GAO has added 20 more areas of concern in its annual report on overlap, duplication and fragmentation in federal programs, while identifying new potential areas of cost savings and additional steps agencies could take in some previously identified areas.
Along with its “high-risk” report, GAO’s report traditionally has served as a roadmap for congressional oversight and reform efforts. Among the newly identified areas are: the DoD’s practice of keeping separate sets of records in each military service on real property assets; and differing standards among agencies for measuring progress in the “category management” initiative for purchase of common goods and services across agencies.
Also: differences among agencies in reporting real estate holdings to a central GSA database that is used for purposes including identifying unneeded properties that could be sold; federal programs to assess states’ cybersecurity; duplicative IT procurements; and programs to encourage recycling scattered across agencies.
It further recommended additional steps in previously identified areas including DoD weapons procurement and consolidation of federal data centers.
GAO also identified potential cost savings in programs including allowances for military personnel living in privately run housing; recovery of improper payments; management of Energy Department laboratories; eligibility reviews for Medicaid benefits; overtime levels at the Bureau of Prisons; and more.