Tag Archives: Government Accountability Office

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: 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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GAO Releases Annual Assessment of Major DHS Acquisition Programs


The Government Accountability Office assessed 24 major acquisition programs of the Department of Homeland Security and found that 19 of those were meeting their cost and schedule baseline goals as of September 2020. GAO said in a report that five DHS acquisition programs remained in breach of either schedule or cost goals or both as of September last year.

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GAO: DoD Should Determine How to Communicate Critical Tech List to Other Agencies


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DoD) determine ways to communicate its list of critical technologies, acquisition programs and manufacturing capabilities within DoD and to other agencies, come up with metrics to evaluate protection efforts and designate an organization to oversee future protection measures.

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Bipartisan Law Seeks to Improve FEMA’s Advance Contracting Process; Rep. Bennie Thompson Quoted

Federal Emergency

President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to improve the process of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding contracts before disasters strike to ensure readiness, Government Executive reported Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the bill in the lower chamber.

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