GAO Lists 13 'Urgent Issues' for Transition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today published a list of 13 "urgent issues" facing President-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress during Obama's transition into the White House and his first year in office.

The GAO also launched a transition website aimed at making Obama's transition "an informed and smooth one across the federal government." The site lists agency-by-agency issues, money-saving opportunities, management challenges, and a long-term fiscal outlook for the federal government.

The "urgent issues" published today are as follows:

  • 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