The GAO would submit an annual report listing recommendations it has made but that agencies have not carried out, under a newly offered Senate bill (S-4128) that is the latest in a series of moves to draw more attention to follow-up on recommendations from GAO and agency IGs.
Those reports would be organized by policy topic, and including the amount of time the recommendations have been unimplemented, said Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“The GAO, through its individual reports and recommendations database, provides information on unimplemented recommendations, but under current reporting requirements, does not submit a report consolidating and listing all unimplemented matters for congressional consideration, nor do their current annual letters to committees list actions Congress can take to help agencies implement open GAO recommendations,” they said.
The bill also would require that the GAO’s annual letters to agencies and congressional committees identify congressional actions that can help agencies implement open GAO recommendations and publish any known costs of unimplemented recommendations.
A similar bill (HR-7331) was recently introduced in the House, also on a bipartisan basis.