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Confirmation of Political Appointees: Eliciting Nominees' Views on Management Challenges within Agencies and across Government
GAO-09-194: Published: Nov 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.
While some progress has been made in recent years, agencies urgently need to strengthen basic management capabilities to successfully address current and emerging demands. The incoming administration will face challenges in implementing its policy and program agendas because of shortcomings in agencies' management capabilities. Building and developing the institutional capacity to meet these chall...
Opportunities for Congressional Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds: Budgetary Implications of Selected GAO Work
GAO-04-649: Published: May 7, 2004. Publicly Released: May 7, 2004.
This report contains in a single document the budgetary implications of selected program reforms discussed in past GAO work but not yet implemented or enacted. Since 1994, we have prepared annual reports similar to this product, in order to continue to assist congressional committees in identifying approaches to reduce federal spending or increase revenues. This year's report contains over 100 exa...
Managing for Results: Federal Managers' Views on Key Management Issues Vary Widely Across Agencies
GAO-01-592: Published: May 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2001.
For federal agencies to become high-performing organizations, top management needs to foster performance-based cultures, find ways to measure performance, and use performance information to make decisions. GAO's survey of federal managers found wide differences in how well individual agencies demonstrated a results-based climate. However, transforming organizational cultures is an arduous and long...
Veterans' Benefits: Veterans Have Mixed Views on a Lump Sum Disability Payment Option
GAO-01-172: Published: Dec 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2001.
Currently, veterans who are disabled while serving their country are compensated for average reduction in earning capacity. Monthly compensation is based on the severity of a veteran's disability. After an initial rating for compensation has been determined, veterans who believe their condition has worsened may file a claim with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to reevaluate their disabili...
Financial Management: Billions in Improper Payments Continue to Require Attention
GAO-01-44: Published: Oct 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2000.
As the steward of taxpayer dollars, the federal government is accountable for how its agencies and grantees spend funds. It is also responsible for safeguardingagainst improper payments, which include payments that should not have been madeor were made for incorrect amounts irrespective of whether the agency had effective controls in place. Reported estimates of improper payments total billions of...