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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Recommendations Update for 2011

Description: GAO reports often present detailed recommendations that address important regulatory issues to FDA. Each year, the agency is required to provide an update to GAO on the progress it are making addressing GAO’s recommendations. This project will track the implementation of a more systematic approach to reviewing those annual updates. The GAO team will work with the agency Centers and programs to obtain updates on the status of GAO recommendations. These efforts will help to ensure that GAO is kept fully apprised of FDA’s efforts to address their recommendations and that FDA’s responses are optimal from a policy perspective.

Accomplishment: Each year, the Agency is required to provide an update to GAO on progress we are making addressing their recommendations. This year we implemented a more systematic approach to reviewing those annual updates and provided GAO with updates on the outstanding recommendations for 30 closed studies. Based on the lessons learned from this effort, we will improve the process for next year by streamlining the review and clearance process. These efforts will help to ensure that GAO is kept fully apprised of our efforts to address their recommendations and that our responses are optimal from a policy perspective and provided to GAO in a timely manner.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Meet with Center Liaisons to launch project and provide Centers with information on the studies that will need to be updated

2/7/2011

Completed 2/7/2011

B. Finalize Policy Review Form and memo to Office of Policy (OP)

2/7/2011

Completed 2/27/2011

C. Receive updates on status of recommendations from the Centers/Program Offices

4/1/2011

Completed 6/1/2011

D. Review updates for relevancy, add to Policy Review Form, and send to OP for review

4/8/2011

Completed 6/29/2011

E. OP/OPPB/IO conducts review, finalizes responses and sends to GAO Team

8/19/2011

Completed 8/30/2011

F. Compile responses and send updates to GAO

8/31/2011

Completed 8/30/2011

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.

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Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.