Category Archives: Government Operations

Disclosing Wrongdoing: How to Improve Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers help protect the government from waste, fraud, and abuse by reporting potential wrongdoing. Because there’s a risk of reprisal, such as being fired or reassigned, it’s important to safeguard whistleblowers’ identities and the information they provide. For National Whistleblower … Continue reading

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Following the Paper Trail of Federal Retirement Processing

The Office of Personnel Management receives over 100,000 federal retirement applications each year. But the time it takes to process these applications can often be delayed. In fact, between 2014 and 2017, OPM didn’t meet its goal of processing most … Continue reading

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Federal Government Contracting for Fiscal Year 2018 (infographic)

With tax season over, now is a good time to look at how the government uses your tax dollars. About 40% of the government’s discretionary spending goes to contracts for goods and services covering everything from health care to hand … Continue reading

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GAO’s Guide to Saving the Government Billions of Dollars: Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication in Federal Programs

Today we released our 9th annual report on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, adding 98 new actions that Congress or federal agencies can take to improve government programs. For example: The Department of Energy could avoid spending … Continue reading

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The Future of the Federal Workforce

For Public Service Recognition Week, we’re celebrating the valuable contributions federal employees—including our GAO colleagues—provide to our country every day. This week is also a good time to think about how the government can manage its workforce in the future. … Continue reading

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How Can We Reorganize the Government Effectively?

On June 21, 2018, the administration released a plan to reorganize the federal government and improve efficiency and effectiveness. The Office of Management and Budget had earlier required agencies to develop proposals to improve performance, increase accountability, and reduce the … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Federal Workforce

The most vital resource at any federal agency is its workforce. During Public Service Recognition Week, we’re celebrating the contributions of federal employees. This year is especially noteworthy because it’s the 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act of … Continue reading

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Saving Dollar Bills: Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication in Federal Programs

We released our latest report today on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government. Since 2011, we’ve been reporting on ways the government can be more efficient and save taxpayers’ money by looking for programs that work on the … Continue reading

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Office Space

The federal government spends billions of dollars every year to operate and maintain the roughly 273,000 buildings it owns or leases. But we’ve reported for years on problems with how the federal government manages its real estate—in fact, federal real … Continue reading

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Government’s Security Clearance Process is “High Risk”

Our High Risk List pulls together all the government programs that we consider at high risk to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We were planning to update this list in early 2019 but made an exception … Continue reading

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