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Open Recommendations

Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions Needed to Effectively Manage the Preservation of the Force and Family Program

GAO-22-104486
Dec 16, 2021
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5 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that SOCOM updates or establishes guidance to define more clearly the objective to coordinate POTFF programs to create an integrated and holistic system of care, including clearly defining the actions necessary to fulfill this objective. (Recommendation 1)
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DOD fully concurred with this recommendation.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that SOCOM revises or develops guidance that identifies the specific roles and responsibilities and defines the parameters for the POTFF domain representative position at the service components and TSOCs. (Recommendation 2)
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DOD fully concurred with this recommendation.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that SOCOM updates its staffing allocation model by using program data to assess its workforce requirements and to determine the appropriate number and types of POTFF service providers. (Recommendation 3)
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DOD fully concurred with this recommendation.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that SOCOM develops a staff deployment strategy that aligns with its updated staff allocation model to routinely reevaluate and determine that the appropriate number and types of POTFF service providers are available to support SOF personnel. (Recommendation 4)
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DOD fully concurred with this recommendation.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that SOCOM develops guidance for POTFF data collection, governance, and management that aligns with SOCOM's Enterprise Data Strategy for managing data, including, among other things, making POTFF data and data systems usable, interoperable, secure, well governed, and informative for decision makers. (Recommendation 5)
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DOD fully concurred with this recommendation.

Social Security Administration: Actions Needed by SSA to Ensure Disability Medical Consultants Are Properly Screened and Trained

GAO-22-103815
Nov 09, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Social Security Administration The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration should take additional steps to ensure DDSs conduct required SAM checks for consultants, such as policy reminders or periodic checks of compliance. (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.
Social Security Administration The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration should take additional steps to ensure DDSs' compliance with SSA's training policy for consultants, such as reviewing the adequacy of training DDSs provide or sending DDSs periodic reminders about initial and follow-up training policies. (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.

Youth Homelessness: HUD and HHS Could Enhance Coordination to Better Support Communities

GAO-21-540
Nov 01, 2021
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10 Open Recommendations
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Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, in coordination with HHS's Family and Youth Services Bureau, should develop additional information for homelessness providers on how the coordinated entry process can more effectively serve youth. This information should address (1) how to help ensure that youth are not consistently prioritized below older adults for housing and services in coordinated entry systems and (2) how CoCs can work with RHY providers and other stakeholders to serve youth who are not prioritized for housing or are not eligible for housing under CoC program rules. (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.
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs should provide additional information to CoCs to clarify how they could meet the standards outlined in regulation for serving people in Category 3 of HUD's definition of homelessness. This information should include examples that illustrate specific ways that CoCs could demonstrate that use of funds to serve these youth and families meets Category 3 requirements, including methods CoCs could use to develop estimates of cost-effectiveness. (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.
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness The Interim Executive Director of USICH, in coordination with HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs and HHS's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, should establish a timeline for developing and disseminating information, such as an interactive decision-making tool, to help providers accurately identify the federal homelessness assistance programs for which individuals seeking services are eligible. (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.
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, in coordination with USICH and HHS's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, should establish a timeline for developing and disseminating information, such as an interactive decision-making tool, to help providers accurately identify the federal homelessness assistance programs for which individuals seeking services are eligible. (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 Health and Human Services HHS's Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in coordination with USICH and HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, should establish a timeline for developing and disseminating information, such as an interactive decision-making tool, to help providers accurately identify the federal homelessness assistance programs for which individuals seeking services are eligible. (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.
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, in coordination with HHS's Family and Youth Services Bureau and Children's Bureau, should develop information for local providers that includes examples of how communities have addressed the needs of unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness, including the role of the CoC program and other entities (such as RHY providers and child welfare) in serving this population in these communities. (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.

Social Security Disability: Ticket to Work Helped Some Participants, but Overpayments Increased Program Costs

GAO-22-104031
Oct 28, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Social Security Administration The Commissioner of Social Security should identify the root causes of overpayments to Ticket to Work participants specifically then take appropriate actions to address them. (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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