Category Archives: Government Operations

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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GAO’s 2017 Performance and Accountability Report—More than $73 Billion in Financial Benefits

It’s that time of year again, the time we like to share the results of our work with you, the taxpayer. This year our audit work produced over $73 billion in financial benefits. In other words, for every $1 Congress … Continue reading

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The DATA Act – Working Towards Federal Spending Transparency

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 requires federal agencies to prepare and submit standardized, accurate information about the roughly $3.7 trillion they spend each year. The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury are … Continue reading

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Sorting Out the Federal Government: Creating an Inventory of Programs Using Information Architecture

Have you ever bought shoes online? Did you search for hiking boots? In mud brown? Size 10? The database you used likely allowed you to search for a specific color, size, style, and other features. It may have given you … Continue reading

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Optimizing Federal Data Centers

In recent years, federal agencies have moved more and more of their services and operations online, increasing their need for computer power and data storage—and leading to a dramatic rise in the number of federal data centers. These buildings house … Continue reading

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Dress Rehearsal: 2020 Census

Our staff are in the field this week observing the Census Bureau’s last complete test of operations before the 2020 Census. The “End-to-End Census Test” is the culmination of the Bureau’s research and planning efforts over the past decade to … Continue reading

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Trends in Federal Contracting

In fiscal year 2015, the federal government spent more than $430 billion on contracts for goods and services—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. These contracts covered everything from products such as major weapons systems and IT equipment, to services … Continue reading

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“It was 50 years ago today…”

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the United States. It revolutionized modern music and helped usher in the Summer of Love. In honor of this musical and cultural milestone, the … Continue reading

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Building a Better Federal Workforce

This week marks Public Service Recognition Week. During this annual event, we usually feature some of our work on the federal workforce—and this year is no exception.

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