Tag Archives: Government Accountability Office

GAO: DIA Needs Robust Stakeholder Engagement Plan for Intell Repository Modernization Program

Defense

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to establish a strategy for coordinating with the intelligence community and other stakeholders on the development of its new data-management system. GAO said Thursday that DIA is yet to provide a plan for ongoing stakeholder coordination in line with the development of the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS). 

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Report: GAO Helped Federal Agencies Generate $77.6B in FY 2020 Savings

FY2020 Savings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report saying it helped the federal government saved $77.6 billion in spending in fiscal year 2020. The figure represents a return of $114 for every dollar Congress invested in GAO. GAO said it has helped agencies make 1,132 improvements in government operations. 

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GAO: DoD Must Improve Cost Documentation

Cost Documentation

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to establish formal procedures for standardizing cost documentation in line with the department’s reform efforts. According to GAO, the DoD's push to improve its baselines “shows promise in addressing the weaknesses” in the department’s cost documentation activities. 

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GAO: Knowledge-Based Practices, Competition Could Help MDA Address GMD Acquisition Challenges

MDA

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has listed several practices the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) could implement to address acquisition challenges with regard to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Those key practices include using knowledge-based acquisition practices; involving stakeholders early and often; promoting oversight and competition; and conducting robust testing. 

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GAO: FAA Must Update Approach to Avionics Cybersecurity Oversight

Avionics Cybersecurity

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to strengthen its oversight of cybersecurity in aircraft and avionics systems. GAO said that although “extensive cybersecurity controls” are in place, the FAA needs to consider the emerging threat landscape and increasing connections between airplanes and various systems.

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GAO: 24 Agencies Offer Public Access to Federal Data Inventories

Federal Data Strategy

Twenty-four federal organizations covered by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act post data on public facing websites and in an online federal repository to comply with transparency requirements under the OPEN Government Data Act, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says. GAO reported those agencies also released datasets about the COVID-19 pandemic

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GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

5G

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy. GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council. 

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GAO: Agency Efforts Vary in Preventing IT Contract Duplication

IT Modernization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that federal agencies “varied in their efforts” to execute category management procedures to prevent duplication in information technology contracts. Agencies reported a significant amount of savings resulting from category management practices, while others cited challenges such as ongoing efforts to establish strategies for integrating such activities into agency operations.

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GAO: State Dept. Needs Greater Agency Involvement in Planning Cybersecurity, Emerging Tech Bureau

Emotet Malware

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending for the Department of State to involve more agencies in the development of a new bureau focused on emerging technologies and cybersecurity. The State Department informed Congress of its intent to create the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to better address foreign threats to the critical infrastructure and trade operations.

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