In a Thursday announcement, Gene L. Dodaro, comptroller general of the U.S. and head of the Government Accountability Office, said two areas have been added to the agency’s high risk list, climate change and mitigating gaps in weather satellite data, according to an agency statement.
“I am pleased that the High Risk List continues to bring about progress in addressing problem areas across government, as was evident in the two areas dropped from our 2013 list,” Dodaro said.
The 30 programs and operations on the list are at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement or needing broad-based transformation.
The list is used in setting oversight agendas and tailoring agency-specific offerings. It has also lead to developing broader government-wide initiatives.
According to GAO, they “added this area because the federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure presented by climate change and needs a government-wide strategic approach with strong leadership to manage related risks.”