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Feds Not Sure How to Limit Drugs in Water, GAO Says

Federal regulators charged with limiting prescription drugs in drinking water still are not sure which drugs pose risks to human health, according to a government audit released Thursday. In its 57-page report, the Government Accountability Office said there was a lack of coordination among federal agencies to identify drugs appearing …

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10 Years Post-9/11, GAO Says DHS Needs to Do More

Homeland security has significantly improved in the ten years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, but a government audit released Wednesday says the Homeland Security Department still has gaps. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro released the Government Accountability Office’s findings at a Senate hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and …

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Pensions Face Risks When Using Hedge Funds, GAO Report Says

Hedge funds and private equity investments pose a number of risks and challenges beyond those posed by traditional investments, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. In its 17-page report, GAO found the share of large plans with hedge fund investments grew from 11 percent in 2001 to …

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Forest Service Decentralized After Centralizing IT

The Forest Service centralized IT in the early 2000s in an effort to streamline and reduce cost of IT operations, but the resulting self-service approach at field units led to IT trouble-shooting decentralization, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Aug. 25. Instead of relying on a local field …

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EEOC & OPM Vow Equal Pay Enforcement in Letter

Equal pay laws for federal employees will be rigorously enforced, says an Aug. 18 letter from both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Personnel Management. A 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office found the gender wage gap for federal employees declined from 28 cents on the …

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FDIC Must Improve Financial Data Protection, GAO Report Says

The agency responsible for protecting deposits in U.S. banks has weak information security controls, threatening the security of financial data, a Government Accountability Office report says. The report, published Aug. 12, examined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s controls designed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its financial systems …

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GAO Plans Early Exits for Employees

The Government Accountability Office is now the latest agency trying to reduce its workforce by offering early retirements and buyouts. GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro announced the plans Aug. 8 in a memo to all agency employees. The early retirement offers are a certainty and the buyouts are conditional upon …

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Agencies Must Improve Contract Plans, Report Says

Federal agencies do not always take advantage of acquisition planning, leading to late contract awards and cost overruns, a Government Accountability Office report says. For its report released Aug. 9, the GAO surveyed the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, NASA and the Agency for International Development. …

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GAO Report: State’s Info Security Program Limited

The State Department has developed a system for identifying and prioritizing information security risks but it does not paint a complete picture, a Government Accountability Office report said. The department developed iPost, a program providing continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk. The department also developed a scoring system for …

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Lawmakers Question Govt. Leasing Costs

The amount of space the federal government leases should be reduced, but the current lease-scoring system hinders such efforts, a Government Accountability Office report says. The Washington Business Journal reports a Senate subcommittee met Thursday to discuss the findings with GAO officials. The 1990 Budget Enforcement Act requires agencies to …

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