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Department of Commerce: Compliance with the Inflation Adjustment Act

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO initiated a governmentwide review of the implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990. The act requires each federal agency to issue a regulation adjusting its covered maximum civil monetary penalties for inflation by October 23, 1996, and requires each agency to make necessary adjustments at least once every 4 years thereafter. During the review, GAO determined that the De… more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Aviation Finance: Distribution of Airport Grant Funds Complied with Statutory Requirements

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administers the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides billions of dollars in federal grants to airports for planning and development projects. The total funds awarded by FAA was consistent with the total amount of AIP funds available for obligation for fiscal years 1996 through 2000. FAA also made available or awarded AIP grant funds in accordance with the … more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Internal Revenue Service: Status of Recommendations From Financial Audits and Related Financial Management Reports

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "This report provides a status of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to implement recommendations GAO made on its audits of IRS's financial statements. In updating the status of these recommendations, GAO included the results of its audit of IRS's financial statements for fiscal year 2001 and 2000."
Date: July 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Options to Enhance the Long-term Viability of the Essential Air Service Program

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Over two decades ago, Congress deregulated the airline industry, phasing out the federal government's control over domestic fares and routes served and allowing market forces to determine the price, quantity, and quality of service. Concerned that air service to some small communities would suffer in a deregulated environment, Congress established the Essential Air Service (EAS) program as part of the Airline D… more
Date: August 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Surface and Maritime Transportation: Developing Strategies for Enhancing Mobility: A National Challenge

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The U.S. surface and maritime transportation systems include roads, mass transit systems, railroads, and ports and waterways. One of the major goals of these systems is to provide and enhance mobility, that is, the free flow of passengers and goods. Mobility provides people with access to goods, services, recreation, and jobs; provides businesses with access to materials, markets and people; and promotes the m… more
Date: August 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Meat and Poultry: Better USDA Oversight and Enforcement of Safety Rules Needed to Reduce Risk of Foodborne Illnesses

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Every year, some meat and poultry products are contaminated with microbial pathogens--such as Salmonella and E. coli--that cause foodborne illnesses and deaths. To improve the safety of meat and poultry products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduced additional regulatory requirements for meat and poultry plants. These requirements are intended to ensu… more
Date: August 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Financial Management: Department of Defense Regulations Establishing Methods to Calculate Amounts To Be Transferred from Department of Defense Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund

Description: Correspondence issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO reviewed regulations issued by the Department of Defense (DOD) to cover transfers from a new fund created by Congress to finance the cost of expanded health care programs' benefits for Medicare-eligible uniformed services retirees and their eligible dependents. These health care programs include pharmacy benefits and coverage of the deductible portion of Medicare benefits. The Floyd D. Spence National Defen… more
Date: August 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Group Purchasing Organizations: Pilot Study Suggests Large Buying Groups Do Not Always Offer Hospitals Lower Prices

Description: A statement of record issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "This testimony discusses group purchasing organizations (GPO) for medical devices and supplies used in hospitals. By pooling the purchases of their member hospitals, these specialized firms negotiate lower prices from vendors. GAO found that a hospital's use of a GPO contract did not guarantee that the hospital saved money: GPOs' prices were not always lower and were often higher than prices paid by hosp… more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Program Evaluation: Strategies for Assessing How Information Dissemination Contributes to Agency Goals

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Federal agencies are increasingly expected to focus on achieving results and to demonstrate, in annual performance reports and budget requests, how their activities will help achieve agency or governmentwide goals. Assessing a program's impact or benefit is often difficult, but the dissemination programs GAO reviewed faced a number of evaluation challenges--either individually or in common. The breadth and fle… more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Air Pollution: Meeting Future Electricity Demand Will Increase Emission of Some Harmful Substances

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Electric power plants burn fuels that can produce harmful emissions, such as carbon dioxide, mercury, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide, which can pose human health and environmental risks. To assess the potential risks of meeting future electricity demand, congressional committees asked GAO to (1) report on the Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) national and regional projections of such emissions b… more
Date: October 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Environmental Protection: The Federal Government Could Help Communities Better Plan for Transportation That Protects Air Quality

Description: A statement of record issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Despite regulations limiting emissions and improved vehicle and fuel technologies, the air in many cities and towns still does not meet air quality standards. Vehicle emissions contain substances, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds, that degrade air quality and threaten public health and the environment. Vehicles emissions account for about one third to one-half of… more
Date: July 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Defense Plans: Plan to Better Use Air Force Squadrons Could Yield Benefits but Faces Significant Challenges

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Air Force expeditionary aerospace force concept seeks to spread deployments more evenly across its forces and increase the predictability of deployments. By dual-tasking some fighter squadrons the Air Force could fulfill two requirements as the 2010 Concept envisions. Although significant challenges could impede the ability to maximize these benefits, the Air Force has not specifically analyzed what is ne… more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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FAA Alaska: Weak Controls Resulted in Improper and Wasteful Purchases

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "GAO reviewed purchasing controls and activities within the Airway Facilities Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Alaska. This unit, referred to as AFA, is responsible for maintaining airway navigation and communication equipment throughout the state. AFA implemented a pilot program in March 1997 called the Corporate Maintenance Philosophy (CMP) that reduced periodic maintenance and certifi… more
Date: May 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Oregon Inlet Jetty Project: Environmental and Economic Concerns Need to Be Resolved

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Oregon Inlet is the primary route to the ocean for hundreds of commercial and recreational fishing vessels operating in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. However, the inlet experiences more high winds, strong tides, and shifting sand than any other inlet on the coast of the United States. This high-energy environment often creates sand bars and large breaking waves at the inlet's entrance to the ocean,… more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation

Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system allocated $17.8 billion of its $20.3 billion health care budget to 22 regional health care networks in fiscal year 2001. Before Vera resources were allocated to facilities on the basis of their historical expenditures. By aligning resources with workloads VERA shifted about$921 million among VA's networks in fiscal year 2001. VERA's design is reasonable for eq… more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Telecommunications: Better Coordination and Enhanced Accountability Needed to Improve Spectrum Management

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The radiofrequency spectrum is the medium that enables wireless communications of all kinds, such as mobile phone and paging services, radio and television broadcasting, radar, and satellite-based services. As new spectrum-dependent technologies are developed and deployed, the demand for this limited resource has escalated among both government and private sector users. Meeting these needs domestically is the … more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Hazard Mitigation: Proposed Changes to FEMA's Multihazard Mitigation Programs Present Challenges

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Over the past 12 years, federal disaster assistance costs have totaled more than $39 billion (in fiscal year 2001 dollars)--a nearly fivefold increase over the previous 12-year period--as a result of a series of unusually large and frequent disasters and an increasing federal role in assisting communities and individuals affected by disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the lead agency for… more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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NASA: Better Mechanisms Needed for Sharing Lessons Learned

Description: A chapter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses several mechanisms to capture and disseminate lessons learned. NASA has established an agency-wide Lessons Learned Information System that managers are required to review on an ongoing basis. NASA uses training, program reviews, and periodic revisions to agency policies and guidelines to communicate lessons learned. Several NASA centers and key pro… more
Date: January 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Army Logistics: Report on Manpower and Workload System Inadequate and System Interface Untested

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "At the direction of the House Committee on National Security, the Army began developing the Army Workload and Performance System (AWPS) in 1996. This automated system was intended to address a number of specific weaknesses highlighted in several GAO and Army studies since 1994 regarding the Army's inability to support its civilian personnel requirements by using an analytically based workload forecasting syste… more
Date: October 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Mass Transit: FTA's New Starts Commitments for Fiscal Year 2003

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Since the early 1970's, the federal government has provided a large share of the nation's capital investment in urban mass transportation. Much of this funding has come through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program, which helps pay for rail, bus, and trolley projects. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century authorized about $6 billion in "guaranteed" funding for the New Start… more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Information Management: Selected Agencies' Handling of Personal Information

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "To obtain government services, members of the public must often provide agencies with personal information, which includes both identifying information (such as name or Social Security number, which can be used to locate to identify someone) and nonidentifying information (such as age or gender). GAO was asked to review agencies' handling of the personal information they collect and whether this handling confo… more
Date: September 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Waste Cleanup: Status and Implications of DOE's Compliance Agreements

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Energy (DOE) spends between $6 billion and $7 billion annually to store, clean up, and monitor nuclear and hazardous waste at its sites. Various federal and state agencies with jurisdiction over environmental and health issues related to the cleanup are therefore involved in regulating and overseeing DOE's activities. Much of the cleanup activity has been implemented under compliance agreemen… more
Date: May 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Military Training: Limitations Exist Overseas but Are Not Reflected in Readiness Reporting

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Rigorous, realistic training is key to military readiness. All U.S. military forces conduct frequent training exercises to hone and maintain their war-fighting skills. Combat units stationed outside the continental United States are able to meet many of their training requirements but face constraints in such areas as (1) maneuver operations, (2) live ordnance practice, and (3) night and low altitude flying. … more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Federal Student Aid: Additional Management Improvements Would Clarify Strategic Direction and Enhance Accountability

Description: A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) administers more than $53 billion in financial aid for more than 8.1 million students. Since 1990, GAO has included student financial aid on its high-risk list. To address these and other long-standing management weaknesses, Congress established FSA as a performance-based organization (PBO) within Education in 1998. To develop and implement a st… more
Date: April 30, 2002
Creator: United States. General Accounting Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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