Being able to spot duplicative information technology projects in and among agencies was a key reason for the federal enterprise architecture initiative launched by the Office of Management and Budget in February 2002--but more than a decade later the Government Accountability Office says a limited review of agency IT projects turned up $321 million worth of spending on potentially duplicative projects over a 6 year period.
The Federal Aviation Administration only uses a building's age to determine its condition which makes for "substantial errors" as to whether a facility needs repair, a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. In 2012, a consultant for the ATO developed the statistical model based on inspection results of 134 inspected facilities. The model "uses one variable--age of the facility--to estimate the facility's condition," the GAO report says.
The National Archives and Records Administration doesn't know where all agencies store their physical records, the Government Accountability Office says. NARA has tried to gather that information, but not all agencies submitted it. The data that NARA has received is mostly from 2008 and 2009 and is now outdated, the GAO says in a report (.pdf) released Sept. 10.
Several departments underspent on small business programs for the commercialization of research and development because they left out entire component agencies from the calculations used to fund the programs, the GAO says. Under two federal programs, agencies must spend a certain percentage of their outside research and development funding on small businesses R&D efforts that align with federal priorities.
Ineffective risk management is impairing progress towards audit-ready financial statements at the Defense Department, says the Government Accountability Office. Specifically, auditors take (.pdf) the...
The Veterans Affairs Department Office of General Counsel is not properly accrediting personnel whose job it is to help veterans or their family members file claims for VA benefits, says the Government Accountability Office report (.pdf)
The Postal service will add leased vehicle to its fleet because the agency doesn't have the money to purchase new vehicle, an Aug. 16 USPS posting on the FedBizOpps website says. The move to leased vehicles is a shift for the agency, which currently owns nearly all of its vehicles.
Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency state offices didn't properly review tax returns or keep complete records of federal farm program particpants which led to improper payments to ineligible participants, an Aug. 29 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. For each farm assistance program participant in 2009 and 2010, state offices were to maintain a file containing copies of complete tax returns, copies of the original self-certification forms submitted by the participant and calculation worksheets for average farm income and nonfarm income, among other documents, the report says.
Integrity training for Customs and Border Protection employees is routine and standardized, though it's not yet part of a formal strategy that CBP called for in 2009, the Government Accountability Office says.
The Army and Marine Corps consider safety and mission when deciding to use live or simulation-based training, but cost is a much fuzzier factor in the services' decisions, finds an Aug. 22 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). Auditors report that the Army and Marine Corps lack key performance and cost information that would inform decisions on the appropriate mix of training and prioritizing training investments.