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Posthearing Questions Related to Proposed DOD Human Capital Reform

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "On June 4, 2003, GAO testified before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs at a hearing entitled "Transforming the Department of Defense Personnel System: Finding the Right Approach." This letter responds to a request that we provide answers to posthearing questions from Senator George V. Voinovich and Senator Thomas R. Carper concerning the proposed Department of Defense (DOD) Human Capital Reform."
Date: July 3, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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CDC's April 2002 Report On Smoking: Estimates of Selected Health Consequences of Cigarette Smoking Were Reasonable

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Despite a recent decline in the population that smokes, smoking is considered the leading cause of preventable death in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2 million deaths in the 5-year period from 1995 through 1999 were attributable to cigarette smoking. CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a primary source of information on the h… more
Date: July 17, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Human Capital: A Guide for Assessing Strategic Training and Development Efforts in the Federal Government (Exposure Draft) (Superseded by GAO-04-546G)

Description: Guidance issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "This publication has been superseded by GAO-04-546G, Human Capital: A Guide for Assessing Strategic Training and Development Efforts in the Federal Government, March 2004. This guide introduces a framework, consisting of a set of principles and key questions that federal agencies can use to ensure that their training and development investments are targeted strategically and are not wasted on efforts that are irrelev… more
Date: July 1, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Securities Investor Protection: Update on Matters Related to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "As result of ongoing concerns about the adequacy of disclosures provided to investors about the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and investors' responsibilities to protect their investments, GAO issued a report in 2001 entitled Securities Investor Protection: Steps Needed to Better Disclose SIPC Policies to Investors (GAO-01-653). GAO was asked to determine the status of recommendations made t… more
Date: July 11, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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SEC and CFTC Fines Follow-Up: Collection Programs Are Improving, but Further Steps Are Warranted

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Collecting fines ordered for violations of securities and futures laws helps ensure that violators are held accountable for their offenses and may also deter future violations. The requesters asked GAO to evaluate the actions the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have taken to address earlier recommendations for improving their collection programs. The com… more
Date: July 15, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Spent Nuclear Fuel: Options Exist to Further Enhance Security

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Spent nuclear fuel, the used fuel periodically removed from nuclear power reactors, is one of the most hazardous materials made by man. Nuclear power companies currently store 50,000 tons of spent fuel at 72 sites in 33 states. That amount will increase through 2010, when the Department of Energy (DOE) expects to open a permanent repository for this fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Concerns have been raised sin… more
Date: July 15, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Navy Working Capital Fund: Backlog of Funded Work at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Was Consistently Understated

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has hundreds of millions of dollars of funded work that its working capital fund activities did not complete before the end of the fiscal year. Reducing the amount of workload carryover at fiscal year-end is a key factor in the effective management of Department of Defense (DOD) resources and in minimizing the "banking" of funds for work to be performed in s… more
Date: July 1, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Equal Employment Opportunity: SSA Region X's Changes to Its EEO Process Illustrate Need for Agencywide Procedures

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Employees at the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Region X--which covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington--expressed concern about the Region's equal employment opportunity (EEO) process for employment discrimination complaints. GAO was asked to (1) provide information for fiscal years 1997 through 2001 on the composition of the Region X workforce and for personnel actions such as promotions, awards… more
Date: July 16, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Securities and Exchange Commission: Preliminary Observations on SEC's Spending and Strategic Planning

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "In February 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) received the largest budget increase in the history of the agency. The increased funding was designed to better position SEC to address serious issues identified in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and to better enable SEC to address numerous operational and human capital management challenges discussed in the GAO report entitled SEC Operations: Increased Workload… more
Date: July 23, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Compact of Free Association: An Assessment of the Amended Compacts and Related Agreements

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "In 1986, the United States entered into a Compact of Free Association with the Pacific Island nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, or FSM, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or RMI. The Compact provided about $2.1 billion in U.S. funds, supplied by the Department of the Interior, over 17 years (1987-2003) to the FSM and the RMI. These funds were intended to advance economic development. In a past re… more
Date: July 10, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Human Capital: Further Guidance, Assistance, and Coordination Can Improve Federal Telework Efforts

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Telework--work done at a location other than a traditional office--has gained widespread attention over the past decade as a human capital flexibility offering various potential benefits to employers, employees, and society. Using such flexibilities as management tools can help the federal government address its human capital challenges. GAO did this study in response to a congressional request to assess the f… more
Date: July 18, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition: Cooperative Program Needs Greater Oversight to Ensure Goals Are Met

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a cooperative program between the Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. allies for developing and producing next generation fighter aircraft to replace aging inventories. As currently planned, the JSF program is DOD's most expensive aircraft program to date, costing an estimated $200 billion to procure about 2,600 aircraft and related support equipment. Many in DOD consider JSF… more
Date: July 21, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Wildland Fires: Forest Service's Removal of Timber Burned by Wildland Fires

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Wildland fires burned over 8 million acres during the 2000 wildfire season, making it one of the worst in the past 50 years. As a result, a National Fire Plan was implemented beginning in 2001 to better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and repair damage caused by wildland fires. In fiscal years 2001 through 2003, Congress provided $4.9 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service to im… more
Date: July 10, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Business Systems Modernization: Summary of GAO's Assessment of the Department of Defense's Initial Business Enterprise Architecture

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) faces financial and related management problems that are pervasive, complex, long-standing, and deeply rooted in virtually all business operations throughout the department. These problems have impeded the department's ability to provide complete, reliable, and timely business information to the Congress, DOD managers, and other decision makers. Of the 25 areas on our governmentw… more
Date: July 7, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Bonneville Power Administration: Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) provides about 45 percent of all electric power consumed in the Pacific Northwest--Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The power that BPA markets and distributes is generated in large part at hydroelectric projects including dams in the Federal Columbia River Power System. BPA also owns and operates about 75 percent of the region's services. Under the Pacific Northw… more
Date: July 1, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over IRS's Excise Tax Certification Process

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with other components of the Department of the Treasury, collects and distributes excise tax receipts to government trust funds. As the nation's tax collector, IRS plays a critical role in this process. Consequently, trust funds and their administrators depend on IRS to have sound procedures and controls over this process to ensure that excise taxes are appropriately di… more
Date: July 23, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Results-Oriented Cultures: Implementation Steps to Assist Mergers and Organizational Transformations

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Comptroller General convened a forum in September 2002 to identify useful practices and lessons learned from major private and public sector mergers, acquisitions, and organizational transformations. This was done to help federal agencies implement successful transformations of their cultures, as well as the new Department of Homeland Security merge its various originating components into a unified depar… more
Date: July 2, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Defense Management: Opportunities to Reduce Corrosion Costs and Increase Readiness

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains equipment and infrastructure worth billions of dollars in many environments where corrosion is causing military assets to deteriorate, shortening their useful life. The resulting increase in required repairs and replacements drives up costs and takes critical systems out of action, reducing mission readiness. GAO was asked to review military activities related to corro… more
Date: July 7, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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FY 2004 Annual Report on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Under section 1308 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (P.L. 106-398), the Department of Defense is to submit an annual report to Congress on its Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program no later than the first Monday in February of each year. The report should include a five-year plan that discusses the amount and purpose of funding needed over the term of the plan and a descriptio… more
Date: July 18, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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National Science Foundation: Status of the Business Analysis Plan Contract

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "In June 2002, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a 3-year, $14.8 million contract for a business analysis plan to support three key management areas at the foundation: its business processes, human capital, and information technology. The contract is to be completed by September 30, 2005, and is to result in seven deliverables, including a project plan to guide the contractor's work. The Chairman, Se… more
Date: July 10, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Thrift Savings Plan: Delayed Allocation of Failed System Development Costs to Participant Accounts

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees, governed by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Board). The TSP is a defined contribution retirement plan available to eligible federal employees. The TSP had about 2.6 million participants and held about $100.6 billion in Net Assets Available for Benefits as of December 31, 2001, and about 3 million par… more
Date: July 22, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Consumer Credit: Limited Information Exists on Extent of Credit Report Errors and Their Implications for Consumers

Description: A statement of record issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Accurate credit reports are critical to the credit process--for consumers attempting to obtain credit and to lending institutions making decisions about extending credit. In today's sophisticated and highly calibrated credit markets, credit report errors can have significant monetary implications to consumers and credit granters. In recognition of the importance of this issue, the Senate Committee on Ban… more
Date: July 31, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Financial Management: Audit of the Centennial of Flight Commission for Fiscal Year 2002

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Centennial of Flight Commission (Commission) was created on November 13, 1998, by the Centennial of Flight Commemoration Act (Public Law 105-389, as amended by Public Law 106-68). The purpose of the Commission is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. The Commission is to provide recommendations and advice to the President, th… more
Date: July 31, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Group Purchasing Organizations: Use of Contracting Processes and Strategies to Award Contracts for Medical-Surgical Products

Description: A statement of record issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Hospitals have increasingly relied on purchasing intermediaries--GPOs--to keep the cost of medical-surgical products in check. By pooling purchases for their hospital customers, GPOs'in awarding contracts to medical-surgical product manufacturers--may negotiate lower prices for these products. Some manufacturers contend that GPOs are slow to select products to place on contract and establish high adminis… more
Date: July 16, 2003
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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