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New GAO Transition App Allows Users to See Changes Needed Across Federal Government

GAO Identifies Its Priority Recommendations By Agency and Topic

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2016) — To help make the upcoming presidential and congressional transitions as informed as possible, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched a new mobile app that provides users easy access to the watchdog agency’s priority recommendations for improving government operations.

“GAO has organized its work to help President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress tackle critical challenges facing the nation, fix agency-specific problems, and scrutinize government areas with the potential for large savings,” said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “With our extensive experience analyzing government programs and agencies, GAO is well positioned to help bring policymakers up to speed on a wide range of pressing issues.”

Dodaro also pointed out that GAO realizes both new Presidential and Congressional personnel will have to move quickly from the campaign trail to governing. “Consequently, we’ve tried to make sure the app as directly as possible lays out quick lists of the major changes needed and allows users to navigate right to GAO’s reports for all the details.”

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New GAO Transition App Allows Users to See Changes Needed Across Federal Government
http://www.gao.gov/press/transition_app_2016.htm

Nov 10, 2016
GAO Identifies Its Priority Recommendations By Agency and Topic WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2016) — To help make the upcoming presidential and congressional transitions as informed as possible, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched a new mobile app that provides users easy access to the watchdog agency’s priority recommendations for improving government operations. “GAO has organize...
GAO Makes Appointments to PCORI Governing Board
http://www.gao.gov/press/pcori_2016sep.htm

Sep 22, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2016) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of two new members to the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):  Russell Howerton, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Cent...
Is Your Project's Technology Up to the Job? GAO Releases Draft Technology Readiness Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_technology_readiness_assessment_guide_vol_3.htm

Aug 11, 2016
Third Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 11, 2016) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued for public review a draft version of a new guide to help federal, state, and local government agencies more reliably assess technology readiness for projects of all sizes. The Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readines...
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2016jun.htm

Jun 2, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member. “MedPAC provides valuable advice to policymakers on key issues relating to Medicare,” Dodaro said. ”GA...
GAO Appoints Three New Members to Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2016may.htm

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of three new members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. The new appointees are: James S. (Jamie) Ferguson, who will fill the position representing payers; Carolyn Petersen, who will fill the position of an adv...
Center for Audit Excellence and USAID Sign First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Strengthen International Accountability
http://www.gao.gov/press/cae_and_usaid_sign_agreement.htm

Apr 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2016) –  In a move to enhance accountability across the globe, representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Center for Audit Excellence and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that establishes a framework for collaboration on training and technical assistance efforts. The goal of the a...
Statement Regarding Protest of General Dynamics Land Systems
http://www.gao.gov/press/statement_re_b-412525.htm

Mar 15, 2016
The following is a statement from Kenneth E. Patton, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, B-412525, B-412525.2, March 15, 2016. On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, challenging the aw...
U.S. Government's Annual Financial Report Unable to Pass GAO Audit
http://www.gao.gov/press/usgov_financial_report_unable_pass_gao_audit.htm

Feb 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2016) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) did not  render an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2015 because of persistent problems with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) finances, the federal government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated...
How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/schedule_assessment_guide_2015.htm

Dec 22, 2015
Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line,...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2016.html

Dec 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  He also named the Commission’s Chair. “The seven men and women designated to serve on the Commission bring a wealth of knowledge an...
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