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Defense Department has successfully adapted to continuing resolutions, Government Accountability Office finds

The Defense Department (DoD) has operated under a continuing resolution (CR) for 11 out of the last 12 fiscal years, freezing spending at the previous year’s level. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the impact that operating under a CR has on DoD. Operating under a CR is not ideal or particularly efficient, but DoD […]


Government Accountability Office provides recommendations to improve adoption and fostering process for military families

Out of 1.3 million active duty service members, over 2,000 families foster or adopt children. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says military families are not aware of benefits they can receive from the Defense Department’s enrollment program. Kathy Larin, director of education, workforce and income security at GAO, said her office recommends the Defense […]


Department of Homeland Security disagrees with Government Accountability Office recommendations related to Jan. 6 attack

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rework its security protocols following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. DHS has specific protocols to respond to special events that require increased security. Triana McNeil, director of homeland security and justice issues at GAO, said DHS does not agree with its […]


Agencies failed to close gaps from biological incident preparedness exercises, Government Accountability Office finds

The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Health and Human Services and Agriculture regularly run interagency exercises to test preparedness for biological attacks. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Covid-19 pandemic showed a lack of action in response. Chris Currie, director of homeland security issues at GAO, said the exercises his office analyzed, taking […]


Federal contracting challenges brought to forefront during pandemic

Federal agencies have spent more than $61 billion from contracts to respond to the pandemic. But those agencies canceled $4 billion of contract obligations. Marie Mak, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, said her office found some contracting officers did not have agency-specific guidance, training or access to available […]

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Strategy to fight violent extremism needs work, Government Accountability Office determines

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning its law enforcement partners about two anniversaries in August that could generate violent extremist attacks. It’s part of DHS’s strategy to deal with homegrown violent extremism. Triana McNeil, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, said the department’s strategy successfully outlines a […]


Cybersecurity issues at Department of Veterans Affairs could have “catastrophic impact,” says Government Accountability Office director

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough promises changes are coming after a 12-week strategic review of the VA’s electronic health record program. That program is missing important elements of the federal government’s cyber defense strategy. Carol Harris, director of information technology and cybersecurity issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), […]

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