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Impacts of sequestration not easily traced

It can be difficult to connect sequestration to specific impacts at the Defense Department with so many other variables at play, the Government Accountability Office says. For the first half of fiscal 2013, before sequestration went into effect, DoD was operating under a continuing resolution, which already affected its budget authority and flexibility, the GAO notes in a Nov. 7 report.

DoD needs better performance goals for military healthcare overhaul, GAO says

Without more clear and complete performance goals in the Defense Department's plan to reform the Military Health System, DoD won't be able to identify areas of risk to be monitored when implementing the new system, a Nov. 6 Government Accountability report says.

One agency has fulfilled PortfolioStat's requirements so far

Only one agency--the Education Department--has met all the requirements the Office of Management and Budget established for the PortfolioStat process, a Government Accountability Office report says.

Agencies ignoring OMB requirement for more IT spending analysis

When it comes to agency information technology management the Office of Management and Budget can mandate things--but that doesn't mean that the agencies will do them.

DHS failing to help its components collaborate

The components of the Homeland Security Department have worked to collaborate despite their misaligned field office structures, but the department leadership has neglected to help, the Government Accountability Office says. Each component brought its own field structure and geographic regions to DHS, complicating situations where they need to collaborate.

SBIR data rights policy under review

The Small Business Administration plans to update its data rights policies under the Small Business Innovation Research program in late 2013 or early 2014, the Government Accountability Office says. An SBA spokesman could not offer details other than to say that the government shutdown in October delayed the revision process.

VA contracts with non-VA medical providers lacked performance requirements, GAO says

Some Veterans Affairs contracts with non-VA medical providers didn't contain specific performance requirements and contracting officer representatives didn't have time to monitor the contracts due to other duties, an Oct. 31 Government Accountability Office report says.

Thousands of feds with security clearance owe back taxes, GAO says

More than 8,000 federal employees and contractors approved for security clearances between 2012 owed back taxes totaling $85 million, a recently released Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report says. The GAO says 8,400 federal workers and contractors with clearance owed back taxes and about half of them had not worked out a repayment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, the report says. Of those that owed back taxes, 4,700 were directly employed by the federal government and the rest were contractors.

Coordination trouble for DHS workers abroad

In one instance of failed coordination, domestic DHS personnel took down a communication link used by a group a criminals that they didn't realize law enforcement officers abroad were monitoring. The department's personnel in the country in question told GAO that they could have prevented the mishap if their domestic counterparts had consulted with them.

Apathetic feds hinder emergency preparation

Apathy in some cases went beyond a lack of interest to include employees who were unwilling to participate in emergency drills. Agencies also reported struggling to find volunteers to help lead evacuations. Some employees preferred to keep working during drills, and some failed to report to the assembly area, instead using the drill as a chance to leave for a coffee break.