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Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-16-357R: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal government’s fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information—both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Overall, significant progress has been...
U.S. Postal Service: Financial Challenges Continue
GAO-16-268T: Published: Jan 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2016.
The U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) financial condition continues to deteriorate as a result of trends including:Declining mail volume : First-Class Mail—USPS's most profitable product—continues to decline in volume as communications and payments migrate to electronic alternatives. USPS expects this decline to continue for the foreseeable future.Growing expenses: Key USPS expenses continue to gro...
Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-15-523T: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
GAO's 2015 annual report identifies 66 new actions that executive branch agencies and Congress could take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government in 24 areas. GAO identifies 12 new areas in which there is evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication. For example, GAO suggests that Congress repeal the statutorily required US Family Health Plan—a decades-old component of th...
State and Local Governments' Fiscal Outlook: 2014 Update
GAO-15-224SP: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.
GAO's State and Local Fiscal SimulationsFiscal sustainability presents a national challenge shared by all levels of government. Since 2007, GAO has published simulations of long-term fiscal trends in the state and local government sector. These simulations have consistently shown that state and local governments face long-term fiscal pressures. Absent any policy changes, the sector will face an in...
Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-14-319R: Published: Feb 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal government's fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information--both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Overall, significant progress has been ma...
Department of Homeland Security: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Efficiency and Effectiveness, Achieve Cost Savings, and Improve Management Functions
GAO-13-547T: Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
Since 2011, GAO has identified 11 areas across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where fragmentation, overlap, or potential duplication exists and 13 areas of opportunity for cost savings or enhanced revenue collections. In these reports, GAO has suggested 53 total actions to the department and Congress to help strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations. In GAOs 20...
U.S. Postal Service: Urgent Action Needed to Achieve Financial Sustainability
GAO-13-562T: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) continues to incur unsustainable operating deficits, has not made required payments of $11.1 billion to prefund retiree health benefits, and has reached its $15 billion borrowing limit. Thus far, USPS has been able to operate within these constraints, but now faces a critical shortage of liquidity that threatens its financial solvency and ability to finance needed ca...
Government Efficiency And Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-13-496T: Published: Apr 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2013.
In summary, GAO's 2013 annual report identifies 31 new areas where agencies may be able to achieve greater efficiency or effectiveness. Within these 31 areas, GAO identifies 81 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to address the issues GAO identified. Although it may be appropriate for multiple agencies or entities to be involved in the same programmatic or policy area due to t...
U.S. Postal Service: Status, Financial Outlook, and Alternative Approaches to Fund Retiree Health Benefits
GAO-13-112: Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2012.
The Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (PSRHBF) covered about 49 percent of the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) $94 billion retiree health benefit liability at fiscal year-end 2012. USPS's deteriorating financial outlook, however, will make it difficult to continue the current prefunding schedule in the short term, and possibly to fully fund the remaining $48 billion unfunded liability over...
Intragovernmental Revolving Funds: Commerce Departmental and Census Working Capital Funds Should Better Reflect Key Operating Principles
GAO-12-56: Published: Nov 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2011.
Agencies can improve their efficiency through the use of shared services, which are often financed through intragovernmental revolving funds (IRF). GAO was asked to (1) identify key operating principles the Commerce Departmental and Census Bureau Working Capital Funds (WCF), which are one type of IRF, should follow to ensure appropriate tracking and use of federal funds and (2) evaluate how depart...