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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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Army Needs to Address Resource and Mission Requirements Affecting ...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Since fiscal year 1995, while TRADOC?s workload has grown as a result of new mission requirements, the number of personnel authorized to meet those requirements has declined. Also since fiscal year 1995, the Command?s operation and maintenance funding increased, but TRADOC allocated these and other operations money to support its highest mission priority- training-while other areas received less emphasis. The table below depicts the number of personnel TRADOC be...

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Homeland Security Summary of Challenges Faced in Targeting Oceango...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: CBP has taken steps to address the terrorism risks posed by oceangoing cargo containers, but its strategy neither incorporates all key elements of a risk management framework nor is it entirely consistent with recognized modeling practices. Actions CBP has taken included refining the Automated Targeting System to target cargo containers that are a high risk for terrorism, or other smuggling, for physical inspection. CBP has also implemented national targeting tr...

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Testimony before the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Sec...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: I am pleased to be here today to discuss the longstanding challenge of balancing our nation?s security and commercial needs, an issue that is especially important in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that changed the nation?s security environment. Addressing this challenge now falls principally to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Border and Transportation Security directorate. Within this directorate, the responsibility ...

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Agencies Rights to Federally Sponsored Biomedical Inventions

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Federal agencies and their authorized funding recipients are eligible to use the government?s licenses to federally funded inventions for the benefit of the government. Government researchers can use the technology without paying a royalty, and federal agencies can authorize their funding recipients to use the government?s licenses for specific contracts, grant awards, or cooperative agreements meeting a federal government need. The government is not entitled to...

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International Trade Treasury Assessments Have Not Found Currency M...

By: Olympia J. Snowe

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Treasury has not found currency manipulation under the terms of the 1988 Trade Act since it last cited China in 1994. Treasury officials make a positive finding of currency manipulation only when all the conditions in the Trade Act are satisfied-when an economy has a material global current account surplus and a significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States, and is manipulating its currency with the intent to gain an unfair trade advantage. Treasury...

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Architect of the Capitolpayment of Fringe Benefits to Temporary Em...

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Participation by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) in a multiemployer defined benefit plan would constitute a violation of the Antideficiency Act because of the possibility of indeterminate withdrawal liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Language instructing AOC to take all steps which may be required to pay fringe benefits to its temporary employees ?notwithstanding any other provision of law? does not suffice to waive the Antideficienc...

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National Airspace System Experts Views on Improving the U.S. Air T...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Overall, the participants identified cultural, technical, and budgetary factors that, in their view, have affected the progress of ATC modernization. To address these factors, they proposed what one participant termed a ?two-pronged? approach-simultaneously taking care of ?the here and now? and building a ?viable future? for the ATO...

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Comments on H. R. 525 to Create a President's Council on Domestic ...

By: Raymond J. Decker

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We are pleased to be here to discuss a bill introduced by Representative Gilchrest of the full committee-the Preparedness Against Domestic Terrorism Act of 2001 (H.R. 525). The bill would create a new President?s Council on Domestic Terrorism Preparedness to coordinate and increase the effectiveness of federal efforts to assist state and local emergency response personnel in preparation for domestic terrorist attacks.

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Smithsonian Institution Facilities Management Reorganization Is Pr...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: To date, facilities-related problems at the Smithsonian have resulted in a few building closures and access restrictions and some cases of damage to the collections. For example, structural deterioration has caused closure of the 1881 Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall pending major repair and revitalization, as well as some facilities at the National Zoo. Concern over asbestos in a number of storage buildings has led to restricted access to the i...

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Electronic Government Progress and Challenges in Implementing the ...

By: Linda D. Koontz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: OPM?s five e-government initiatives (summarized in the table) are an ambitious attempt to transform the way human capital functions and services are carried out in the federal government. OPM faces several challenges that, if not fully met, could prevent it from meeting its objectives and realizing projected improvements and dollar savings.

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Environmental Protection Information on the Purchase, Use, And Dis...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO estimated in its May 2001 report that 89 percent of the 693 07 tanks subject to UST rules had the leak prevention and detection equipment installed, but that more than 200,000 tanks were not being operated and maintained properly, increasing the chance of leaks. States responding to our survey also reported that because of such problems, even tanks with the new equipment continued to leak. EPA and the states attributed these problems primarily to poorly trai...

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Contract Management Civilian Agency Compliance with Revised Task a...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation conform to statutory requirements. The revisions provide additional, though generally limited, guidance on how agencies should implement the fair opportunity process, describe the supplies and services needed, and meet capital planning requirements. Agency officials did not view the regulatory changes as significant, and made minimal changes in their internal policies and procedures.

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Information Security Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federa...

By: Thomas M. Davis

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Spam, phishing, and spyware pose security risks to federal information systems. Spam consumes significant resources and is used as a delivery mechanism for other types of cyberattacks; phishing can lead to identity theft, loss of sensitive information, and reduced trust and use of electronic government services; and spyware can capture and release sensitive data, make unauthorized changes, and decrease system performance. The blending of these threats creates ad...

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A Message from the Comptroller General

By: Charles A. Bowsher

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In 1991, U.S. policymakersfa cede straordinar) challenges. War in the Persian Gulf, upheaval in the Soviet Union, uncertainty in the finxxial scrvicrsi ndustry, runway increasesin the cost of health care, unabated growh in thr federal budget d&it-these end other evrnts and conditions madei t more urgent than everf ix policymakersto respond cffcctiwly to the issues...

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Information Technology Training Practices of Leading Private-Secto...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: GAO identified 22 existing and emerging training practices used by leading companies to implement effective IT training. We organized these practices and accompanying case studies under five training management processes that we defined based on input from industry experts, published research, and previous GAO work (see table below). Although none of the companies was performing all the practices, the majority performed 10 or more.

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Highway Infrastructure Perceptions of Stakeholders on Approaches t...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Respondents from 33 organizations identified 13 approaches as most promising for reducing the time it takes to plan, design, gain approval for, and build a federally funded highway project. These approaches fell into three areas...

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Tactical Aircraft Status of the F/A-22 and Joint Strike Fighter Pr...

By: General Accounting Office

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The F/A-22 program has experienced several significant challenges since it began development in 1986. First, the Air Force had originally planned to buy 750 aircraft, but it now estimates it can only afford about 218 aircraft. Second, in order to develop an expanded air-to-ground attack capability, DOD estimates that the Air Force will need $11.7 billion in modernization funding. Third, the Air Force has determined that new avionics computer processors and archi...

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Alien Smuggling Management and Operational Improvements Needed to ...

By: Richard M. Stana

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Alien smuggling is a significant and growing problem. Although it is likely that most smuggled aliens are brought into the United States to pursue employment opportunities, some are smuggled as part of a criminal or terrorist enterprise that can pose a serious threat to U.S. national security. According to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), smugglers collectively may earn several billion dollars per year bringing illegal aliens across our borders.

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Medicare Physician Payments Need to Refine Practice Expense Values...

By: William J. Scanlon

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: In 1992, Medicare began using a fee schedule to pay physicians for more than 7,000 procedures, ranging from a routine office visit to surgical removal of a brain tumor. The intent of this new payment system was to base physicians? payments on the relative resources used to provide a procedure rather than on the physicians? charges. In 1997, Medicare?s physician fee schedule payments totaled about $43 billion.

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