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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.

GAO: DoD successful in base support consolidation, but still faces challenges

After the Government Accountability Office designated Defense Department support infrastructure a high-risk area for efficiency, the DoD consolidated 80 percent of installation support operations, but faced some challenges, a Sept. 19 Government Accountability Office report says. In 2005, the DoD recommended to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission combining 26 installations into 12 joint bases to generate efficiencies and cost savings, initially estimated to be $2.3 billion, the report says.

GAO: VHA drastically underestimated demand of caregiver support program

The Veterans Health Administration significantly underestimated the demand for caregiver training services when it implement its family caregiver program and had trouble handling the training workload, a Sept. 18 Government Accountability Office report says.

Healthcare.gov privacy and security vulnerabilities unresolved, says GAO

Some security and privacy weaknesses that were part of healthcare.gov's initial deployment remain unresolved, finds the Government Accountability Office. While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has addressed some of the issues with the site, it hasn't fully mitigated all of them, says the watchdog.

GAO: Contracting officers not monitoring 8(a) subcontracting limits

Contracting officers aren't collecting information on the amount of work subcontractors are doing for prime small business contractors with set aside contracts, a Sept. 16 Government Accountability Office report says. Small Businesses Administration's 8(a) program, is meant to help developing small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals get contracts with the federal government through set asides.

VA lacks understanding of civilian adjustment, finds GAO

Although the Veterans Affairs Department lists veteran wellness and economic security as a strategic objective, the department lacks information to assess its ability to meet that goal,  finds  a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report. Veterans readjusting to civilian life often face employment challenges, relationship difficulties, homelessness or substance abuse, say auditors.

Report: IGs want more freedom and fewer congressional mandates

Congressionally mandated investigations like those concerning conference spending are burdening agency inspectors general, preventing them from diving into in-depth work that focuses on more nefarious behavior, says a Sept. 15 report by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company.

GAO: Agencies not transparent about what makes new rules significant

Agencies aren't doing enough to make clear the importance of new proposed rules during the rulemaking process, a Sept. 11 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO's review found that for the majority of the 109 significant rules reviewed, the rulemaking process is not as transparent as it could be.

GAO: OPM needs to better track outdated federal job classifications

The Office of Personnel Management needs better data and tracking to figure out which federal job classifications are outdated, a Sept. 2 Government Accountability Office report says. "Classifying occupations and developing position descriptions in the GS system requires officials to maintain an understanding of the individual position and the nuances between similar occupations," the report says.

CRS: FEMA needs better performance measures for national preparedness

The Congressional Research Service questioned whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency has done enough to prepare for risks to national security in an Aug. 12 report archived by the Federation of American Scientists. The CRS brief doesn't supply any answers or suggestions but rather lays out questions it thinks should be answered after reading FEMA's National Preparedness Report.