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Reserve Forces Observations on Recent National Guard Use in Overse...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: With the high pace of operations since September 11, more than 51 percent of Army Guard members and 31 percent of Air Guard members have been activated to meet new homeland and overseas demands. The Army Guard has experienced significant difficulties in responding to these extensive and ongoing requirements because much of it was funded and equipped as a later-deploying reserve force rather than an operational force designed for continued overseas deployments. M...

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Guidance Needed to Promote Competition for Defense Task Orders

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Competition requirements were waived for nearly half (34 of 74) of the multiple-award contract and federal supply schedule orders GAO reviewed. Often, contracting officers waived competition based on requests from the program offices to retain the services of contractors currently performing the work. In addressing these requests, safeguards to ensure that waivers were granted only under appropriate circumstances were lacking. Specifically, guidance for granting...

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

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We have performed the procedures contained in the enclosure to this report, which we agreed to perform and with which you concurred, solely to assist your office in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2003, is supported by the underlying records. As agreed with your office, we evaluated fiscal year 2003 activity affecting distributions to the HTF. In performing the ag...

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Mental Health Services Effectiveness of Insurance Coverage and Fed...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: One-time traumatic events like natural disasters, terrorist incidents, and school shootings as well as ongoing exposure to trauma such as family and community violence can have serious psychological, emotional, and developmental repercussions for children. In the short term, children?s lives can be radically disrupted, and longer-term effects can include difficulties in school, work, and personal relationships. If children who have experienced trauma do not rece...

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Use of National Guard Response Teams Is Unclear

By: Mark E. Gebicke

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We are pleased to be here to discuss our report. which this Subcommittee is releasing today, on the National Guard Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) teams. The Department of Defense (DOD) is creating the teams to assist local and state authorities in assessing situations surrounding weapons of mass destruction emergencies (WMD) advise these authorities regarding appropriate actions, and facilitate requests for assistance to expedite the arrival of ad...

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Remsa, Inc.--Costs

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO will not recommend reimbursement of the costs of protest against alleged improper modification of contracts where the protest was rendered academic by the expiration of the contracts as a result of administrative lapse (rather than agency corrective action).

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Challenges Exist in Implementing U. S. Efforts and Measuring Results

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development obligated at least $40 million in fiscal year 2004 for the development of independent media, including activities such as journalism and business management training and support for legal and regulatory frameworks. About 60 percent of the fiscal year 2004 USAID and State obligations we identified supported independent media development projects in Europe and Eurasia. However, precise fundi...

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Purchase Cards Navy Is Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse but Is Taking...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Department of Defense (DOD) is promoting departmentwide use of purchase cards for obtaining goods and services. It reported that for the year ended September 30, 2001, purchase cards were used by about 230,000 cardholders to make about 10.7 million transactions valued at over $6.1 billion. Purchase card transactions include acquisitions at or below the $2,500 micropurchase threshold, payment for commercial training requests valued at or below $25,000, and fo...

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Transportation Security Administration High-Level Attention Needed...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Since its inception, TSA has been focused on meeting an urgent mandate to deploy more than 55,000 airport passenger and baggage screening personnel and equipment to secure the nation?s airways. To do so, it created basic organizational and acquisition infrastructures. However, our review of TSA?s acquisition function and inspector general reports identified a number of challenges in each of the four areas we assessed. -- Organizational alignment and leadership: ...

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Airport Finance Past Funding Levels May Not Be Sufficient to Cover...

By: Gerald L. Dillingham

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We are pleased to be here today to discuss airport financing issues, which are particularly important as you prepare to reauthorize the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21 Century (AIR-21). Much has changed since the Congress enacted AIR-21 3 years ago. At that time, the focus was on reducing congestion and flight delays. Today, flights are being canceled for lack of business, two major air carriers are in bankruptcy, and attention has ...

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Defense Software : Review of Defense Report on Software Developmen...

By: Jack L. Brock, Jr.

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: On March 20, 2000, the Department of Defense provided your Committee with a report on its efforts to adopt management best practices for software development and acquisition. Defense was directed to provide this report by language in the Committee?s report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000, Senate Report 106- 50. The requirement was established because the Committee was concerned that DOD had not taken sufficient actions to...

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Global War on Terrorism Dod Should Consider All Funds Requested fo...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In fiscal years 2004 and 2005, DOD received funding for GWOT through both funds included in its annual appropriation and supplemental appropriations. In fiscal years 2004 and 2005, the military services received about $52.4 billion and $62. billion, respectively, in supplemental appropriations for GWOT (1) military personnel and (2) operation and maintenance expenses. The Army, Air Force, and Navy also received in their annual appropriations a combined $7.9 bill...

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Army National Guard Personnel Mobilized to Active Duty Experienced...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The existing processes and controls used to provide pay and allowances to mobilized Army Guard personnel are so cumbersome and complex that neither DOD nor, more importantly, the mobilized Army Guard soldiers could be reasonably assured of timely and accurate payroll payments. Weaknesses in these processes and controls resulted in over- and underpayments and late active duty payments and, in some cases, largely erroneous debt assessments to mobilized Army Guard ...

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Staffing Model for Airport Inspections Personnel Can Be Improved

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The amount of time passengers from international locations have to wait before completing CBP inspections to enter the United States varies within and across airports. On average, CBP processed passengers within 45 minutes during the 2-month period for which data were available, although some flights had significantly longer wait times. Based on our observations and analysis as well as our discussions with airport and CBP officials, we determined that the primar...

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

By: Angela B. Styles

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In January 2003, we issued two reports that provide insight regarding the share-in-savings (SIS) provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002:1 one on critical elements of training for new acquisition initiatives2 and one on commercial practices that foster successful SIS contracting. As follow-up to these reports, we are writing to underscore the need for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to ensure (1) that members of the federal acquisition workfor...

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Implications of Demographic Trends for Social Security and Pension...

By: Jane L. Ross

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Our nation?s elderly population is growing dramatically. In 1940, when Social Security first paid benefits, it was 7 percent of the U.S. population; today it is 13 percent. By 2030, the elderly population will be 20 percent of the population. This demographic trend has profound implications not just for Social Security but for all sources of retirement income, which also include pensions, savings, and earnings. While currently most of our nation?s senior citizen...

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Fiscal Position of the Government

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In fulfilling its mission, GAO examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and activities; and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions. In this context, GAO works to continuously improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government through the conduct of financial audits, program reviews and evaluations, analyses, legal ...

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Military Personnel Information on Selected National Guard Manageme...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard have effective systems in place for identifying and removing nonparticipating members when appropriate. By placing greater attention on the accuracy of end-strength reports the Army National Guard has reduced the number of nonparticipating soldiers (so-called ?ghost soldiers?) on its rolls to less than 1 percent of end strength. The Air National Guard has not placed the same degree of command emphasis on the iss...

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Passports and Visas Status of Efforts to Reduce Fraud

By: Jess T. Ford

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In light of the growing problem of illegal immigration, the Department of State developed a comprehensive strategy to make its visa and passport operations more efficient and less vulnerable to fraud. This report assesses (1) the status of the key initiatives the Department of State planned to implement this strategy and (2) compliance with internal management controls by consular staff at selected posts overseas. We conducted our review to comply with our basic...

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Eleit Technology, Inc.

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Where agency reasonably determined that its needs required the award of a single contract for a range of planning and management services rather than separate contracts for the various services, cancellation of request for proposals for a single category of services was justified.

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