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Released on March 03, 2017

Foreign Assistance: Agencies Can Improve the Quality and Dissemination of Program Evaluations

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-316
GAO-17-316: Published: Mar 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2017.An estimated 73 percent of evaluations completed in fiscal year 2015 by the six U.S. agencies GAO reviewed generally or partially addressed all of the quality criteria GAO identified for evaluation design, implementation, and conclusions (see fig.). Agencies met some elements of the criteria more often than others. For example, approximately 90 percent of all evaluations addressed questions that a…

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Released on March 02, 2017

Antibiotics: FDA Has Encouraged Development, but Needs to Clarify the Role of Draft Guidance and Develop Qualified Infectious Disease Product Guidance

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-189
GAO-17-189: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released updated or new guidance for antibiotic development, and used the qualified infectious disease products (QIDP) designation to encourage the development of new antibiotics. As of August 2016, FDA, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had coordinated the release of 14 updated or new guidance documents on antibiotic develop…

Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program: Improvements Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-227
GAO-17-227: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.The Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program) provides enhanced legal protections to contractor employees who believe that they have experienced reprisal as a result of disclosing certain wrongdoings. Among other enhancements, the act expanded the persons and entities to which a whistleblower could disclose wrongdoing and identified which office within an agency has responsibility fo…

Federal Real Property: Government-wide Building-Disposal Data Generally Reliable, but Opportunities for Further Improvements Exist

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-321
GAO-17-321: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.GAO’s analysis showed that government-wide data were generally reliable for reporting on real property disposals for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) serves as the building inventory database for most of the largest federal agencies. FRPP’s data on real property disposals were generally complete, reasonable, and internally…

HUBZone Program: Oversight Has Improved But Some Weaknesses Remain

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-456T
GAO-17-456T: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.The Small Business Administration (SBA) designates economically distressed areas as Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones), based on data such as unemployment and poverty rates. Since 2008, GAO has issued several products that identified weaknesses in the HUBZone program and made recommendations to SBA to address them. While weaknesses remain, SBA has taken some steps to enhance prog…

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Regulatory Fee-Setting Calculations Need Greater Transparency

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-232
GAO-17-232: Published: Feb 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) fiscal year 2016 final fee rule and work papers contained information that licensees could use to understand how NRC calculated its fees, but this information did not fully explain the agency’s fee calculations. In this and prior fee rules, NRC set two types of fees: service fees and annual fees. NRC established an hourly fee rate for service fees to recov…

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Released on March 01, 2017

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: The Role of Syndicators

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-285R
GAO-17-285R: Published: Feb 16, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2017.The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) established under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, is the largest source of federal assistance for developing affordable rental housing and has financed about 2.9 million rental units. LIHTCs encourage private-equity investment in low-income housing through tax credits. Developers of awarded projects typically attempt to obtain funding for their projects by att…

Navy Shipbuilding: Need to Document Rationale for the Use of Fixed-Price Incentive Contracts and Study Effectiveness of Added Incentives

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-211
GAO-17-211: Published: Mar 1, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2017.Over 80 percent of the Navy’s shipbuilding contracts awarded over the past 10 years were fixed-price incentive (FPI). However, GAO found that half of the six selected contracts it reviewed did not document the Navy’s justification for selecting this contract type. Moreover, key documents that should describe the rationale for selecting contract elements varied across these contracts. Given the Nav…

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Released on February 28, 2017

Environmental Litigation: Information on Endangered Species Act Deadline Suits

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-304
GAO-17-304: Published: Feb 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2017.GAO found that plaintiffs filed 141 deadline suits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for allegedly failing to take actions within statutory deadlines under Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) during fiscal years 2005 through 2015 (see figure). Section 4 contains mandatory deadlines for such actions as making findings on petition…

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Released on February 27, 2017

Border Security: DHS Has Made Progress in Planning for a Biometric Air Exit System and Reporting Overstays, but Challenges Remain

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-170
GAO-17-170: Published: Feb 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.Since GAO’s 2013 report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to develop a biometric exit capability to collect biometric data, such as fingerprints, from individuals exiting the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has conducted four pilot programs to inform the development and implementation of a biometric exit system. CBP has made progress in testing biometri…

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