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Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service : Migratory ...

By: Kathleen E. Wannisky

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Pursuant to Section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), entitled ?Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2004-05 Early Season? (RIN: 1018-AT53). We received the rule on September 1, 2004. It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on Septemb...

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Prescription Drugs State Monitoring Programs Provide Useful Tool t...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Results in Brief 3 Background 4 PDMPs Vary in Objectives, Design, and Operation 9 State Programs Have Helped Shorten Investigation Time and Reduced Illegal Drug Diversion 15 Challenges Exist in Establishing and Expanding State PDMPs 17 National Efforts Have Focused on Providing Guidance and Technical Assistance 20 Concluding Observations 21 Agency Comments 22 Appendix I Key Features of Selected State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs 23 Appendix II GAO Conta...

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Social Security the Presidents Proposal

By: David M. Walker

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: It is a pleasure to be here today to discuss the President?s most recent proposal for addressing Social Security and use of the unified budget surplus. This proposal concerns one of the most important issues facing the nation, both now and over the longer term. Social Security forms the foundation for our retirement income system and, in so doing, provides benefits that are critical to the well-being of millions of Americans. Current unified budget surpluses pro...

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Significant Challenges in Protecting Federal Systems and Developin...

By: Joel C. Willemssen

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: I am pleased to be here today to discuss efforts to protect federal agency information systems and our nation?s critical computer-dependent infrastructures. Federal agencies, and other public and private entities, rely extensively on computerized systems and electronic data to support their missions. Accordingly, the security of these systems and data is essential to avoiding disruptions in critical operations, data tampering, fraud, and inappropriate disclosure...

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Telecommunications Gsa Has Made Progress Planning for a New Govern...

By: Linda D. Koontz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Since GAO?s testimony in September, GSA has made progress in addressing the program?s challenges and our recommendations. GSA has articulated a strategy for addressing billing concerns and has plans to complete transition planning and guidance for agencies on the identification of service inventories by February 2006. It has also drafted performance measures for each of its program goals.

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Aviation Security Challenges Exist in Stabilizing and Enhancing Pa...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: TSA met its mandate to establish a federal screener workforce by November 2002, but continues to face challenges in hiring and deploying passenger and baggage screeners. Staffing shortages at some airports and TSA?s hiring process have hindered TSA?s ability to fully staff screening checkpoints without using additional measures, such as overtime. In addition, while TSA has taken steps to enhance its screener training programs, staffing shortages and lack of high...

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Iraq's Transitional Law

By: Joseph A. Christoff

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: On June 30, 2004, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) intends to transfer power in Iraq to a fully sovereign Iraqi interim government. CPA and the Iraq Governing Council took a fundamental step toward this goal in March 2004, when they signed the Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period (hereafter referred to as the transitional law). The transitional law is intended to govern the affairs of Iraq until Iraqis approve a perman...

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Some Pose Safety Risks for Consumers and Are Unreliable in Their B...

By: Marcia Crosse

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO obtained most of the prescription drugs it sought from a variety of Internet pharmacy Web sites without providing a prescription. GAO obtained 68 samples of 11 different drugs-each from a different pharmacy Web site in the United States, Canada, or other foreign countries, including Argentina, Costa Rica, Fiji, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. Five U.S. and all 18 Canadian pharmacy sites from which GAO received samples requi...

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission : Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Rec...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Pursuant to Section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), entitled ?Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for FY 2004? (RIN: 3150-AH37). We received the rule on April 27, 2004. It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on April 26, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 22664.

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Testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security,...

By: Nancy R. Kingsbury

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Significant numbers of foreign visitors overstay their authorized periods of admission. The Department of Homeland Security estimates the resident overstay population at 2.3 million as of January 2000. Because the starting point for this estimate is the 2000 census, it does not cover short-term overstays who have not established residence here. It also omits an unknown number of potential long-term overstays from Mexico and Canada. Because of unresolved weakness...

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Continuity of Operations Agency Plans Have Improved, But Better Ov...

By: Linda D. Koontz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Many of the 23 agencies that GAO reviewed reported using sound practices for identifying and validating essential functions (see table), but few provided documentation sufficient for GAO to confirm their responses. This indicates that agencies-although aware of the practices-may not have followed them thoroughly or effectively. Further, the essential functions identified by agencies varied widely: the number of functions identified in each plan ranged from 3 to ...

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Homeland Security Communication Protocols and Risk Communication P...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: DHS assigns threat levels for the entire nation and assesses threat conditions for geographic regions and industrial sectors based on analyses of threat information and vulnerability of potential terrorist targets. DHS has not yet officially documented its protocols for communicating threat level changes and related threat information to federal agencies and states. Such protocols could assist DHS to better manage these entities? expectations about the methods, ...

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Chemical Weapons Better Strategic and Risk Management Tools Needed...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Chem-Demil Program faces schedule delays and higher costs, but it has improved emergency preparedness in communities near the sites. In 2001, the Chem-Demil Program extended its schedule milestones and increased its cost estimates from $15 billion to about $24 billion. Since then nearly all sites have experienced delays, stemming from problems such as: plant safety issues, environmental requirements, approving emergency preparedness plans, and funding shortf...

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Social Security Administration Better Planning Could Make the Tick...

By: Robert E. Robertson

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the two largest federal disability benefit programs and made approximately $75 billion in payments to about 8 million beneficiaries (ages 18 through 64) in 2003. Given the size of its programs, even small improvements in SSA?s ability to return beneficiaries to work offer the potential for significant savings. Until recently, Social Security beneficiaries who needed help returning to work generally had to seek ser...

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Lead Poisoning Federal Health Care Programs Are Not Effectively Re...

By: Bernice Steinhardt

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we review federal activities for ensuring that at-risk children receive screening and treatment for lead poisoning. In particular, this report addresses the risk of lead poisoning faced by children served by federal health care programs, the extent to which children served by these programs have been screened for this condition, reasons why screenings may not be occurring, and problems faced by federal health care progra...

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United States General Accounting Office Washington, D.C. 20548

By: The Chuck Grassley

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Pursuant to Section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary, entitled ?Health Insurance Reform: Security Standards? (RIN: 0938-AI57). We received the rule on February 13, 2003. It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on February 20, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 8334. The final rule adopts standards for the security of electroni...

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Social Security Financing Implications of Government Stock Investi...

By: Paul L. Posner

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we study the implications of having the Social Security trust fund invest in the stock market. As requested, we assessed the impact of government stock investing on (1) the Social Security trust fund, (2) the U.S. economy, and (3) the federal budget. As agreed with your office, unless you publicly announce the contents of this report earlier, we plan no further distribution until 30 days from the date of this letter. At ...

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Social Security Programs Role in Helping Ensure Income Adequacy

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Results in Brief 3 Background 6 Social Security Has Focused on Reducing Dependency From its Inception 7 No Single Measure Gives Complete Picture of Income Adequacy 11 Adequacy of Beneficiaries? Total Income Has Generally Increased Over Time 14 Income Adequacy in the Future Will Depend on Extent and Nature of Program Changes 24 Concluding Observations 36 Agency Comments 39 Appendix I Descriptions of Adequacy Measurement Methods 40 Current Poverty Thresholds 46 Ex...

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Recovering Iraqs Assets Preliminary Observations on U.S. Efforts a...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: GAO estimates that from 1997 through 2002, the former Iraqi regime acquired $10. billion in illegal revenues related to the Oil for Food program-$5.7 billion in oil smuggled out of Iraq and $4.4 billion in illicit surcharges on oil sales and after-sales charges on suppliers. This estimate is higher than our May 2002 estimate of $6.6 billion because it includes 2002 data from oil revenues and contracts under the Oil for Food Program and newer estimates of illicit...

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More Information Needed to Determine If Va Can Meet an Increase in...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: DOD uses two approaches to identify servicemembers at risk for PTSD: the combat stress control program and the post-deployment health assessment questionnaire. The combat stress control program trains servicemembers to recognize the early onset of combat stress, which can lead to PTSD. Symptoms of combat stress and PTSD include insomnia, nightmares, and difficulties coping with relationships. To assist servicemembers in the combat theater, teams of DOD mental he...

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