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Writing on the Wall: Report Suggests Border Project Is Off-Track and Over Budget > ENGINEERING.com
According to the GAO, the results of the test were less than satisfactory. All four concrete prototypes would present “extensive” construction challenges, two of the others would present “substantial” challenges, and the last two would present only “moderate” challenges. Six of the prototypes would need “substantial” or “extensive” design changes to accommodate surface drainage, and the same number would require “substantial” or “extensive” changes to accommodate Border Patrol’s gates.

Only four of the prototypes could be built on 45-degree slopes, while three of them would not be constructible on any slope over 15 percent. One of the prototypes could not be constructed on any slope without a redesign. This is a particular challenge on the U.S. southern border, where much of the terrain is difficult or mountainous. While the original GAO report included data on the susceptibility of the walls to scaling and breaching, CBP asked that the GAO not make that information public out of security concerns.
Trump  wall  engineering  fail  GAO  report  politics  immigration 
january 2019 by Quercki
White House vs GAO
This sounds like a big step towards further corruption
politics  whitehouse  government  gao  corruption  trump 
june 2018 by nelson
U.S. GAO - Technology Assessment: Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications - March 2018
The Comptroller General convened the Forum on AI to consider the policy and research implications of AI’s use in 4 areas with the potential to significantly affect daily life—cybersecurity, automated vehicles, criminal justice, and financial services. The forum highlighted the fact that AI will have far-reaching effects on society—even if AI capabilities stopped advancing today. We looked at the prospects for AI in the near future, and identified areas where changes in policy and research may be needed.
GAO  AI 
march 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Commercial Space Launch Insurance: FAA Needs to Fully Address Mandated Requirements, Jan 2018
"What GAO Found
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA)."


"FAA said that it ensured this balance by improving its methodology, but it did not reevaluate its probability thresholds after revising its methodology. These thresholds are used to divide the risk of loss between launch companies and the government."
FAA  GAO  space  launch  insurance 
january 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Telecommunications: FCC Should Improve Monitoring of Industry Efforts to Strengthen Wireless Network Resiliency
What GAO Found: The number of wireless outages attributed to a physical incident—a natural disaster, accident, or other manmade event, such as vandalism—increased from 2009 to 2016, as reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During this time, the number of outages substantially increased from 189 to 1,079 outages, with most of the increase occurring from 2009 to 2011.

What GAO Recommends: FCC should work with industry to develop specific performance measures for the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, monitor the framework's outcomes, and promote awareness of it. FCC agreed with the recommendations.
GAO  FCC  resilience  telecoms  cellular 
january 2018 by pierredv
[pdf] GAO - FCC Should Track Growth to Ensure Sufficient Spectrum Remains Available
Highlights of GAO-18-71, a report to congressional requesters

What GAO Found

The stakeholders GAO spoke with identified two primary spectrum-related challenges for the internet of things (IoT)—the availability of spectrum and managing interference. Although not considered an immediate concern, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff and some stakeholders noted that rapid increases in IoT devices that use large amounts of spectrum—called highbandwidth devices—could quickly overwhelm networks, as happened with smart phones. Stakeholders and FCC staff also indicated that managing interference is becoming more challenging as the number of IoT and other wireless devices grows, particularly in bands that do not require a spectrum license

What GAO Recommends

FCC should track the growth in (1) high-bandwidth IoT devices and (2) IoT devices that rely on unlicensed spectrum. FCC did not believe these actions are necessary but noted that it would ask its TAC to periodically review and report on IoT’s growth. GAO continues to believe the recommendations are valid.
GAO  IoT  FCC 
november 2017 by pierredv
Will the Trump administration ever be held accountable for its abuses? Here’s one way it might. - The Washington Post
Government Accountability Office

“GAO is an extraordinarily valuable tool for provoking oversight — it gives the minority a key tool,” Sarah Binder, a congressional expert at George Washington University, told me today. “If taxpayer dollars are being used to sabotage the law, that’s a constitutional problem.”
politics  healthcare  republicanparty  democraticparty  government  unitedstates  whatnow  GAO 
july 2017 by dirtystylus
FLASH Protest
Protests are dismissed where agency’s determination to terminate the challenged contract awards and cancel the underlying solicitation renders the protests academic.
FLASH  GAO 
june 2017 by dan.p.taylor
Native American Education - Education Week
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs consistently lets safety problems slide in the 185 schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office.
AI  GAO  BIE 
june 2017 by nara.nayar

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