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Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is often called the "congressional watchdog" because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. This collection provides a brief abstract of the contents, reports, testimony, legal products, featured issues that evaluate how well government policies and programs are working, investigations into allegations of illegal and improper activities, and issuing of legal decisions and opinions.

 
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Unresolved Issues Involving U.S.-Registered Aircraft

By: J. Dexter Peach

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: By international agreement, the United States assumes responsibility for the oversight of all U.S.-registered aircraft, regardless of where they operate. In January 1992, you expressed concern that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may not adequately monitor aircraft registered in the United States. Specifically, you asked us to address three distinct issues. First, does FAA fulfill its commitment under international agreement to inspect U.S.-registered ...

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Dod Could Save Millions by Reducing Maintenance and Repair Inventories

By: Donna M. Heivilin

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report was prepared as part of your request that we continue to compare commercial logistics practices with similar Department of Defense operations. It summarizes the results of our review of inventory management practices used by leading private sector companies and the Department of Defense to provide construction, general, and industrial supplies to industrial centers.

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Despite Data Limitations, Current Methods Provide Better Populatio...

By: Eleanor Chelimsky

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: At your request, we examined methods for estimating the size and flow of the illegal alien population in the United States. These methods have been improved since our previous report in 1982, providing a narrower range of estimates of the size of the illegal alien population. A number of limitations on the available data remain, however, which hinders more precise estimation.

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Federal Reserve System Audits

By: Charles A. Bowsher

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We are pleased to be here to discuss the limits of our audit authority over the Federal Reserve System. My remarks principally will concern the provisions of section 3 of H.R. 28 which would remove all restrictions on our authority to examine Federal Reserve activities. Currently, we lack audit authority over the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, foreign transactions, and Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) operations.

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Financial Management Important Irs Revenue Information Is Unavaila...

By: Donald H. Chapin

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report presents the results of our review of the InternaI Revenue Service?s (IRS) internal controls over revenue. We conducted this review as part of ou financial statement audit of IRS pursuant to the Chief F?inancial Officers Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-576). This report contains recommendations to you. As you know, the head of a federal agency is required by 31 U.S.C. 720 to submit a written statement on actions taken on these recommendations to the Sena...

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Resources, Community, And Economic Development Division

By: Keith O. Fultz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report, prepared at your request, examines the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) response to the Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990. We are making recommendations aimed at ensuring that (1) the nation?s category X airports (airports that have a high volume of traffic and complex security programs) are properly assessed to fully examine threats and vulnerabilities, (2) U.S. citizens traveling on foreign airlines receive an adequate level of secu...

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Tax Administration Changes Needed to Cope with Growth in Offer in ...

By: Jennie S. Stathis

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your request to assess the Internal Revenue Service?s (IRS) Offer in Compromise Program. Offers in compromise are taxpayer proposals to settle tax debts for less than the amount owed. Our report discusses IRS? new emphasis on the program as a collection tool and a means to encourage future compliance. It points out variability in the program?s use among IRS? 63 district offices and recommends several changes IRS needs to make in light of ...

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A Message from the Comptroller General

By: Charles A. Bowsher

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The arrival of a new Congress and a new Administration made I993 a particularly significant year for GAO. Proposals arose for major reforms and changes in policy agendas-in a challenging new call for ?reinventing government...

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Agency Faces Key Management Challenges on Major Issues

By: Kenneth M. Mead

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We appreciate the opportunity to testify on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) budget and programs. At just over $8.8 billion, FAA's fiscal year 1995 budget request represents a 2- percent increase over the fiscal year 1994 appropriation, This includes $2.3 billion for facilities and equipment (F&E); $4.6 billion for operations; Program (AIP); $1.7 billion for the Airport Improvement and $267 million for research, engineering, and development IRE&D). Ab...

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Management Attention Needed for Future Investment Decisions

By: Allen Li

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: We appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement for the record on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) budget and programs.' At just over $8.8 billion, FAA's fiscal year 1995 budget request represents a 2-percent increase over the fiscal year 1994 appropriation. This includes $2.3 billion for facilities and equipment (F&E); $4-6 billion for operations; $1.7 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIPJ; and $267 million for research, engineerin...

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Aviation Security Development of New Security Technology Has Not M...

By: Keith O. Fultz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report, prepared at your request, examines the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) efforts to develop new equipment for detecting explosives and methods to improve aircraft survivability as mandated by the Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990. We are making recommendations to ensure that (1) FAA?s process for approving new explosive detection equipment can provide the aviation community and the flying public with effective and reliable technology a...

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Commercial Practices

By: Donna M. Heivilin

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Excerpt: This report was prepared as part of your request that we continue to compare commercial logistics practices with similar Department of Defense operations. It summarizes the results of our review of inventory management practices used by leading private sector companies and the Department of Defense to provide clothing and textile supplies. It describes various private sector initiatives having potential application to the military clothing logistical environment.

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Improving Mission Performance through Strategic Information Manage...

By: Charles A. Bowsher

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Making government more effective and efficient is a national issue. But getting it to work better and cost less will be impossible if federal agencies cannot learn to manage with modem practices the information age demands. Today?s information systems offer the government unprecedented opportunities to provide higher quality services tailored to the public?s changing needs, delivered more effectively, faster, and at lower cost. Moreover, they can enhance the qua...

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Tax Policy Tax Expenditures Deserve More Scrutiny

By: Jennie S. Stathis

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we examine the growth of tax expenditures and alternatives for limiting their growth. It assesses the growth of federal revenues forgone through income tax expenditures and presents three options for reviewing and controlling this growtlx (1) strengthening and extending techniques currently used by congressional tax-writing committees, (2) integrating tax expenditures further into the budget process, and (3) reviewing ta...

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National Security and International Affairs Division

By: Donna M. Heivilin

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report was prepared as part of your request that we continue to compare commercial logistics practices with similar Department of Defense operations. It summarizes the results of our review of inventory management practices used by leading private sector companies and the Department of Defense to provide electronics supplies. It describes various private sector initiatives that could be applied to the Department of Defense?s maintenance and repair facilities.

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Federal Judicial Security

By: Henry R. Wray

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your requests that we review the federal government?s overall efforts to ensure the security of its judicial personnel, both at and away from court facilities. The report discusses (1) the risk environment within which judges and other judicial personnel must work; (2) the administrative structure, policies, and procedures for providing judicial security; and (3) whether there is a need to change the security management responsibilities n...

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Customer-Supplier Relationships Cm Be Improved through Partnering

By: Donna M. Heivilin

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we conduct a study of various cooperative, private sector business relationships called ?partnerships.?? Some company officials and consultants used the analogy of a marriage to differentiate a partnership from a traditional business relationship. That is, a partnership among organizations is a relationship that requires an understanding of each other?s needs, common goals, commitment, trust, communication, and a willing...

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Financial Management

By: George H. Stalcup

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Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we provide baseline information on federal and state fhancial and program oversight of facilities providing residential and other Medicaid funded services to people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MRJDD). AS agreed with your office, we focused our review on small (15 beds or fewer) private and nonprofit intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled (KWMR) and ...

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Health, Education and Human Services Division

By: Joseph F. Delfico

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Excerpt: This letter provides, at your request, an update of our 1990 report on your proposal to create a system of Individual Social Security Retirement Accounts (ISSRAs), Social Security: Analysis of a Proposal to Privatize Trust Fund Reserves (GAO/HRD-91-22, Dec. 12, 1990). Enclosures I through III summarize our updated calculations based on our 1990 work and the most recent assumptions and projections for the Social Security program provided by the Board of Trustees,...

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Accounting and Information Management Division

By: George H. Stalcup

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Excerpt: In April 1992, the House Committee on Government Operations conclude its investigation of the management of the Indian trust funds and published its report. 1 The report expressed concern over the limited progress that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and, in some cases, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) had made in resolving persistent trust fund management problems...

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