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Agency Relocations: Following Leading Practices Will Better Position USDA to Mitigate the Ongoing Impacts on Its Workforce

GAO-23-104709
Jan 13, 2023
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8 Open Recommendations
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should expand the departmental regulation on reorganizations to more fully reflect leading practices on agency reforms, such as documenting performance measures and enhancing employee engagement. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should expand the departmental regulation on reorganizations to apply its guidance to all departmental reorganizations and require documentation of the reasons for any deviation from the departmental regulation, including for decisions by the Secretary to do so. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Research, Education, and Economics Under Secretary should require ERS to more fully follow leading practices for strategic workforce planning, such as documenting a strategic workforce plan and agency succession plans. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Research, Education, and Economics Under Secretary should require NIFA to more fully follow leading practices for strategic workforce planning, such as documenting a strategic workforce plan and agency succession plans. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Research, Education, and Economics Under Secretary should require ERS to more fully follow leading practices for training and development, such as planning for, designing, implementing, and evaluating training and development programs and efforts. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Research, Education, and Economics Under Secretary should require NIFA to more fully follow leading practices for training and development, such as planning for, designing, implementing, and evaluating training and development programs and efforts. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Commerce Working Capital Fund: Policy and Performance Measure Enhancements Could Help Strengthen Management

GAO-23-104624
Dec 13, 2022
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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce Commerce's Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration should document in the WCF Handbook the process, including roles and responsibilities, for determining and reviewing whether activities should be funded through the WCF or through another account, such as Commerce's Salaries and Expenses appropriation account. (Recommendation 1)
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In its comments on our report, Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that it plans to document this process in the next Working Capital Fund Handbook. When we confirm what actions Commerce has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce Commerce's Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration should document a policy for managing the WCF's balances—including the end-of-year unobligated and obligated balances—that describes how fund managers should evaluate, use, and maintain the balances over time. (Recommendation 2)
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In its comments on our report, Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that it plans to document a policy for managing the Working Capital Fund's (WCF) balances in the next WCF Handbook. When we confirm what actions Commerce has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce Commerce's Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration should create performance measures and a process for evaluating the WCF's overall management, such as measuring the billing error rates or the reliability of cost information. These performance measures should be aligned with Commerce's strategic goals to help determine if the WCF is operating effectively. (Recommendation 3)
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In its comments on our report, Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that it plans to create new performance measures to evaluate the Working Capital Fund's overall management. When we confirm what actions Commerce has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce Commerce's Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary for Administration should coordinate with OSFM and WCF service providers to create and document a process to regularly review the results of WCF performance measures. (Recommendation 4)
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In its comments on our report, Commerce agreed with this recommendation and stated that it plans to coordinate with Working Capital Fund service providers and customers to regularly review and communicate the results of performance measures. When we confirm what actions Commerce has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Justice: Actions Needed to Better Track and Monitor Responses to Congressional Correspondence

GAO-23-105231
Nov 02, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that ExecSec and OLA maintain readily available, accurate, and complete congressional correspondence data to track responses in DOJ's department-wide correspondence management system. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that ExecSec and OLA develop guidance on correspondence management system data quality. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that OLA develops department-wide goals and related performance measures for timeliness in responding to congressional correspondence. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Federal Real Property: GSA Should Leverage Lessons Learned from New Sale and Transfer Process

GAO-23-104815
Oct 07, 2022
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
General Services Administration The Administrator of the GSA, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, should develop a process to collect, share, and apply lessons learned from the implementation of FASTA to improve the final 2024 round and future disposal efforts, including reporting any lessons learned through this process, to Congress. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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