Medicare could catch more duplicative payments if it improved post payment reviews done by independent contractors, a recently released July 18 Government Accountability Office report says. The GAO says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doesn't have the information it needs to know whether contractors are conducting inappropriate duplicative claims reviews because CMS doesn't adequately monitor data on the contractors.
The Defense Department isn't promoting utility programs that would reduce electricity use in its buildings during peak hours, a recently released July 11 Government Accountability Office report says. Private electric grid operators offer demand-response programs that provide customers with financial incentives to reduce power use during periods of peak demand, the report says.
The Defense Department could save millions if it cut an outdated healthcare program that's already covered under its Tricare system, a July 31 Government Accountability Office report says. The U.S. Family Health Plan--an association of six health care providers that offers healthcare plans to about 134,000 active duty members--duplicates many of the services that Tricare provides, the report says.
The government's data on its own property wasn't sufficiently reliable to supper good decisions about excess and underutilized property, Government Accountability Office July 29 prepared testimony says. The Federal Real Property Council had not ensured that key data elements of the Federal Real Property Profile were defined and reported consistently and accurately, the testimony says.
More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearance owe back taxes, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GAO found that about 83,000 DoD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012, the report says.
NASA planned to get a new space launch system off the ground by 2017, but it doesn't have the $12 million to do it, a July 23 Government Accountability Office report says. The space agency is at high risk of missing its planned December 2017 test flight, the report says. Currently NASA is about $400 million short of funding for the project and NASA told the GAO there was a 90 percent chance of not hitting the launch date at this time.
The Defense Department didn't address all of its reporting requirements for its workforce plan, including assessments of critical skills and competencies, a July 9 Government Accountability Office report says.
The Internal Revenue Service overpaid some employees because the agency didn't properly check time cards, a July 2 Government Accountability Office report says. During the GAO's fiscal year 2013 audit, it found instances in which IRS employees submitted improper time cards and, as a result, received excess pay, the report says.
Defense Department officials have begun to observe real impacts of climate change on military facilities, but poor planning and processes leave the department ill-equipped to protect infrastructure that may be at risk, says the Government Accountability Office.
Even federal agencies that are considered small – those with 6,000 employees or less – can face major cybersecurity risks, but a recent Government Accountability Office report finds policy gaps leave them largely unprepared.