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Aviation Security Programs: TSA Should Clarify Compliance Program Guidance and Address User Concerns with Its Data Systems

GAO-22-105063
Sep 27, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Transportation Security Administration The TSA Administrator should, in consultation with its inspectors as well as with airports and air carriers, provide further guidance for inspectors and regulated entities indicating when an action plan may be an effective method for resolving a compliance violation. (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.
Transportation Security Administration The TSA Administrator should ensure the Information Technology and Compliance offices conduct an assessment to identify and address user concerns as PARIS transitions to the new platform. (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.
Transportation Security Administration The Administrator of TSA should ensure the Information Technology office identify, document, and share lessons learned from the agency's experiences transitioning the PARIS, LInKS, and GRADS data systems to a new platform in advance of future transitions. (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.

Maritime Administration: Actions Needed to Enhance Cargo Preference Oversight

GAO-22-105160
Sep 12, 2022
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Maritime Administration The Administrator of MARAD should publicly report, on an annual basis, the cargo preference data it receives to provide information on the total cargo volumes and amounts shipped on U.S.- and foreign-flag vessels for each federal agency. (Recommendation 1)
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In its written response to our report MARAD concurred with this recommendation. We will continue to monitor and report on MARAD's progress in fully implementing it.
Maritime Administration The Administrator of MARAD should take steps to develop regulations to oversee and enforce compliance with cargo preference requirements. These steps should include evaluating options for overcoming challenges to developing such regulations, such as: (1) using a negotiated rulemaking as a means to address challenges achieving consensus on how to implement cargo preference requirements, and (2) developing and communicating a legislative proposal to address statutory challenges MARAD has identified. (Recommendation 2)
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In its written response to our report MARAD concurred with this recommendation. We will continue to monitor and report on MARAD's progress in fully implementing it.

National Highways: Analysis of Available Data Could Better Ensure Equitable Pavement Condition

GAO-22-104578
Jul 28, 2022
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Federal Highway Administration The Deputy Administrator of FHWA should analyze pavement condition data, such as Highway Performance Monitoring System data, to examine the concentration of poor pavement in specific areas within states and differences in pavement condition by community or other characteristics, which could include race and ethnicity, poverty, or population density. Such an analysis could also incorporate more recent pavement condition data, control for additional factors that may affect pavement condition, or include statistical modeling of pavement conditions within a state. (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.
Federal Highway Administration Based on the outcome of FHWA's analyses of pavement condition data, the Deputy Administrator of FHWA should identify potential strategies to help states detect and address issues that could contribute to concentrations in poor pavement and differences in pavement condition by community or other characteristics, which could include race and ethnicity, poverty, or population density. (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.

Contact Tracing for Air Travel: CDC's Data System Needs Substantial Improvement

GAO-22-105018
Jul 11, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of CDC should implement controls for the entry of data into its Quarantine Activity Reporting System (QARS), including by providing adequate training and standard operating procedures that are documented and institutionalized for system users and by conducting consistent validation checks. (Recommendation 1)
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The CDC concurred with this recommendation and said it would take steps to implement it. When we confirm what actions the CDC has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of CDC should assess additional opportunities to improve the quality of air passenger information it collects and manages— including opportunities to increase automation by adopting or establishing data exchange standards—and take action, as appropriate, based on this assessment. (Recommendation 2)
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The CDC concurred with this recommendation and said it would take steps to implement it. When we confirm what actions the CDC has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of CDC should re-design QARS or deploy a new data system that would allow CDC to more effectively facilitate contact tracing for air passengers and conduct disease surveillance for air travel. (Recommendation 3)
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The CDC concurred with this recommendation and said it would take steps to implement it. When we confirm what actions the CDC has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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