What GAO Found
In April 2020, GAO identified 35 priority recommendations for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Since then, OMB has implemented four of those recommendations by, among other things, taking actions to help reduce improper payments across the federal government and improve the quality of agency spending data.
In June 2021, GAO identified 13 additional priority recommendations for OMB, bringing the total number to 44. These recommendations involve the following areas:
- Improving government performance.
- Increasing availability and transparency of government data.
- Improving acquisition management and reducing costs.
- Reducing government-wide improper payments.
- Strengthening information security.
- Establishing controls for disaster relief.
- Improving oversight of agency collection and coordination of federal data on sexual violence.
- Improving federal real property asset management.
- Improving information management.
OMB’s continued attention to these issues could yield significant cost savings and other improvements in government operations.
Why GAO Did This Study
Priority open recommendations are the GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their implementation could save large amounts of money; improve congressional and/or executive branch decision-making on major issues; eliminate mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or ensure that programs comply with laws and funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015 GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations.
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