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GAO: DHS Needs Policy to Document Basis for Extremism Prevention Grant Awards

Department of

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a policy to record the rationale for award decisions with regard to Countering Violent Extremism grant programs. DHS should also initiate steps to ensure that CVE grantees gather and submit project performance data to assess whether individual grant recipients and the overall program achieve the intended outcomes.

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GAO Releases Updated Technology Assessment Design Handbook

Technology Assessment

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued an updated handbook that provides users with tools and key considerations when designing technology assessments. The Technology Assessment Design Handbook offers information on three general design stages: determine the scope; develop initial design; and implement design. The handbook also lists seven cross-cutting considerations when designing a TA. 

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GAO: VA Should Address Existing Test Findings Prior to EHR System Deployment in New Locations

Electronic Health Record

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress implementing its electronic health record (EHR) system by performing end-user training, creating system interfaces and capabilities and making system configuration decisions, among other efforts. On Oct. 24, VA fielded its EHR platform in Spokane, Washington, with zero critical severity test findings. 

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MDA Announces New Approach to Manage Ground-based Midcourse Defense

Vice Adm. Jon Hill

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has reported the need for a new approach to managing the ground-based, anti-missile system to protect the nation. Vice Adm. Jon Hill, MDA director, reported that the increased competition has required the agency to increase innovation and new solutions for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD). 

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GAO: DOD Must Assess Impact of Fixed-Price-Incentive Contracts on Major Acquisition Programs

Major Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must evaluate its use of fixed-price-incentive (FPI) awards for major programs including the procurement of key weapons systems. GAO analyzed the DOD’s contracts for 101 MDAPs in FY 2010 through 2019 as part of the study.

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GAO: DOE Must Align Goals, Implement Performance Metrics for Tech Transfer Initiatives

Small Business

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified three barriers to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) transition of project funding to the private sector and recommends the department to establish performance goals and metrics for technology transfers. The department collates DOE-wide technology transfer data such as the number of patents and licenses every year, GAO noted.

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GAO: NIH Awarded Most SBIR Funding to Venture-Backed Companies in FY 19-20

SBIR Funding

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the departments of the Navy and Education awarded $31.6 million in obligations to nontraditional companies in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The three agencies issued a total of 45 SBIR awards in a push to drive innovation and research in topic areas that have seen limited private funding, the watchdog noted.

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GAO: State Dept Should Use Data, Evidence to Back Proposal to Establish Cyber Bureau

State Department

A congressional report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the State Department use evidence and data to support its proposed plan to set up the bureau of cyberspace security and emerging technologies (CSET) in order to enable the new office to establish priorities and allocate resources to meet its goals. 

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GAO: FAA Should Provide Stakeholders With More Info on Drone Traffic Mgmt System Implementation

Drone Traffic Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provide public and industry stakeholders in the unmanned aircraft systems market with additional data about its efforts to help the latter better align their activities with FAA plans for implementing a drone traffic management system. FAA is working with NASA and other stakeholders to advance UTM development. 

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House Democrats Want GAO to Investigate Federal Energy Conservation Practices, Challenges

Energy Conservation

Four House Democratic have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine forces that prevent federal agencies from implementing building energy and water efficiency measures that support U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The letter was signed by Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.; Frank Pallone, D-N.J.; Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; and Bobby Bush, D-Ill.

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