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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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National Security Analysis Issue Area Plan Fiscal Years 1998-2000

By: Richard Davis

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: As the investigative arm of Congress and the nation's auditor, the General Accounting Office is charged with following the federal dollar wherever it goes. Reflecting stringent standards of objectivity and independence, GAO'S audits, evaluations, and investigations promote a more efficient and cost-effective government; expose waste, fraud, and mismanagement in federal programs; help Congress target budget reductions; assess financial information management; and...

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Defense Health Care : Operational Difficulties and System Uncertai...

By: Stephen P. Backhus

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The enclosed information responds to your follow-up questions concerning our testimony before the Subcommittee on February 26, 1998, on the status of TRICARE. This information supplements our testimony before the Subcommittee. Because TRICARE represents a redesign of the Department of Defense?s (DOD) $15.5 billion health care system and affects over 8. million eligible beneficiaries, we will make copies of this correspondence available to other interested parties upon request.

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Active Assignments

By: Henry L. Hinton, Jr.

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: The purpose of this summary is to inform interested congressional staff and others about ongoing assignments in GAO?s national security and international affairs area. This audit jurisdiction includes the Departments of Defense and State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the defense and international activities of numerous other government agencies. The attached summary contains a brief description of each ongoing review. These descriptions...

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Financial Management : Comparison of the Arthur Andersen Studs and...

By: Gloria L. Jarmon

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Regarding critical infrastructure protection within the federal government.

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Aviation Security Faa's Deployments of Equipment M Detect Traces o...

By: Gerald L. Dillingham

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Concerned about security at the nation?s airports, the Congress provided $144. million in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 to purchase commercially available advanced security screening equipment for checked and carry-on baggage. Of this total, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) planned to use about $45 million to purchase and deploy 489 units of equipment to detect traces of explosives on this baggage.? These deployments were to be mad...

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Foreign Assistance : U. S. Assistance for Elementary and Preparato...

By: Harold J. Johnson

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: Concerned that U.S. assistance funds might have been used in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to purchase textbooks with anti-Semitic and proterrorist language and sentiments, you requested that all U.S. funds provided for the benefit of elementary and preparatory schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for fiscal years 1996, 1997, and 1998. At your request, we are also providing certain information on U.S. assistance for schools in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. This ...

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U.S. Postal Service : Subcommittee Questions Concerning Year 2000 ...

By: Jack L. Brock, Jr.

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Excerpt: In responset o your March 16 999, request,t his letter provides answerst o questions rela,ing to our February 23, 1999, testimony on challenges facing the U.S. Postal Service in addressingt he Year 2000 problem.? As we noted in our testimony, the Service has been working hard to addressi ts Year 2000 problem and has recently revamped its management approach. If successfully implemented, its approach can provide significant support and oversight to Year 2000 effo...

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Gsa's Year 2000 Business Continuity and Contingency Plans for Tele...

By: Linda D. Koontz

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: On March 25 999, we met with General Service Administration (GSA) Year 2000 program officials to discuss the status of GSA?s efforts to ensure that the telecommunications systems it manages for the federal government are Year 2000 compliant. During this meeting, we highlighted severals uggestionsto enhanceG SA?s business continuity and contingency plans for telecommunications. The purpose of this letter is to summarize these suggestions and the actions GSA Year ...

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Social Security Reform

By: Cynthia M. Fagnoni

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: And administered, and administrative feasibility is vital to the success of any individual account proposal. A system of individual accounts covering 148 million workers:would constitute a fundamental change to Social? Security and would be~significaxitly larger than any existing retirement investment program:If practical issues such as administrative barriers and challenges are not ,adequately considered before reform decisions are made, implementation of any h...

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Office of Special Investigations

By: Robert H. Hast

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: As requested, ~nclosecl with this letter is a copy of a briefing that OS1 gave to represe+ives 0; the Houqe Commi$tee on Goyenunent Reform on July 15, 1999. At that time, : pe ixkikd those present ?& the r&.&s ofo& review concerning how .5 caliber semia$omatic rifles have been used in domestic and international crimmal activity. Baaed on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and F?ireanns tracing inform&ion and information OS1 developed, we found that 30 caliber semiautoma...

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Social Security Evaluating Reform Proposals

By: David M. Walker

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Excerpt: This report responds to your request that we analyze the potential budgetary and economic effects of several Social Security reform proposals, together with the Social Security framework outlined by the President and his Universal Savings Account (USA) proposal. We agreed to examine how these proposals balance adequacy and equity concerns and provide for reasonable implementation and communication of any changes. A wide array of proposals has been put forth to r...

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Social Security Reform : Evaluation of the Gramm Proposal

By: David M. Walker

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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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Critical Infrastructure Protection : National Plan for Information...

By: Jack L. Brock, Jr.

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: On November 8, 1999, you requested that we assess national security legal authorities related to infrastructure protection. In subsequent discussions with your staff, we agreed to focus our analysis on the administration?s National Plan for Information Systems Protection, which was issued in January 2000. The plan calls for new initiatives to strengthen the nation?s defense against threats to public and private sector information systems that are critical to the...

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Financial Management Review of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

By: Linda M. Calbom

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Excerpt: today. The enclosed briefing slides highlight the results of our work and the information provided. You asked that we determine for fiscal years 1995 to 1999, (1) what systems the Department of the Interior?s (DOI?s) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used to track how allocated funds were spent and to determine the full costs of operating the refuge program, (2) how much funding the Service allocated to refuge operations and maintenance and how those funds were use...

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Social Security Reform : Evaluation of the Nisl Smith 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 ,proposa& to-include the proposal you have put forth: This letter follows, the methodology and format of and uses the same economicassumptions as our previously issued reports Our analysisof ?your proposal is based on cost estimates provided by the:Office of the,Chief Actuary, Social SecuriiyAdministration (S...

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Va Systems Security : Information System Controls at the New Mexic...

By: Robert F. Dacey

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: As part of our review of computer security at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we assessed the effectiveness of information system general controls' at the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS). Our review of VA computer security was performed in connection with the department's required annual financial statement audit for fiscal year 1999. Our evaluation included a follow-up on the computer security weaknesses we identified at NMVAHCS in conjuncti...

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Whether Secretary of Agriculture Memorandum Concerning Emergency S...

By: Robert P. Murphy

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Excerpt: This letter is in response to your letter dated August 27, 1996, requesting our views on whether a July 2 memorandum issued by the Secretary of Agriculture concerning the Emergency Salvage Timber Sale Program is a ?rule? under a recently enacted provision to be codified at 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A). This provision was included in the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. The Emergency Salvage Timber Sale Program was contained in the Emergency Supplemental ...

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Office of the General Counsel

By: Robert P. Murphy

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Excerpt: This letter is in response to your letter of September 1, 1998, requesting our views on whether ?Interim Guidance for Investigating Title VI Administrative Complaints Challenging Permits? (Interim Guidance) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a ?rule? under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) portion of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.). For the reasons which follow, we find that the document...

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

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

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Excerpt: Request for recommendation for reimbursement of protest costs is denied for failure to diligently pursue claim where protester failed to contact agency for nearly 3 years regarding resolution of previously filed claim and, despite failure to resolve the claim within a reasonable period with the agency, protester did not diligently pursue its request for resolution by General Accounting Office.

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

By: Anthony H. Gamboa

Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection

Excerpt: This responds to your letter dated April 26, 2001, requesting our legal opinion on issues related to share-in-savings contract authorities of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act and the Clinger-Cohen Act. You asked five questions. Because the answers to your first two questions are interrelated, we have combined these questions and answer them together. We answer the remaining three questions in turn.

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