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Superfund Progress Made by Epa and Other Federal Agencies to Resol...

By: Peter F. Guerrero

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report addresses whether EPA and other selected federal agencies are setting risk-based cleanup priorities under the Superfund law and whether EPA is recovering cleanup costs and managing its cleanup contractors as efficiently as possible. We are making recommendations to the Administrator of EPA designed to improve the agency?s information on and management of cleanups of high-risk sites, maximize EPA?s recovery of cleanup costs, and help prevent EPA from ...

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Homeland Security Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002

By: Gary L. Jones

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to discuss several aspects of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The proposed legislation would bring many federal entities with homeland security responsibilities into a Department of Homeland Security in an effort to mobilize and focus assets and resources. Title III of the proposed legislation would task the new department with developing national policy for and coordinating the federal government?s research and d...

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Student Loans Default Rates Need to Be Computed More Appropriately

By: Richard L. Hembra

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Two major federal student loan programs, the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP), provide funding that is vital to helping students meet their postsecondary education costs. FFELP, formerly known as the guaranteed student loan program, provides loans through private lenders such as banks. These loans are insured against default by state or nonprofit guaranty agencies, which are later reimbursed...

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Challenges Facing the Dd(X) Destroyer Program

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: To reduce program risk, the Navy plans to build and test 10 developmental ship intended to expand the Navy?s subsystems, or engineering development models, that comprise DD(X)?s littoral warfare capabilities- critical technologies. While using these models represents a structured and depends on the development of a disciplined approach, the program?s schedule does not provide for the number of new technologies to meet its requirements. The Navy engineering devel...

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Cams, Inc. --Costs

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO recommends that the protester be reimbursed its cost of filing and pursuing its protest but not the cost incurred pursuing its protest cost claim at agency and GAO. DECISION CAMS, Inc. requests that our Office recommend the amount it should be allowed to recover from the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) for filing and pursuing its protest in CAMS, Inc., B-292546, Oct. 14, 2003, 2003 CPD 191. In that decision, we sustained the protest because the agency ...

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Vertol Systems Company, Inc.

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Protest of procurement of foreign threat systems aircraft under the Economy Act is denied where the Army and Air Force reasonably determined that protester?s aircraft could not satisfy the agencies? requirements for demonstrated airworthiness.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Nonproliferation Programs Need Better ...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO found that there is no overall strategy that integrates the threat reduction and nonproliferation programs of the DOD, DOE, and others. DOD and DOE have strategies governing their respective programs, which generally contain the elements of a strategy as established by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. These strategies include a mission statement and goals, identify external factors that could affect meeting these goals, establish metrics t...

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The Department of Homeland Security Needs to Fully Adopt a Knowled...

By: Robert E. Levin

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In late 2002, terrorists fired surface-to-air missiles at an Israeli airliner departing from Mombasa, Kenya-the first time man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) had been used to attack commercial aircraft in a non-combat zone. Given concerns about the vulnerability of the commercial airline industry and the potential impact of an attack in the United States, you requested that we conduct an assessment of the federal government?s efforts to address the MANPA...

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

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: The fiscal year 2003 Defense Authorization Act1 requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop by May 1, 2003, a financial management enterprise architecture, including a transition plan, that meets certain requirements. The act also requires that we submit to congressional defense committees an assessment of the architecture and transition plan within 60 days of their approval. (See enclosure I for the requirements of this law.) As part of our ongoing work...

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Setting Requirements Differently Could Reduce Weapon Systems Total...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Even though DOD has implemented several initiatives to reduce total ownership costs, some systems, such as the Apache helicopter or the Abrams tank, have experienced costly maintenance problems and low readiness rates, which persisted even after the systems were fielded. We found several reasons for these problems. First, DOD based requirements for weapon systems in product development almost exclusively on technical performance, with little attention to operati...

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Views Vary about Reform Acts Strengths, Weaknesses, And Options fo...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The parties GAO contacted provided a significant number of comments about UMRA, specifically, and federal mandates, generally. Their views often varied across and within the five sectors we identified (academic/think tank, public interest advocacy, business, federal agencies, and state and local governments). Overall, the numerous strengths, weaknesses and options for improvement identified during the review fell into several broad themes, including UMRA-specifi...

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Border Security Reassessment of Consular Resource Requirements Cou...

By: Jess T. Ford

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: As a result of changes since September 11, 2001, aimed at strengthening visa policies and procedures, applicants have faced extensive wait times for visas at some posts. According to consular officials, posts that consistently have wait times of 30 days or longer for interview appointments may have a resource problem. During a recent 6-month period, 97 of State?s 211 visa-issuing posts reported maximum wait times of 30 or more days in at least one month; at 20 p...

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Protecting Information Systems Supporting the Federal Government a...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Since January 2001, efforts to improve federal information security have accelerated at individual agencies and at the governmentwide level. For example, implementation of Government Information Security Reform legislation (GISRA) enacted by the Congress in October 2000 was a significant step in improving federal agencies? information security programs and addressing their serious, pervasive information security weaknesses. In implementing GISRA, agencies have n...

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Capacity Building Section 4 Program Has Expanded and Evolved

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We found that Section 4 has evolved from a narrowly targeted initiative that focused on providing funding for capacity building in 23 urban areas to a broader program that funds groups and activities in urban, rural, and tribal areas nationwide. (grantees) use Section 4 funding to provide a variety of capacity-building support to their subrecipients. subrecipients are nonprofit organizations that undertake locally targeted initiatives in areas such as economic d...

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Clean Air Act Emerging Mercury Control Technologies Have Shown Pro...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Mercury controls have not been permanently installed at power plants because, prior to the March 2005 mercury rule, federal law had not required this industry to control mercury emissions; however, some technologies are available for purchase and have shown promising results in field tests. Overall, the most extensive tests have been conducted on technologies using sorbents-substances that bind to mercury when injected into a plant?s exhaust. Tests of sorbents l...

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Military Operations Fiscal Year 2003 Obligations Are Substantial, ...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: While funds obligated by DOD for GWOT, including the war with Iraq, in fiscal year 2003 are substantial-about $39 billion through June 2003-the funds appropriated by Congress appear to be sufficient for fiscal year 2003, and some of the services may not obligate all of the funds they were appropriated for fiscal year 2003. For example, at the end of June 2003, with 75 percent of the fiscal year completed, the services? percentage of GWOT operation and maintenanc...

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Inadequate Oversight Raises Concerns about Rebates Paid to States

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Current rebate program oversight does not ensure that manufacturer-reported prices or price determination methods are consistent with program criteria specified in the rebate statute, rebate agreement, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program memoranda. In administering the program, CMS conducts only limited checks for reporting errors in manufacturer-reported drug prices. In addition, CMS only reviews the price determination methods when manuf...

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Summary of Recommendations the 9/11 Commission Report September 9,...

By: David M. Walker

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Terrorist Sanctuaries -- Roots of Terrorism -- 4 Human Rights and Civil Liberties -- 8 Weapons of Mass Destruction -- 10 Terrorist Financing and Travel -- 11 Border and Transportation Security -- 13 Resources, Federal Assistance, and National Standards -- 19 Reorganizing the Intelligence Community -- 23 Intelligence Budgets -- 32 Information Sharing and Fusion -- 33 Human Capital -- 35 Threat and Risk Assessment -- 36 Congressional Oversight -- 37 Security Clear...

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Workplace Safety and Health Osha's Voluntary Compliance Strategies...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: OSHA has implemented four voluntary programs, using a mix of strategies, that have extended its reach to a growing number of employers. For example, one program recognizes more than 1,000 worksites with exemplary records and practices while another focuses on hazardous industries, encouraging more than 200 employers to eliminate serious hazards. The agency plans to significantly expand its voluntary compliance programs over...

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Military Aircraft Information on Air Force Aerial Refueling Tankers

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The Air Force fleet of KC-135 aircraft (which, at 543 aircraft, represents the bulk of U.S. refueling capability) is an average of about 42 years in age. The Air Force projects that the KC-135 aircraft have between 36,000 and 39,000 lifetime flying hours; according to the Air Force, only a few KC-135s are projected to reach these limits before 2040, although at that time some of the aircraft would be close to 80 years old. KC-135s are being flown an average of a...

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