sequestration significantly reduced services provided by agencies

Sequestration in fiscal 2013 significantly reduced services provided by federal agencies, including public housing assistance, border inspections and military training. The Defense Department reported that canceled or limited military training and readiness activities due to sequestration could increase the number of non-deployable units, decrease surge capacity to meet additional requirements with ready forces and lead to skills gaps, a May 28 Government Accountability Office report says.

OMB resists call to lead on underused software licenses

The lack of Office of Management and Budget guidance on managing software licenses drew criticism from the Government Accountability Office in a recent report, but OMB says it has done enough.

GAO: Contractor suspensions and debarments have doubled over the last 4 years

The number of contractor suspensions and debarments governmentwide have doubled since fiscal 2009 because agencies have developed better management tools and a more active referral process, a May 21 Government Accountability Office report says.

House committee passes bill to centralize postal delivery

A House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would bring mail delivery from the door to centralized drop off spots, which could save the Postal Service billions. The bill (H.R. 4670) was passed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as a piecemeal provision in lieu of more comprehensive postal reform which has stalled several times over the last year.

13 months after deadly Texas fertilizer explosion, safety coordination still in the works

Nine months after President Obama directed agencies to collaborate on the safety risks associated with ammonium nitrate, the agencies involved are trying to figure out how to share information, says a Government Accountability Office report.