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Airport Improvement Program: FAA Complying With Requirement for Local Involvement in Noise Mitigation Projects

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must enforce grant assurance as a condition of providing noise mitigation grants to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport."
Date: December 28, 1998
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Data to Assess Public Health Threat From Resistant Bacteria Are Limited

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential threat to the public's health from antimicrobial resistant bacteria, focusing on: (1) what is known about the public health burden--in terms of illnesses, deaths and treatment costs--due to antimicrobial resistance; (2) potential future burden, given what is known about the development of resistance in microbes and usage of antimicrobials; and (3) federal efforts to gather and provide information about resistance."
Date: April 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Aviation Safety: FAA's New Inspection System Offers Promise, but Problems Need to Be Addressed

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS), focusing on: (1) to what extent ATOS addresses past concerns about FAA's aviation safety inspections; (2) what factors, if any, surfaced during the implementation of ATOS that could impede its success; and (3) what FAA is doing to address any factors that could impede the success of ATOS."
Date: June 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Budget Issues: Treasury's Interest Rate Calculation Changes

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Department of the Treasury's decision to change the calculation of the interest rates used since 1980 to determine the investment returns for a number of government trust funds, including Social Security and Medicare, focusing on: (1) how and why Treasury changed its rules for calculating interest rates in 1980 and 1998; (2) the effects of these changes on the unified budget and on the financial status of Social Security and Medicare trust funds; and (3) what other trust funds were affected by Treasury's decision."
Date: May 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Business and Labor Spending in U.S. Elections

Description: Federal election law has long prohibited corporate and union spending in federal elections, but distinctions in statutes and judicial rulings have opened avenues by which these groups have been able to spend money in the electoral process. Business groups make particular use of political action committee (PAC) donations to candidates and soft money donations to parties. Unions made prominent use of issue advocacy in 1996, but labor’s political strength lies in exempt activity communications with members. This report explains these tools and their use in today’s elections.
Date: October 28, 1997
Creator: Cantor, Joseph E.

Community Development: Census Tracts With High Poverty Levels in Medium-Sized to Large Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified census tracts in medium-sized to large cities that met specific poverty criteria; and (2) provided additional information on each census tract."
Date: July 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Community Policing: Observations on the COPS Program Midway Through Program Implementation

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the implementation of the Community Policing Act, focusing on statutory requirements for implementing the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants."
Date: October 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Competitive Contracting: Preliminary Issues Regarding FAIR Act Implementation

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its observations on the initial implementation of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act of 1998, focusing on: (1) the progress to date in developing and releasing agencies' FAIR Act inventories; (2) the status of the initial steps taken to implement the FAIR Act; and (3) issues related to the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the General Services Administration FAIR Act inventories."
Date: October 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Davis-Bacon Act: Labor's Actions Have Potential to Improve Wage Determinations

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on: (1) the status of the Department of Labor's efforts to improve the Davis-Bacon Act wage determination process; and (2) whether the changes Labor is making are likely to address the timeliness and accuracy of wage determinations."
Date: May 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Defense Acquisitions: Testing of F-15 and F-16 Radomes

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO provided information on the potential for shortfalls in the performance of two radomes, one for the F-15 Eagle and one for the F-16 Falcon, focusing on whether replacement radomes, bought for spares and supplied by vendors other than the original manufacturer, met the Air Force's specifications for the original radomes."
Date: January 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

District of Columbia: Status of the New Convention Center Project

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a status report on the construction of the new Washington Convention Center, focusing on: (1) the status of the project; (2) changes in the Washington Convention Center Authority's (WCCA) estimated project costs and financing plan since GAO's last report; and (3) actual expenditures and collection of dedicated taxes."
Date: September 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Domestic Aviation: Effects of Changes in How Airline Tickets Are Sold

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) how changes in the way airlines sell tickets affected travel agencies and consumers; (2) airlines' policies and practices for the sale and use of airline tickets sold by travel agencies compared with the sale and use of tickets sold directly by airlines; (3) what airlines' policies and practices are for making their airfares, particularly discount fares, accessible to travel agencies and consumers; and (4) what airlines' policies and practices are regarding the use of data on travel agency sales."
Date: July 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The Postal Service Needs to Better Ensure the Quality of EEO Complaint Data

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO reviewed certain discrepancies in the complaint data that the Postal Service reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the need for the Service to take additional steps to ensure that such data are complete, accurate, and reliable."
Date: September 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Export Controls: Implementation of the 1998 Legislative Mandate for High Performance Computers

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the export of high performance computers to countries of concern that might use the computers for military or nuclear proliferation purposes, focusing on whether: (1) exporters' notifications to the Department of Commerce of proposed sales of high performance computers to countries of concern have resulted in any license applications and what action was taken on these licenses; and (2) Commerce is verifying the use of high performance computers after their export to these countries."
Date: October 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Farm Service Agency: Characteristics of Small County Offices

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Farm Service Agency (FSA), focusing on the: (1) number of FSA county offices with three or fewer permanent full-time employees; (2) characteristics of these offices, including their proximity to another county office, their workload, the level of FSA program benefits delivered, the relative contribution of farming to total county income, and the number of farms and farmland acres in the counties served by these offices; and (3) ways in which varying the criteria associated with these characteristics can affect the number of county offices that are candidates for closure and consolidation."
Date: May 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Federal Debt: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions--An Update

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated its report on frequently asked questions on the federal debt, focusing on: (1) how debt is defined and measured; (2) who holds federal debt; (3) how much it has grown in recent years; and (4) its significance to the national economy."
Date: May 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Federal Power: PMA Rate Impacts, by Service Area

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the future role of the power market administrations (PMA) by providing a PMA-by-PMA analysis of the potential rate changes that would likely be experienced by preference customers who buy power from the Southeastern Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and Western Area Power Administration if the power is sold at market rates."
Date: January 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Financial Audit: District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund's Fiscal Years 1998 and 1997 Financial Statements

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO presented the results of its audit of the District of Columbia's Highway Trust Fund, focusing on: (1) GAO's opinion on the effectiveness of the District's internal control related to the Fund as of September 30, 1998; and (2) the results of GAO's evaluation of the District's fiscal year 1998 compliance with laws and regulations as they relate to the Fund."
Date: September 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Financial Audit: MedPAC's Fiscal Year 1998 Schedules of Expenditures and Budgetary Resources

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO reported on the results of the financial-related audit, conducted by KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) Schedules of Expenditures and Budgetary Resources for the year ended September 30, 1998."
Date: April 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Financial Management: Better Controls Essential to Improve the Reliability of DOD's Depot Inventory Records

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the reliability of the Department of Defense's (DOD) depot inventory records, focusing on: (1) DOD's procedures for verifying the accuracy of its perpetual inventory records; and (2) the internal controls over the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) physical inventory process to determine whether they provide a reliable, accurate measure of the perpetual inventory records."
Date: June 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Food Safety: The Agricultural Use of Antibiotics and Its Implications for Human Health

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on antibiotic resistance issues that may stem from the use of antibiotics in agriculture, focusing on the: (1) use of antibiotics in agriculture and the implications of that use for human health; (2) federal roles and responsibilities for overseeing the use of antibiotics in agriculture; and (3) issues surrounding the debate over whether to further regulate or restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture."
Date: April 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Fresh Produce: Potential Consequences of Country-of-Origin Labeling

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the labelling requirements for fresh produce, focusing on: (1) the potential costs associated with the compliance and enforcement of a mandatory country-of-origin labelling requirement at the retail level for fresh produce; (2) the potential trade issues associated with such a requirement; (3) the potential impact of such a requirement on the ability of the federal government and the public to respond to outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fresh produce; and (4) consumers' views of country-of-origin labelling."
Date: April 28, 1999
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.

Habitat Evaluation Procedure Report For Proposed Kaniksu Unit Of The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Description: Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to acquire a 706-acre property located in Stevens County, Washington. The new acquisition would be called the Kaniksu Unit. A habitat evaluation was conducted on the property using the Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP) methodology (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1980). Evaluation species were black-capped chickadee, mallard, ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer. Life requisites evaluated were food and reproduction for black-capped chickadee, food, cover, and reproduction for mallard, available winter browse for white-tailed deer and fall-to-spring cover for ruffed grouse.
Date: January 28, 1999
Creator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service