Federal Manager's Daily Report

GAO has said that OMB has carried out several of its high-priority recommendations over the last year but still has 31 high-priority to-dos out of 148 open recommendations from GAO in total.

In its status report covering OMB, the GAO cited implementation of four recommendations that “could help reduce acquisition costs by better promoting agency accountability for implementing category management requirements”; two that address the improper payments issue; and one regarding agency compliance with requirements for reporting spending information. “These are important actions that demonstrate progress on significant challenges facing the federal government,” GAO said.

Among the open recommendations are: updating guidance to help develop a more coherent picture of all federal programs and to better ensure information is useful for decision makers; assessing the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of tax breaks that result in some $1 trillion in revenue to the government foregone annually; improving the quality of data on agency spending; improving management of high-priority IT projects; setting goals and assessing agencies’ progress in implementing category management; and clarifying policies on the use of reverse auctions in procurement.

Also: improving guidance on agency responsibilities under the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act; helping agencies assess and mitigate fraud risks; reducing the risk of misspending for disaster relief; improving management of federal grants; better collection and coordination of federal data on sexual violence; and improvements in financial management.

GAO added that OMB plays a role in addressing several topics on its high-risk list, including cybersecurity, IT acquisitions and operation, strategic human capital management, management of real property, security clearances and federal program integrity.