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GAO’s “Urgent Issues” List


By Joe Davidson

The Government Accountability Office this morning released a list of 13 “urgent issues” needing the attention of President-elect Barack Obama and Congress during the transition and the first year of the new administration.

“With the serious challenges related to financial markets and the economy, the financial crisis facing the nation, two wars underway, and the first transition since 9/11 and the creation of a Department of Homeland Security, this is absolutely a unique time,” said Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

“GAO has combed through all of its recent work to help identify where its work can help address urgent challenges facing the nation now, to assist new appointees in every agency zero in on the challenges of that particular agency, and to help identify areas with the potential to save the nation billions of dollars.”

GAO said the 13 urgent issues need “continuing oversight to ensure the nation’s security and well-being.” Listed alphabetically, they are:

  • Caring for Service Members
  • Defense Readiness
  • Defense Spending
  • Food Safety
  • Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
  • Oversight of Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Preparing for Large-Scale Health Emergencies
  • Protecting the Homeland
  • Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting
  • Retirement of the Space Shuttle
  • Surface Transportation
  • The 2010 Census
  • Transition to Digital TV

The list is the centerpiece of a transition Web site the agency launched last week.

By Terri Rupar  |  November 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET