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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: HHS fell short in building data capacity needed to share clinical effectiveness research

"HHS's approach to building data capacity for CER lacks key elements, such as defined objectives, milestones, and time frames, that are necessary to ensure effectiveness," GAO auditors found.

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 details system development fixes required to avoid another failure like the healthcare.gov launch

More than a year after the epic fail that was the launch of healthcare.gov, the Government Accountability Office says it now knows what went wrong.

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.

GAO: FAA not doing enough to protect control systems from cyber attacks

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't done enough to protect its air traffic control system from cyber attacks, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report. "Significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system," the GAO says in the report.

DoD doesn't know cost or performance of non-major acquisition programs, GAO says

The Defense Department doesn't have the information to determine the cost or performance of its non-major acquisition programs, says a March 2 Government Accountability Office report. These non-major programs, called category II and III programs, range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars, the report says.

GAO: Indian Affairs doesn't know the state of its schools across the country

The Bureau of Indian Education doesn't know the state of its schools across the country due to inaccurate or incomplete data collected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says a Feb. 27 Government Accountability Office report. GAO's investigation shows that issues with the quality of data on school conditions – such as inconsistent data entry by schools and inadequate quality controls – make determining the number of schools in poor condition difficult.

GAO reports poor visibility into IRS IT investments

Reporting on the Internal Revenue Service's information technology investments is unreliable in terms of cost, schedule and scope of performance, says the Government Accountability Office.