skip to content

United States Government Accountability Office

Overview
Works: 8,590 works in 12,663 publications in 1 language and 1,317,760 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals 
Roles: Publisher
Classifications: TL214.F8, 629.253
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about United States
Publications by United States
Most widely held works about United States
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Most widely held works by United States
Global War on Terrorism reported obligations for the Department of Defense by Sharon L Pickup( file )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,258 libraries worldwide
Since 2001, Congress has provided the Department of Defense (DOD) with hundreds of billions of dollars in supplemental and annual appropriations for military operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). DOD's reported annual obligations for GWOT have shown a steady increase from about $0.2 billion in fiscal year 2001 to about $139.8 billion in fiscal year 2007. To continue GWOT operations, the President requested $189.3 billion in appropriations for DOD in fiscal year 2008. Through December 2007, Congress has provided DOD with about $86.8 billion of this request, including $16.8 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. As of February 2008, Congress has not taken action on the remaining $102.5 billion. The United States' commitments to GWOT will likely involve the continued investment of significant resources, requiring decision makers to consider difficult trade-offs as the nation faces an increasing long-range fiscal challenge. The magnitude of future costs will depend on several direct and indirect cost variables and, in some cases, decisions that have not yet been made. DOD's future costs will likely be affected by the pace and duration of operations, the types of facilities needed to support troops overseas, redeployment plans, and the amount of equipment to be repaired or replaced. DOD compiles and reports monthly and cumulative incremental obligations incurred to support GWOT in a monthly Supplemental and Cost of War Execution Report. DOD leadership uses this report, along with other information, to advise Congress on the costs of the war and to formulate future GWOT budget requests. DOD reports these obligations by appropriation, contingency operation, and military service or defense agency. The monthly cost reports are typically compiled within the 45 days after the end of the reporting month in which the obligations are incurred. DOD has prepared monthly reports on the obligations incurred for its involvement in GWOT since fiscal year 2001. Section 1221 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 requires GAO to submit quarterly updates to Congress on the costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom based on DOD's monthly Supplemental and Cost of War Execution Reports. This report, which responds to this requirement, contains our analysis of DOD's reported obligations for military operations in support of GWOT through December 2007. Specifically, we assessed (1) DOD's cumulative appropriations and reported obligations for military operations in support of GWOT and (2) DOD's fiscal year 2008 reported obligations through December 2007, the latest data available for GWOT by military service and appropriation account
Vehicle fuel economy ( file )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,032 libraries worldwide
Troubled Asset Relief Program status of efforts to address transparency and accountability issues : testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives by Gene L Dodaro( Computer File )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 989 libraries worldwide
This testimony discusses our work on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), under which the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has the authority to purchase and insure up to $700 billion in troubled assets held by financial institutions through its Office of Financial Stability (OFS). As Congress may know, Treasury was granted this authority in response to the financial crisis that has threatened the stability of the U.S. banking system and the solvency of numerous financial institutions. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (the act) that authorized TARP on October 3, 2008, requires GAO to report at least every 60 days on findings resulting from our oversight of the actions taken under the program. We are also responsible for auditing OFS's annual financial statements and for producing special reports on any issues that emerge from our oversight. To carry out these oversight responsibilities, we have assembled interdisciplinary teams with a wide range of technical skills, including financial market and public policy analysts, accountants, lawyers, and economists who represent combined resources from across GAO. In addition, we are building on our in-house technical expertise with targeted new hires and experts. The act also created additional oversight entities--the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) and the Special Inspector General for TARP (SIGTARP)--that also have reporting responsibilities. We are coordinating our work with COP and SIGTARP and are meeting with officials from both entities to share information and coordinate our oversight efforts. These meetings help to ensure that we are collaborating as appropriate and not duplicating efforts. This testimony is based primarily on our January 30, 2009 report, the second under the act's mandate, which covers the actions taken as part of TARP through January 23, 2009, and follows up on the nine recommendations we made in our December 2, 2008 report.3 This statement also provides additional information on some recent program developments, including Treasury's new financial stability plan and, as you requested, provides some insights on our ongoing work on the implications of actions related to the financial crisis on federal debt management. Our oversight work under the act is ongoing, and our next report is due to be issued by March 31, 2009, as required. Specifically, this statement focuses on (1) the nature and purpose of activities that have been initiated under TARP; (2) the status of OFS's hiring efforts, use of contractors, and development of a system of internal control; (3) implications of TARP and other events on federal debt management, and (4) preliminary indicators of TARP's performance. To do this work, we reviewed documents related to TARP, including contracts, agreements, guidance, and rules. We also met with OFS, contractors, federal agencies, and officials from all eight of the first large institutions to receive disbursements. We plan to continue to monitor the issues highlighted in our prior reports, as well as future and ongoing capital purchases, other more recent transactions undertaken as part of TARP (for example, guarantees on assets of Citigroup and Bank of America), and the status of other aspects of TARP
Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act ( file )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
Defense acquisitions assessments of selected major weapon programs : report to congressional committees by United States( file )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 959 libraries worldwide
This is GAO's seventh annual assessment of selected Department of Defense (DOD) weapon programs. The report examines how well DOD is planning and executing its weapon acquisition programs, an area that has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1990. This year's report is in response to the mandate in the joint explanatory statement to the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. The report includes (1) an analysis of the overall performance of DOD's 2008 portfolio of 96 major defense acquisition programs and a comparison to the portfolio performance at two other points in time--5 years ago and 1 year ago; (2) an analysis of current cost and schedule outcomes and knowledge attained by key junctures in the acquisition process for a subset of 47 weapon programs--primarily in development--from the 2008 portfolio; (3) data on other factors that could impact program stability; and (4) an update on changes in DOD's acquisition policies. To conduct our assessment, GAO analyzed cost, schedule, and quantity data from DOD's Selected Acquisition Reports for the programs in DOD's 2003, 2007, and 2008 portfolios. GAO also collected data from program offices on technology, design, and manufacturing knowledge, as well as on other factors that might affect program stability. GAO analyzed this data and compiled one- or two-page assessments of 67 weapon programs. Since 2003, DOD's portfolio of major defense acquisition programs has grown from 77 to 96 programs; and its investment in those programs has grown from $1.2 trillion to $1.6 trillion (fiscal year 2009 dollars). The cumulative cost growth for DOD's programs is higher than it was 5 years ago, but at $296 billion, it is less than last year when adjusted for inflation. For 2008 programs, research and development costs are now 42 percent higher than originally estimated and the average delay in delivering initial capabilities has increased to 22 months. DOD's performance in some of these areas is driven by older programs, as newer programs, on average, have not shown the same degree of cost and schedule growth. For 47 programs GAO assessed in-depth, the amount of knowledge that programs attained by key decision points has increased in recent years; but most programs still proceed with far less technology, design, and manufacturing knowledge than best practices suggest and face a higher risk of cost increases and schedule delays. Early system engineering, stable requirements, and disciplined software management were also important as programs that exhibited these characteristics experienced less cost growth and shorter schedule delays on average. Program execution could be hindered by workforce challenges. A majority of the programs GAO assessed were unable to fill all authorized program office positions, resulting in increased workloads, a reliance on support contractors, and less personnel to conduct oversight. In December 2008, DOD revised its policy for major defense acquisition programs to place more emphasis on acquiring knowledge about requirements, technology, and design before programs start and maintaining discipline once they begin. The policy recommends holding early systems engineering reviews; includes a requirement for early prototyping; and establishes review boards to monitor requirements changes--all positive steps. Some programs we assessed have begun implementing these changes
International journal of government auditing ( serial )
in English and held by 908 libraries worldwide
Bureau of the Public Debt areas for improvement in information security controls by Gary T Engel( Computer File )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 872 libraries worldwide
Management report opportunities for improvements in FDIC's internal controls and accounting procedures by Steven J Sebastian( file )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 844 libraries worldwide
Hedge Funds regulation and nonregulation by United States( file )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 833 libraries worldwide
Government auditing standards by United States( file )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 803 libraries worldwide
Enforcing federal pollution control laws ( file )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 786 libraries worldwide
Wildlife refuges factors and concerns about future sustainability ( file )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 777 libraries worldwide
Hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives a guide for preparation and procedure ( file )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 766 libraries worldwide
Nuclear nonproliferation and the United States ( file )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 759 libraries worldwide
Defense energy management ( file )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 755 libraries worldwide
National emergency responses ( file )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 752 libraries worldwide
Offshore marine aquaculture ( file )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 718 libraries worldwide
Agricultural conservation converting grassland to cropland ( Computer File )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 702 libraries worldwide
Credit and debit cards federal use ( Computer File )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 698 libraries worldwide
Cybersecurity, cyberanalysis, and warning by United States( Computer File )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 684 libraries worldwide
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Alternative Names

controlled identity United States. General Accounting Office

Comptroller General United States, Government Accountability Office
Dīwān al-Musā[alif(hamzah)]alah li-Ḥukūmat al-Wilāyāt al-Mutaḥḥidah
GAO.
GAO (Government Accountability Office)
General Accountability Office.
Government Accountability Office.
Government Accountability Office United States
Government Accounting Office United States
United States Comptroller General Government Accountability Office
United States. Comptroller General of the United States
United States. Government Accountability Office.
United States Government Accounting Office
وان المساءلة لحكومة الولايات المتّحدة
Languages
English (175)
Covers
Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.