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GAO: NNSA Should Improve Management of Lithium Activities

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has facilities to process lithium—a key material in nuclear weapons. However, these facilities have deteriorated and NNSA has proposed a new facility to meet the demand for lithium.

GAO Slams DHS for Failing to Recognize Deteriorating Threat Environment that Led to Capitol Attack

The Department of Homeland Security has been condemned by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for its inflexibility and failure to designate January 6, 2021 as a special event.

DoD Should Address Weaknesses in Contractors’ Oversight of Human Trafficking, GAO Says

For overseas missions, Defense contractors rely on foreign workers for services like construction and security. Some workers have alleged labor abuses, like wage withholding, despite the government's zero-tolerance policy on forced labor and human trafficking.

GAO: COVID-19 Response Revealed Opportunities to Strengthen Biodefense Preparedness

The Government Accountability Office found agencies don't routinely work together to monitor exercise results to identify potential patterns of problems.

GAO Finds Cargo Screening Weaknesses as TSA Plans Covert Testing at Foreign Airports

The threat of explosives reaching the United States via air cargo is significant. Terrorists have attempted to use air cargo shipments to smuggle concealed explosives into the United States previously, and will continue to do so.

GAO: Congress Should Consider Updating Flood Insurance Purchase Requirement

FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners with federally regulated mortgages to purchase flood insurance for properties located in high-risk areas. But some of FEMA's floodplain maps delineating those areas are outdated.

GAO Finds in COVID-19 Contracting Opportunities to Improve Practices to Assess Prospective Vendors

Contracting during an emergency can be challenging. For example, contracting officers had to buy things that their agencies don't usually buy, and faced pressure to award contracts quickly.

Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements Could Provide Lessons Learned for Future Emergency Responses

The Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, and NASA reported bills totaling $883 million for paid leave costs incurred by contractors. These agencies implemented policies and tracked reimbursements in different ways.
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