Cost control (1 - 10 of 38 items)
Secure Border Initiative Fence Construction Costs
GAO-09-244R: Published: Jan 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2009.
Much of the United States' 6,000 miles of international borders with Canada and Mexico remains vulnerable to illegal entry of aliens, criminals, and cargo. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehends hundreds of thousands of people and seizes large volumes of cargo entering the country illegally each year; however, several hundreds of thousands of individuals and an unknown volume of cont...
Credit and Debit Cards: Federal Entities Are Taking Actions to Limit Their Interchange Fees, but Additional Revenue Collection Cost Savings May Exist
GAO-08-558: Published: May 15, 2008. Publicly Released: May 15, 2008.
Federal entities--agencies, corporations, and others--are growing users of credit and debit cards, as both "merchants" (receiving payments) and purchasers. Merchants accepting cards incur fees--called merchant discount fees--paid to banks to process the transactions. For Visa and MasterCard transactions, a large portion of these fees-- referred to as interchange--goes to the card-issuing banks. So...
Federal Compensation Programs: Perspectives on Four Programs for Individuals Injured by Exposure to Harmful Substances
GAO-08-628T: Published: Apr 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2008.
The U.S. federal government has played an ever-increasing role in providing benefits to individuals injured as a result of exposure to harmful substances. Over the years, it has established several key compensation programs, including the Black Lung Program, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program (RECP), and the Energy Employees Occupational Ill...
Status of Selected Aspects of the Coast Guard's Deepwater Program
GAO-08-270R: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
The Coast Guard is in the midst of the largest acquisition program in its history--one that has experienced serious performance and management problems. The Deepwater program is intended to replace or modernize the Coast Guard's fleet of vessels, aircraft, and information management capabilities in order to carry out its missions along our coastlines and farther out at sea. Deepwater incorporates...
Chemical Demilitarization: Additional Management Actions Needed to Meet Key Performance Goals of DOD's Chemical Demilitarization Program
GAO-08-134: Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2008.
Destruction of the nation's remaining stockpile of chemical weapons in a safe, efficient, and timely manner is essential to meet Chemical Weapons Convention treaty obligations and to reduce the risk of a potential catastrophic event. The Department of Defense (DOD) established the Chemical Demilitarization Program to manage the destruction of the remaining stockpile. GAO was asked to evaluate the...
Cost Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Estimating and Managing Program Costs--Exposure Draft (Superseded by GAO-09-3SP)
GAO-07-1134SP: Published: Jul 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2007.
This publication has been superseded by GAO-09-3SP, GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs, March 2009. From August 13, 2007 - July 14, 2008, GAO is seeking input and feedback on this Exposure Draft from all interested parties. See page 4 for more information. The U.S. Government Accountability Office is responsible for, among oth...
Opportunities for Congressional Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds: Budgetary Implications of Selected GAO Work
GAO-04-649: Published: May 7, 2004. Publicly Released: May 7, 2004.
This report contains in a single document the budgetary implications of selected program reforms discussed in past GAO work but not yet implemented or enacted. Since 1994, we have prepared annual reports similar to this product, in order to continue to assist congressional committees in identifying approaches to reduce federal spending or increase revenues. This year's report contains over 100 exa...
Federal Budget: Opportunities for Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds
GAO-03-922T: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
No government should waste its taxpayers' money, whether we are operating during a period of budget surpluses or deficits. Further, it is important for everyone to recognize that waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement are not victimless activities. Resources are not unlimited, and when they are diverted for inappropriate, illegal, inefficient, or ineffective purposes, both taxpayers and legitimate...
1998 NASA Budget: Review of Selected Activities
NSIAD-97-252R: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
GAO provided information on potential reduction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 budget request and prior years' appropriations for selected programs. GAO noted that the information did not reflect any adjustments taken by congressional authorization and appropriations committees during their review of the FY 1998 NASA budget request.GAO noted tha...
Program Consolidation: Budgetary Implications and Other Issues
T-AIMD-95-145: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed federal program consolidation. GAO noted that: (1) program consolidations can increase efficiency and improve performance to the benefit of all program constituents; (2) many programs have similar and overlapping goals, target populations, and services; (3) program consolidations could reduce federal and nonfederal costs, improve administration and service delivery, and eliminate dup...