The Veterans Affairs Department doesn't know how much it's spending on consulting services and the Government Accountability Office couldn't find the data to tell the agency, a July 30 GAO report (.pdf) says.
Deceased farmers may have received more than $30 million from three Agriculture Department programs in recent years, the Government Accountability Office says. The bulk of these payments were crop insurance from the USDA's Risk Management Agency.
Identifying who belongs to the federal grant workforce is not straightforward, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Some agencies use grant management specialists in tandem with subject-matter experts to oversee grants, while others use subject-matter experts only.
The Commerce Department's program designed to guarantee loans for small- to mid-sized manufacturers to implement and produce innovative technology hasn't actually provided a loan since it received funding in fiscal 2012, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
A small percentage of schools received the majority of Veterans Affairs Department funding in fiscal 2011, and those schools enrolled a lower number of low-income students than most VA funded schools, a July 25 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
The Postal Service has tried to offset revenue declines and higher costs through customized pricing incentives with companies and competitive products, but that money won't likely cover sales declines in First Class and Standard Mail, a recently release June 25 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Security and Exchange Commission employees feel promotion isn't worth the hassle, a July Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. Roughly 56 percent of all staff, including nonsupervisors, supervisors and senior officers, believe pay increase to be minimal in the event of promotion. About 46 percent of nonsupervisory staff says favoritism is a factor in the promotion of staff members.
Foreign Service promotions board members don't think the promotion review process documentation is accurate or complete, a July 18 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. The State Department has made strides since a critical 2010 inspector general report (.pdf), though.
Most of the programs authorized under the America COMPETES Act were never implemented, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. The America COMPETES Act of 2007 (.pdf) and its 2010 reauthorization (.pdf) specifically authorized funding for 40 individual programs. Twelve of the programs already existed, but out of the 28 new ones, only six were funded.
The federal government has 64 percent fewer in-house printing plants today than it did in 1990, finds a July 17 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). The most significant decline comes from the Defense Department, which reported 142 printing plants in 1990 and is now down to 17 managed by the Defense Logistics Agency.