The human capital issue was the only one added to GAO's high-risk list this year. Five major issues--the year 2000 computer challenge, the 2000 Census, the Superfund Program, farm loan programs and the National Weather Service's modernization plan--were removed from the list. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Program was also removed from the list, though the department as a whole remains designated as high-risk. GAO also modified two functions of the Internal Revenue Service, reducing its Earned Income Credit compliance and expanding its unpaid tax collection programs, but the agency's tax systems modernization has been on the list since 1995.
Still, the list has grown from eight programs to 22 in the past 10 years, demonstrating that agencies "have made little progress in resolving the core management challenges that continue to plague the federal government," said Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.