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Excess Personal Property: DOD Should Further Reassess the Priorities of Its Disposal Process
GAO-16-44: Published: Jan 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2016.
Disposing of Department of Defense (DOD) property that is excess to a military service's needs is a multi-stage process, executed by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The process includes a 42-day period during which potential recipients may screen, request, and obtain excess property at the stages in which they are eligible to do so (see figure). First, usable property may be reutilized within...
Firearms Trafficking: U.S. Efforts to Combat Firearms Trafficking to Mexico Have Improved, but Some Collaboration Challenges Remain
GAO-16-223: Published: Jan 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2016.
According to data from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), 73,684 firearms (about 70 percent) seized in Mexico and traced from 2009 to 2014 originated in the United States. ATF data also show that these firearms were most often purchased in Southwest border states and that about half of them were long guns (rifles and shotguns). According to Mexic...
Federal Judiciary: Improvements Needed for Collecting Judges' Non-Case-Related Travel Information
GAO-16-70: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2015.
From fiscal years 2003 through 2014, judges have used a separate system to report their non-case-related (NCR) travel costs paid for by government and private sources. These NCR travel costs averaged $8.8 million per year. However, while the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) tracks the costs of all official travel in its accounting systems of record, the NCR system does not collect...
Asylum: Additional Actions Needed to Assess and Address Fraud Risks
GAO-16-50: Published: Dec 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2015.
The total number of asylum applications, including both principal applicants and their eligible dependents, filed in fiscal year 2014 (108,152) is more than double the number filed in fiscal year 2010 (47,118). As of September 2015, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a backlog of 106,121 principal applicants, of which 64,254 have excee...
Office of National Drug Control Policy: Lack of Progress on Achieving National Strategy Goals
GAO-16-257T: Published: Dec 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2015.
GAO reported in March 2013 that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and other agencies had not made progress toward achieving most of the goals in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy (the Strategy) and ONDCP had established a new mechanism to monitor and assess progress. In the Strategy, ONDCP established seven goals related to reducing illicit drug use and its consequences to b...
Electronic Monitoring: Draft National Standard for Offender Tracking Systems Addresses Common Stakeholder Needs
GAO-16-10: Published: Oct 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2015.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) collaborated with a variety of criminal justice and technical experts to develop a draft standard for offender tracking systems (OTS), but earlier involvement of manufacturers could have expedited its development. For example, the committee that developed the draft standard included practitioners spanning all levels of government and program areas such as pr...
DOJ Civil Rights Division Travel: Division Strengthened Controls over Travel, but Additional Areas for Improvement Identified
GAO-16-58: Published: Nov 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2015.
GAO tested the implementation of internal controls and compliance with key policies in nine areas of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (Division) travel authorization and reimbursement process for the period from October 2011 through June 2013 and found indications that controls functioned effectively in four of those areas. Weaknesses existed in the remaining five areas. Two...
Federal Judiciary: Improved Cost Savings Estimates Could Help Better Assess Cost Containment Efforts
GAO-16-97: Published: Nov 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2015.
The federal judiciary has implemented cost containment initiatives for over 10 years, but the judiciary does not fully know how much it has saved because it has not developed a reliable method for estimating cost savings achieved. For example, GAO found that the judiciary's estimate of cost savings primarily attributed to cost containment initiatives since fiscal year 2005—nearly $1.5 billion, r...
Sexual Assault: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Prevention Strategy and to Help Ensure It Is Effectively Implemented
GAO-16-61: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) developed its strategy to prevent sexual assault using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) framework for effective sexual-violence prevention strategies, but DOD does not link activities to desired outcomes or fully identify risk and protective factors. Specifically, DOD's strategy identifies 18 prevention-related activities, but they are not linked...
Drug Control: Additional Performance Information Is Needed to Oversee the National Guard's State Counterdrug Program
GAO-16-133: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015.
The National Guard Bureau (NGB) counterdrug program's budget data show that funding has ranged from about $219.3 million to $242.1 million in fiscal years 2004 through 2014–with a peak of $247 million in fiscal year 2013–but in fiscal year 2015 funding was reduced substantially. Based on Department of Defense (DOD) data, every year since 2004 Congress has directed funding above the requested a...