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Selected Nations' Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Varied in Th...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: In their most recent reviews, expert teams found that the United Kingdom?s 2000 and 2002 reports on greenhouse gas emissions and the United States?s 2000 report were largely complete, although the teams noted minor findings, such as the lack of information on quality assurance methods, which the nations were encouraged, but not required, to include in their submissions. In contrast, they found that Germany?s 2001 and Japan?s 2000 reports lacked critical elements...

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Selected Data on Pay, Recruitment, And Retention at 13 Police Forc...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: duties, the extent to which they performed specialized functions varied. Total turnover at the 13 police forces nearly doubled (from 375 to 729) between fiscal years 2001 and 2002. Additionally, during fiscal year 2002, 8 of the 13 police forces experienced their highest annual turnover rates over the 6-year period, from fiscal years 1997 through 2002. Sizable differences existed in the turnover rates among the 13 federal uniformed police forces during fiscal ye...

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Selected Agency Actions to Integrate Human Capital Approaches to A...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: The executive branch agencies GAO reviewed have taken key actions to integrate their human capital approaches with their strategies for accomplishing organizational missions and to shift the focus of their human capital office from primarily compliance activities to consulting activities.

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Selected Agencies Have Opportunities to Enhance Existing Successio...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: The Census Bureau, DOL, EPA, and VHA have all implemented succession planning and management efforts that collectively are intended to strengthen organizational capacity. However, in light of governmentwide fiscal challenges, the agencies have opportunities to enhance some of their succession efforts.

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Seized Property and Forfeited Assets Systems Requirements Checklis...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Overview 5 -- Authoritative Guidance 6 -- How to Use This Checklist 7 -- Seized Property and Forfeited Assets Systems Requirements 9 -- Seizure Activities 11 -- Custody Activities 13 -- Forfeiture Activities 16 -- Disposition Activities 18 -- Reporting and Other Requirements 21 -- General Systems Requirements 25 -- Interfacing Systems 27 -- System Administration 30 -- Records Retention 31 -- Other General Systems Issues 32...

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Security Technologies to Secure Federal Systems

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Many cybersecurity technologies offered in today?s marketplace can serve as safeguards and countermeasures to protect agencies? information technology infrastructures. To assist agencies in identifying and selecting such technologies, we have categorized specific technologies according to the control functionality they provide and described what the technologies do, how they work, and their reported effectiveness. The following table defines these five control categories...

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Security Responsibilities for Federally Owned and Leased Facilities

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, you requested information regarding critical infrastructure protection within the federal government. This letter responds in part to your October 4, 2001, request for such information. As agreed with your offices, we prepared two products on physical infrastructure protection. Our September 2002 report1 discussed the activities of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC), while this report discusses the responsib...

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Security Responsibilities for Federally Owned and Leased Facilities

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, you requested information regarding critical infrastructure protection within the federal government. This letter responds in part to your October 4, 2001, request for such information. As agreed with your offices, we prepared two products on physical infrastructure protection. Our September 2002 report1 discussed the activities of the Interagency Security Committee (ISC), while this report discusses the responsib...

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Security Highlights

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: This publication has been prepared by the Office of Security and Safety (OSS) to introduce employees to GAO Order 0910.1, The GAO Security Manual. It is designed to acquaint employees with their security responsibilities and the requirements of the Manual, but does not attempt to cover or summarize material found in the Manual.

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Security Clearances Fbi Has Enhanced Its Process for State and Loc...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Federal government-wide policies, as implemented by the FBI, apply to state and local officials seeking FBI-issued security clearances. The security clearance process for state and local officials involves six broad steps that consist of, among other things, an extensive background investigation and an adjudication based on federal government-wide criteria. Since September 11, 2001, the FBI processed about 92 percent of top secret security clearance applications...

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Security Clearances Fbi Has Enhanced Its Process for State and Loc...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Since September 11, 2001, the FBI processed about 92 percent of top secret security clearance applications within its time frame goals of 6 to 9 months. About 26 percent of secret security clearance applications were processed within the FBI?s time frame goals of 45 to 60 days, although substantial improvements have been made in the most recent quarters for which GAO has data. Time frames for completion of both top secret and secret applications have decreased s...

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Security Assistance Efforts to Secure Colombias Cao Limon-Coveas O...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Since fiscal year 2002, the United States has provided about $99 million in equipment and training to the Colombian Army to minimize terrorist attacks along the first 110 miles of the Ca?o Limon-Cove?as oil pipeline, mostly in the Arauca department. U.S. Special Forces have provided training and equipment to about 1,600 Colombian Army soldiers. However, the delivery of 10 helicopters purchased for the program was delayed-arriving mid 2005. Without the helicopter...

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Securitization Faces Significant Barriers

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: CED lenders rely on multiple federal programs that offer grants, loans, guarantees, and other support to help fund lending activities. Some of these lenders have expressed an interest in finding alternative sources of funding, including securitizing the loans that they make. However, the volume of CED loans potentially available for securitization is not known. In addition, the community economic development industry is characterized by nonstandard underwriting,...

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Securities Markets Decimal Pricing Has Contributed to Lower Tradin...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Trading costs, a key measure of market quality, have declined significantly for retail and institutional investors since the implementation of decimal pricing in 2001. Retail investors now pay less when they buy and receive more when they sell stock because of the substantially reduced spreads- the difference between the best quoted prices to buy or sell. GAO?s analysis of data from firms that analyze institutional investor trades indicated that trading costs fo...

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Securities Investor Protection Update on Matters Related to the Se...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: SEC has taken steps to implement each of the seven recommendations directed to SEC in GAO?s May 2001 report. SEC has updated its Web site to provide investors with more information about SIPC?s policies and practices, particularly with regard to unauthorized trading and nonmember affiliate claims. SEC has taken other steps consistent with our recommendations to improve its oversight of SIPC and is working with self-regulatory organizations (SRO) to increase inve...

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Securities and Exchange Commissions Financial Statements for Fisca...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: In GAO?s opinion, SEC?s fiscal year 2004 financial statements were fairly presented in all material respects. However, because of material internal control weaknesses in the areas of recording and reporting disgorgements and penalties, preparing financial statements and related disclosures, and information security, in GAO?s opinion, SEC did not maintain effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2004. SEC did maintain in all materia...

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Securities and Exchange Commission Preliminary Observations on Sec...

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Excerpt: In GAO?s 2002 operations report, GAO identified a number of operational challenges facing SEC stemming from an increasing workload (e.g., filings, applications, and examinations) and staffing imbalances that threatened to impair SEC?s ability to fulfill its mission. As illustrated below, SEC?s workload had grown at a much higher rate than its staffing since the mid- 1990s. In response to congressional concerns involving a number of highprofile corporate failures...

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Securities and Exchange Commission Needs to Address Weak Controls ...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: SEC has not effectively implemented information system controls to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of its financial and sensitive data. Specifically, the commission had not consistently implemented effective electronic access controls, including user accounts and passwords, access rights and permissions, network security, or audit and monitoring of security-relevant events to prevent, limit, and detect access to its critical financial an...

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Securities and Exchange Commission Human Capital Challenges Requir...

By: General Accounting Office

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Excerpt: Results in Brief 2 -- Background 3 -- Compensation Was the Primary Factor in Employee Turnover, but -- Other Issues Were Also Important 6 -- SEC Has Placed Greater Emphasis on Compensation-Based -- Programs Than on Noncompensation Flexibilities 16 -- SEC Has Taken Steps to Address Strategic Human Capital -- Management but Faces Challenges 22 -- Conclusions 27 -- Recommendations 28 -- Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 29 -- Appendixes -- Appendix I: Scope and Me...

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Securities and Exchange Commission Actions Needed to Improve Publi...

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Excerpt: SEC faced significant challenges in vetting and appointing five members to the newly created PCAOB within 90 days. The SEC Chairman, who had overall responsibility for the appointment process, initially, envisioned a process primarily driven by SEC staff. He asked the Chief Accountant to take the lead in selecting and the General Counsel in vetting PCAOB members. However, this approach was not fully understood or endorsed by the other Commissioners. The overall ...

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