GAO’s 2017 High Risk Report: 34 Programs in Peril

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: February 15, 2017 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To discuss the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2017 High Risk List and highlight the problems that remain unaddressed.
  • To consider solutions that will move these programs off of the High Risk List.


  • On Wednesday, GAO will release its biennial High Risk List of government operations with the greatest vulnerability to fraud, waste, and mismanagement as well as recommendations that must be implemented for removal from the list.
  • Programs or functions on the list involve risks to public health or safety, service delivery, national security, economic growth, privacy, etc., that put $1 billion or more at risk.
  • The list includes 34 areas of high risk to the federal government and includes three new areas: (1) the 2020 Decennial Census; (2) Improving Federal Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members; and (3) U.S. Government’s Environmental Liabilities.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro Comptroller General U.S. Government Accountability Office Document