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September 11: More Effective Collaboration Could Enhance Charitable Organizations' Contributions in Disasters

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Surveys suggest that as many as two-thirds of American households have donated money to charitable organizations to aid in the response to the September 11 disasters. To provide the public with information on the role of charitable aid in assisting those affected by the attacks, GAO was asked to report on the amount of donations charities raised and distributed, the accountability measures in place to prevent … more
Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Employees' Health Plans: Premium Growth and OPM's Role in Negotiating Benefits

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Federal employees' health insurance premiums have increased at double-digit rates for 3 consecutive years. GAO was asked to examine how the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program's (FEHBP) premium trends compared to those of other large purchasers of employer-sponsored health insurance, factors contributing to FEHBP's premium growth, and steps the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) takes to help contain p… more
Date: December 31, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare Payments Exceed Costs for Most but Not All Facilities

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "This report addresses (1) the relationship between Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments and the costs of treating Medicare patients in freestanding SNFs, as well as the effect of Medicare SNF payments on the financial condition of these facilities, and (2) the relationship between Medicare SNF payments and the costs of treating patients in hospital-based SNFs, as well as the factors that may accoun… more
Date: December 31, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Purchase Cards: Control Weaknesses Leave the Air Force Vulnerable to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "In July 2001 and March 2002, GAO testified on significant breakdowns in internal controls over purchase card transactions at two Navy sites that resulted in fraud, waste, and abuse. As a result, the Congress asked GAO to audit purchase card controls at DOD. This report focuses on Air Force purchase card controls and addresses whether the overall management control environment and key internal controls were eff… more
Date: December 20, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Acquisition Workforce: Status of Agency Efforts to Address Future Needs

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The federal government is dramatically changing the way it purchases goods and services--by relying more on judgment and initiative versus rigid rules to make purchasing decisions. At the same time, agencies are dealing with reductions in the civilian acquisition workforce. GAO was asked to determine what efforts federal civilian agencies are making to address their future acquisition workforce needs."
Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Internet Gambling: An Overview of the Issues

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Internet gambling is a fast-growing industry with estimated 2003 revenues of more than $4 billion. However, concerns have been raised about its social and economic impacts. In light of recent recommendations by a Congressionally appointed commission, which advocated restricting Internet gambling within the United States, GAO was asked to examine the U.S. payments system, particularly credit cards, as it relate… more
Date: December 2, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Labor Market Information: Trends and Issues in Funding of State Programs

Description: A briefing report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Labor market information is used to help make and assess social and monetary policies, tax and budget projections, and private investment decisions. Produced under cooperative agreements between states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), labor market information helps provide an up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy and generate closely watched economic indicators, such as unemployment rates and the G… more
Date: December 20, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Defense Management: New Management Reform Program Still Evolving

Description: A briefing report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Secretary of Defense announced a new business transformation program in 2001 with the intent of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Department of Defense business operations. Concerned that the previous administration's Defense Reform Initiatives (DRI) could not be successful without many years of sustained effort, the Senate Committee on Armed Services issued a September 2001 report directing … more
Date: December 12, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Natural Gas: Analysis of Changes in Market Price

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "During the winter of 2000-2001, the wholesale price of natural gas peaked at a level four times greater than its usual level. Responding to the congressional interest and concern caused by these high prices, GAO undertook a study to address the (1) factors that influence natural gas price volatility and the high prices of 2000-2001; (2) federal government's role in ensuring that natural gas prices are determin… more
Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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DOD Overseas Schools: Compensation Adequate for Recruiting and Retaining Well-Qualified Teachers

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) overseas schools educate more than 70,000 children of military service members and DOD civilian employees throughout the world. In order to ensure the continued success of this school system, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 directed GAO to assess whether the DOD overseas teachers' compensation package is adequate to recruit and retain qualified teache… more
Date: December 12, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal-Aid Highways: States Need Guidance on Sales or Leases of Real Property Purchased with Federal Funds

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), authorized the states to retain the federal share of proceeds from the sale or lease of real property that had been purchased with federal-aid funds. It also required the states to use the federal share on other highway projects eligible for funding under the federal-aid highway program. GAO determined (1) the extent to which states are sell… more
Date: December 13, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Managing for Results: Efforts to Strengthen the Link Between Resources and Results at the Administration for Children and Families

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Encouraging a clearer and closer link between budgeting, planning, and performance is essential to improving federal management and instilling a greater focus on results. Through work at various levels within the organization, this report on the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)--and its two companion studies on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (GAO-03-258) and the Veterans Health Administration … more
Date: December 10, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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U.S. Coins: Public Views on Changing Coin Design

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The designs on three of the most common U.S. coins, the penny, nickel, and dime, have remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. The 50 State Quarters Program, involving a set of recurring designs commemorating each state, has been credited with generating renewed interest in the quarter by collectors and the public. A recent redesign of the new dollar coin has also increased the public's interest in collec… more
Date: December 17, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Defense Acquisitions: Factors Affecting Outcomes of Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program was started by the Department of Defense (DOD) as a way to get new technologies that meet critical military needs into the hands of users faster and less cost. GAO was asked to examine DOD's process for structuring and executing ACTDs."
Date: December 2, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities and Potential Improvements for the Air Cargo System

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "U.S. air carriers transport billions of tons of cargo each year in both passenger planes and all-cargo planes. Typically, about one-half of the hull of each passenger aircraft is filled with cargo. As a result, any vulnerabilities in the air cargo security system potentially threaten the entire air transport system. GAO agreed to determine the security vulnerabilities that have been identified in the air cargo… more
Date: December 20, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Information Technology Services: Agencies Complying with Revision to Federal Acquisition Regulation

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Concerned that minimum personnel experience or education requirements in agency solicitations for information technology (IT) services were contributing to worker shortages, Congress included a provision in the fiscal year 2001 Defense authorization act requiring that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) be amended to limit the use of such requirements. Specifically, agencies are not to include such minim… more
Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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IRS Contracting: New Procedure Adds Price or Cost as a Selection Factor for Task Order Awards

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is in the midst of a massive effort to reorganize its structure and modernize its technology. To help with this effort, IRS obtains services through task orders under its Treasury Information Processing Support Services (TIPSS-2) contracting program. In this study, GAO reviewed the 6 largest competitive task orders that IRS awarded between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2001 t… more
Date: December 10, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Securities and Exchange Commission: Actions Needed to Improve Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Selection Process

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 created, among other things, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to oversee audits of public companies. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appointed the first PCAOB on October 25, 2002. Amid allegations that the SEC Chairman withheld relevant information from the other Commissioners concerning the suitability of the newly appointed PCAOB chairman… more
Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Student Aid: Progress in Integrating Pell Grant and Direct Loan Systems and Processes, but Critical Work Remains

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "To address system problems and other long-standing management weaknesses, in 1998, the Congress created a discrete unit within the Department of Education, the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). This office subsequently adopted a new approach to systems integration using middleware (a type of software that can allow an application to access data residing in different databases) and Extensible Markup Language… more
Date: December 31, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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School Finance: Per-Pupil Spending Differences between Selected Inner City and Suburban Schools Varied by Metropolitan Area

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has focused national attention on the importance of ensuring each child's access to equal educational opportunity. The law seeks to improve the performance of schools and the academic achievement of students, including those who are economically disadvantaged. The Congress, among others, has been concerned about the education of economically disadvantaged students. This stu… more
Date: December 9, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Veterans' Benefits: Claims Processing Timeliness Performance Measures Could Be Improved

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, asked GAO to assist the Committee in its oversight of the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) efforts to improve compensation and pension claims processing. As part of this effort, GAO assessed (1) whether VBA's key timeliness measure clearly reflects its performance and (2) whether it has adequate data to measure the timelin… more
Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Contract Management: Government Faces Challenges in Gathering Socioeconomic Data on Purchase Card Merchants

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Government purchase cards have streamlined the process of acquiring goods and services by allowing employees to purchase directly from merchants rather than going through the regular procurement process. The government spent $13.8 billion using purchase cards in fiscal year 2001. However, the government does not know how purchase card spending impacts small businesses and other socioeconomic categories, such a… more
Date: December 13, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Military Personnel: Joint Officer Development Has Improved, but a Strategic Approach Is Needed

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "DOD has increasingly engaged in multiservice and multinational operations. Congress enacted the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, in part, so that DOD's military leaders would be better prepared to plan, support, and conduct joint operations. GAO assessed DOD actions to implement provisions in the law that address the development of officers in joint matters and evaluated impe… more
Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Human Capital: Effective Use of Flexibilities Can Assist Agencies in Managing Their Workforces

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "An essential element to acquiring, developing, and retaining high-quality federal employees is agencies' effective use of human capital flexibilities. These flexibilities represent the policies and practices that an agency has the authority to implement in managing its workforce. Congressional requesters asked GAO to provide information on agency and union officials' views about the most effective human capita… more
Date: December 6, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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