Federal agencies have made substantial progress toward addressing fragmentation, duplication and overlap in their programs, GAO has said, although its latest annual report also cites 18 new areas where such problems exist and adds recommendations for actions on previous ones that have not been resolved.
GAO said that of some 900 actions it had recommended in reports over the last decade, four-fifths have been fully or partly addressed, yielding some $429 billion achieved or projected in improved efficiency, reduced costs and increased revenue.
Among the new recommendations are that:
* OMB and Treasury should “establish a robust data governance structure to ensure greater consistency and comparability of reported data to better manage fragmentation in federal spending data” under the DATA Act;
* Labor, HHS and the Corporation for National and Community Service should “improve their internal collaboration to more effectively build evidence to meet decision makers’ needs, and thereby better manage fragmented efforts within their agencies”;
* VA should “implement a consistent approach to better manage long-term care programs at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center level and improve access to the right care for veterans”; and
* Agriculture should better coordinate nutrition programs among its components.
Among programs for which GAO added to prior recommendations are shared services, efforts to reduce improper payments, federal data center consolidation and cloud computing procurement.