Tag Archives: GAO

GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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GAO: Federal Government Needs Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy

Federal Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, mitigate supply chain risks and address weaknesses in its information security programs to strengthen cyber and information technology management efforts. GAO issued an update in March and highlighted the need for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies to fully implement key measures to improve IT management.

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GAO: TSA Launches Efforts to Address Weaknesses Related to Pipeline Cybersecurity

Pipeline Security

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) made 15 recommendations for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to deal with weaknesses concerning its oversight of U.S. pipeline systems and found that TSA has addressed most of them, such as enhancing monitoring of security review performance, clarifying parts of its Pipeline Security Guidelines and evaluating staffing needs.

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GAO: FCC, NTIA Should Clarify Processes to Better Coordinate on Spectrum Management

Spectrum Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) develop clearly defined processes and update documents to facilitate coordination on spectrum management. GAO said in a report published Monday that are no clear processes for addressing matters when agencies cannot reach an agreement on issues related to spectrum management.

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GAO: DOD Must Reduce F-35 Costs to Achieve Affordability, Better Readiness Rates

F-35 Aircraft

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in an assessment that the Department of Defense (DOD) has improved the readiness rates of F-35 aircraft but still has more work and cost reduction to meet warfighter requirements. GAO said Wednesday that it discovered that the U.S. F-35 fleet exhibited a mission-capable rate growth from 59 to 69 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2020, a result that still falls below the military's objectives.

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GAO: Policymakers Should Support Increased Training on Use of Forensic Algorithms

Facial Recognition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has presented three possible actions policymakers can take to address challenges related to the use of forensic algorithms by law enforcement agencies and one is supporting increased training for criminal investigators and analysts. GAO noted that training on human factors could help reduce risks related to analyst error and enable users to understand and interpret the results.

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GAO Develops Framework to Guide AI Accountability

Domain-Aware

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) used input from government, industry and nonprofit experts to develop a framework on the responsible use of artificial intelligence technology. GAO said Wednesday that it held a forum to gather input on AI oversight, in addition to interviews with AI experts and federal inspector generals.

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GAO’s Gretta Goodwin: Agencies Should Monitor Employees’ Use of Facial Recognition Systems

Gretta Goodwin

Gretta Goodwin, director of Homeland Security and Justice at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said GAO assessed the use of facial recognition systems by federal law enforcement agencies and recommended that agencies should take measures to track their employees’ use of non-federal systems for criminal investigations.

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GAO: HHS Should Strengthen Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Health and Human

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilitate threat information sharing to help improve coordination and collaboration on cybersecurity efforts. GAO made the recommendation after it found that the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, one of HHS entities, does not routinely secure threat information from the Healthcare Threat Operations Center. 

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GAO: DOD Needs Data Strategies to Improve IT Acquisition Monitoring

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) to revisit its chief information officer risk ratings, improve data collection initiatives and develop data strategies for its business systems and software acquisition pathways to help enhance acquisition monitoring. Some of these changes are improving data transparency and implementing Agile software development.

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