Here at GAO, we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment, which we consider to be an asset to the agency and the federal government as a whole. In December 2014, GAO was named not only one of the best places to work among mid-size agencies, but also received top ranking in that category for our support of diversity.
As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are celebrating Black History Month, as we do each February. This month calls attention to the contributions African Americans have made to this nation, and pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity.
This year’s events have included
- A talk by A’lelia Bundles, a television producer who spoke about African-American contributions to our nation, including her own background, being the great-great granddaughter of the country’s first female self-made millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker.
- A Blacks in Government event that provided a history of an independent assessment of GAO’s own practices; specifically, factors related to how employees are rated, the factors influencing those ratings, and what we, as an agency, are doing to address differences. For example, GAO recently increased diversity and inclusion training for all staff.
- A talk by Dr. Robert Simmons III, an urban educator, researcher, and innovator in education who is leading a new initiative, Empowering Males of Color, to advance achievement and opportunity, and reduce racial disparities for boys and men of color across Washington, D.C.
In addition, this is the 26th year of our annual oratory contest, which features students from Washington D.C. area high schools giving oral presentations on African-American achievements. The contest is judged by a panel that includes U.S. Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro.
To learn more about our workforce, read our 2014 Performance and Accountability Report. For more information about diversity in the federal workforce, visit our Key Issues page on human capital management.
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Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care.
In the spring and summer of 2014, delays in care at VA medical facilities drew media attention and spurred more than 20 congressional hearings. We have made numerous recommendations to VA to improve the timeliness, cost-effectiveness, quality, and safety of the care it provides to veterans. However, VA has yet to fully implement more than 100 of our recommendations.
February 19, 2015
Tagged Debbie Draper, Department of Veterans Affairs, HC, high risk, Randall Williamson, VA, VA health care, veterans, veterans affairs, wait times
With the tax filing season in full swing, IRS is processing tax returns and providing a range of related services for tens of millions of taxpayers.
At the same time, fraudsters are busy filing fraudulent returns using legitimate taxpayers’ identifying information to wrongly claim others’ refunds.
Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Management of IT Acquisitions and Operations.
Big Money, Mixed Results
The federal government spends billions on IT investments. In fiscal year 2015, 27 federal agencies plan to invest about $80 billion in IT, about $40 billion of which will go toward major investments, as shown below.
As an agency, we focus on improving the operations of a large, complex federal government that is responsible for trillions of dollars in spending and revenue collection. In 1990, we started a program to report on government operations that we identified as “high risk” due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or their need for fundamental transformation.
The U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year roughly:
- 48 million Americans (1 in 6) get sick from foodborne diseases,
- 128,000 are hospitalized, and
- 3,000 die.
February 9, 2015
Tagged chicken, contamination, food, food safety, NRE, poultry, poultry slaughter, salmonella, slaughter plant, turkey, usda
The U.S. health care system has a range of federal programs for the millions of Americans with mental illness.
Hear our podcast with Linda Kohn, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review on federal efforts to support individuals with serious mental illness.
GAO is headed by the U.S. Comptroller General (CG), and while most school children learn the names of past presidents, here at GAO, we recall the tenures of past CGs. Today’s WatchBlog looks back to our first Comptroller General, John R. McCarl, who set the course for the GAO of today.