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GAO chief: reorganization, High Risk List go hand-in-hand improving government effectiveness

For some department leaders and agency managers, the Government Accountability Office’s High Risk List is an albatross around their necks, but Comptroller General Gene Dodaro says now is a perfect time to lighten their loads and consider recommendations as they implement their reorganization plans.

Speaking at an Aug. 23 National Academy of Public Administration event in Washington, D.C., Dodaro said he’s sent letters to agency and department heads outlining open GAO recommendations not only on the High Risk List, but ones related to overlap, duplication and fragmentation.

“At any one time, even though 77 percent of our recommendations are implemented, there will probably be 4,000 or 5,000 open recommendations at GAO,” Dodaro said. “But I prioritized the ones that I thought were important and I wanted to get that to them, so they could consider that in their reorganization efforts. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to look at open GAO recommendations and see if they want to embrace that as part of their reorganization effort. So we’ll wait and see, but we’ve done our part; we’ve given them the information to help them make informed decisions and I’m in the process of meeting with all the new heads of departments and agencies and their leadership teams … doing appropriate outreach given our role and our independence.”

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