The Defense Department is not doing enough to track how its research and development efforts successfully transition to acquisition programs or are fielded, a new Government Accountability Office report found.
A recent internal audit found that NASA lacked some security measures around its Space Network Project and the White Sands Complex.
The investigation by the HHS inspector general found a number of flaws in the program launch, notably in physical security, enrollment, system access and web security.
Improvements to a national radiation monitoring system hampered by long-delayed repairs and maintenance has improved the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to assess such threats to the public and environment, a July 22 internal audit has found.
A nearly $3 million facility the United States built in Afghanistan for local farmers has sat unused for the last year despite interest from locals in leasing it, says a July 21 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report. The project, developed by the Defense Department's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations is at risk of failing, the report says, because the DoD didn't identify an investor to take ownership before construction began.
A federal office created to be an "independent voice" for small businesses within the government needs to strengthen its research, regulatory and workforce planning activities to better serve that community, congressional investigators said.
NASA is spending more money than it should to maintain one of its software verification and validation facilities, leaving less funding to evaluate the software, a report by the space agency's inspector general found.
The Justice Department said July 22 that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corp., alleging the company "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.
Although the Federal Communications Commission has begun making funding reforms to a program to support both telephone and broadband service in rural areas, congressional investigators said the agency needs to do a better job in collecting and analyzing data to gauge the program's effectiveness.
While only 15 percent of Americans say they approve of Congress, it's a jump from last year's record low of 9 percent, a recent Gallup poll finds. The July 15 poll of 1,013 adults from July 1-10 is virtually unchanged from the 16-percent approval recorded in the prior month. The margin of sampling error for the poll is 4 percentage points.