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Mindleaf Technologies, Inc.

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Agency reasonably determined that awardee?s proposal price was not unrealistically low where awardee?s price was in line with the prices of two other competitive proposals.

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Natural Resources Use and Environmental Protection

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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Overseas Security State Department Has Not Fully Implemented Key M...

By: Jess T. Ford

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: State has a number of programs and activities designed to protect U.S. officials and their families outside the embassy, including security briefings, protection at schools and residences, and surveillance detection. However, State has not developed a comprehensive strategy that clearly identifies safety and security requirements and resources needed to protect U.S. officials and their families abroad from terrorist threats outside the embassy. State officials r...

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Social Security Reform : Evaluation of the Gramm Proposal

By: David M. Walker

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This letter responds to your request that we extend our previous analysis of the potential budgetary and economic effects of various Social Security reform proposals? to include the proposal put forth by Senator Phil Gramm. This let.ter follows the methodology and format of that report. Although Senator Gramm has advised us that he is in the process of revising his proposal, the specifics of his new proposal are not yet available. Thus, our analysis is based on ...

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Financial Audit Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds 2003 a...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In GAO?s opinion, FDIC fairly presented the 2003 and 2002 financial statements for the three funds it administers-the Bank Insurance Fund, the Savings Association Insurance Fund, and the FSLIC Resolution Fund. GAO also found that, although certain controls should be improved, FDIC had effective control over financial reporting and compliance. GAO did not find reportable instances of noncompliance with the laws and regulations it tested.

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Tessada and Associates, Inc.

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Protest of proposal evaluation and source selection is denied where record shows evaluation and award decision were reasonable and consistent with solicitation?s evaluation terms and applicable procurement rules.

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Chemical and Biological Defense Dod Needs to Clarify Expectations ...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Results in Brief 2 Background 4 Scope and Methodology 8 DOD and the Services Have Not Systematically Reviewed the Adequacy of the Medical Specialist Mix for the Treatment of CB Casualties 9 Levels of Training, Testing, and Exercising for Medical Management of CB Casualties Remain Low 19 Conclusions and Recommendations 36 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 38 Appendix I Specific Signs, Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Treatment for Some Common Chemical and Biological Age...

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Critical Infrastructure Protection Significant Challenges in Devel...

By: Robert F. Dacey

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: I am pleased to be here today to discuss our review of the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). As you know, the NIPC is an important element of our government?s strategy to protect our national infrastructures from hostile attacks, especially computer-based attacks. This strategy was outlined in Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63, which was issued in May 1998.

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Potential Strategies Would Redefine Federal Role in Developing Air...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: State and local government agencies have primary responsibility for developing intermodal capabilities at U.S. airports. Generally airports and local transit agencies are heavily involved, especially if these projects are part of a local transit system. The federal government has not established specific goals or funding programs to develop intermodal capabilities at airports. However, it provides funding for projects fitting the criteria of other programs. The ...

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Computers Universal, Inc.

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: 1. Protest that awardee has a prohibited ?impaired objectivity? organizational conflict of interest because under the awarded contract it will be required to perform quality assurance of its own work under an existing contract is denied; since any such quality assurance will not entail a subjective evaluation of its performance under the existing contract, there is no basis for finding that awardee?s objectivity will be impaired. -- 2. There is no basis for find...

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Homeland Security Performance of Foreign Student and Exchange Visi...

By: Randolph C. Hite

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Indications are that SEVIS performance has improved and continues to improve. In June 2004, GAO reported improvement based on several indicators, including reports showing that certain key system performance requirements were being met, trends showing a decline in new requests for system corrections, and the views of officials representing 10 educational organizations. DHS attributed this performance improvement to a number of actions, such as installation of a ...

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Information Technology Fbi Needs an Enterprise Architecture to Gui...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: About 2 years into its ongoing systems modernization efforts, the FBI does not yet have an enterprise architecture. An enterprise architecture is an organizational blueprint that defines-in logical or business terms and in technology terms-how an organization operates today, intends to operate in the future, and intends to invest in technology to transition to this future state. GAO?s research has shown that attempting to modernize an IT environment without a we...

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Operation Iraqi Freedom Long-Standing Problems Hampering Mail Deli...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: DOD has not officially tasked any entity to resolve the long-standing postal problems experienced during contingency operations. Moreover, the Military Postal Service Agency does not have the authority to ensure that these problems are addressed jointly. This agency and the military services, however, have taken some steps toward tackling these issues. Mail is a morale booster for troops fighting overseas and for their families at home. More than 65 million poun...

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

By: John Mccain

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 major rule promulgated by the Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), entitled ?Hours of Service of Drivers; Driver Rest and Sleep for Safe Operations? (RIN: 2126-AA23). We received the rule on April 28, 2003. It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on April 28, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 22456. The final rule revises FMCSA?s...

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Aviation Fees Review of Air Carriers Year 2000 Passenger and Prope...

By: Mccoy Williams

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We estimate at a 95 percent confidence level that the amount of passenger and property screening costs incurred by air carriers in 2000 for the 3 major cost components were between $425 million and $471 million, with a midpoint estimate of $448 million. The difference between our midpoint estimate and what the air carriers reported on the Appendix A and subsequently paid to TSA is $129 million, as shown in the table.

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Natural Resources and Environment

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The United States is rich in natural resources and beauty and, at the same time, home to a modern economy and high standard of living. These features underlie a way of life that is the envy of much of the world. However, they also pose a challenge to the American people and their elected officials-namely, how to balance the need to protect these resources for future generations with the need to use them for current economic growth? Every year, Congress faces thi...

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Information Technology Major Federal Networks That Support Homelan...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Nine agencies identified 34 major networks that support homeland security functions-32 that are operational and 2 that are being developed (see table). Of these 34, 21 are single-agency networks designed for internal agency communications. Six of the 34 are used to share information with state and local governments; 4 share information with the private sector.

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Long-Term Vulnerabilities Warrant High Risk Designation

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO has designated PBGC?s single-employer pension insurance program as ?high risk,? adding it to the list of agencies or major programs that need urgent attention and transformation to ensure that our national government functions in the most economical, efficient and effective manner possible. The single-employer insurance program insures the pension benefits of over 34 million participants in more than 30,000 private defined benefit plans. Agencies or programs...

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Distribution of Benefits and Taxes Relative to Earnings Level

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Two distinct perspectives on Social Security?s goals suggest different approaches to measuring ?progressivity,? or the distribution of benefits and taxes with respect to earnings level. Both perspectives provide valuable insights. An adequacy perspective focuses on benefit levels and how well they maintain pre-entitlement living standards. An equity perspective focuses on rates of return and other measures relating lifetime benefits to contributions. Both perspe...

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World Trade Organization Analysis of Chinas Commitments to Other M...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: China?s WTO accession commitments are comprehensive and set forth the ways in which China will conform to the WTO?s trade liberalizing rules. The commitments span eight broad areas and require both general pledges and specific actions from China, ranging from adherence to nondiscriminatory principles to reforming designated laws and trade practices (see figure below). GAO identified nearly 700 individual commitments on how China is expected to reform its trade r...

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