Meth lab incidents have declined in states that banned over-the-counter pseudoephedrine, and a new Government Accountability Office report says the available information shows no major drawbacks for consumers and healthcare providers. Pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold and allergy medications, is a precursor chemical for methamphetamine production.
Cimate change poses risks to the environment and the economy and presents a significiant financial risk to the federal government, says the Government Accountability Office, which added federal exposure to climate change to its bienially-updated list of high-risk areas. The federal government is "not well positioned to address this fiscal exposure, partly because of the complex, cross-cutting nature of the issue," the GAO says in the 2013 edition of the high-risk report (.pdf).
The Government Accountability Office has removed the Internal Revenue Service's decades-long effort to transform the technology it uses to process tax returns from its list of federal high-risk programs. The list, which GAO updates biennially, has included IRS modernization since 1995.
Although the Defense Department has improved its strategic management plan to better manage the billions of dollars it spends annually on business operations, ir still needs to incorporate some key information in order to realize the business transformation goals, says a Feb. 12 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
The Defense Department failed to properly justify 75 percent of its 8(a) sole-source contracts worth more than $20 million from March 16, 2011 to March 31, 2012, says the Government Accountability Office.
The Office of National Capital Region Coordination has been floundering in determining the effectiveness of its emergency preparedness measures, and isn't getting much help from its parent agency, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, says the Government Accountability Office.
Bomb-sniffing dogs that screen passengers aren't welcome in some of the highest-risk airports, because the airports don't think the canine teams would be able to handle a suicide bomb attempt, the Government Accountability Office says. Canine teams that screen airport passengers each cost $164,000 annually. The next most expensive canine teams are the air-cargo screeners, which cost $159,000 annually.
The Federal Communications Commission did not effectively implement appropriate information security controls in the initial components of its Enhanced Secured Network project, according to a Jan. 25 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). Part of the problem, say auditors, is that ESN was an emergency project hastily initiated by the FCC to improve its computer security by implementing enhanced security controls to defend against cyber attacks.
Nearly two-thirds of services from the Broadcasting Board of Governors that produce specific language and regional content overlap with other BBG programs that service the same countries in the same languages, says the government accountability office. The report found that 23 instances of overlap involving 43 of BBG's 69 services and says "almost all overlapping services also broadcast on the same platform," typically radio or television.
Interagency contract use at the Defense Department is inconsistent because the department has not made updates required by a new procurement framework for such contract vehicles, says the Government Accountability Office.