GAO-20-542PR 1 (2020-04-27)

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441 G St. N.W.                                                         Comptroller General
Washington, DC 20548                                                    of the United States

April 27, 2020

The Honorable Russell Vought
Acting Director
The Honorable Michael Rigas
Acting Deputy Director for Management
Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20503

Priority Open Recommendations: Office of Management and Budget

Dear Mr. Vought and Mr. Rigas:

The purpose of this letter is to provide an update on the overall status of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) implementation of GAO's recommendations and to call your
personal attention to critical open recommendations that should be given high priority.1 In
November 2019, we reported that on a government-wide basis, 77 percent of our
recommendations made 4 years ago were implemented.2 OMB's recommendation
implementation rate was 52 percent. As of April 2020, OMB had 152 open recommendations.
Fully implementing these open recommendations could yield significant savings and other
improvements in executive branch agency operations.

Since our last letter on OMB's 31 open priority recommendations in April 2019, OMB has
implemented six of the priority recommendations.
    * Guidance developed by OMB and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and
       Efficiency, in June 2018 and July 2019 respectively, implemented two priority
       recommendations that could help reduce improper payments across the federal

    * OMB has engaged in several efforts to better target administrative requirements for
       research grants to universities by focusing on the areas of greatest risk for improper use
       of research funds. For example, it has undertaken broad efforts to reduce the
       administrative burden for grant funding by applying a risk-based framework. OMB has
       also provided flexibilities to research grant recipients by granting an exception in June
       2018 to use higher purchase thresholds. For example, the threshold for micro-purchases
       increased from $3,500 to $10,000.

    * OMB implemented two priority recommendations by including land mobile radio
       equipment in its category management initiative in 2019. This should allow the federal

1Priority recommendations are those that GAO believes warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or
agencies. They are highlighted because, upon implementation, they may significantly improve government
operations, for example, by realizing large dollar savings; eliminating mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or making
progress toward addressing a high-risk or fragmentation, overlap, or duplication issue.
2GAO, Performance and Accountability Report.- Fiscal Year 2019, GAO-20-1 SP (Washington, D.C.: Nov. 19, 2019).

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