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U.S. Agricultural Exports: Strong Growth Likely But U.S. Export Assistance Programs' Contribution Uncertain
NSIAD-97-260: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) the way in which the 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) will likely affect U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) the continued relevance of U.S. agricultural export assistance programs.GAO noted that: (1) agricultural experts generally expect that FAIR's domestic policy reforms will modestly contribute to increased U.S. ag...
Regulatory Reinvention: EPA's Common Sense Initiative Needs an Improved Operating Framework and Progress Measures
RCED-97-164: Published: Jul 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the progress of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Common Sense Initiative toward its goal of finding "cleaner, cheaper, smarter" ways of reducing or preventing pollution and the methods EPA uses to measure progress.GAO noted that: (1) in the almost 3 years the Initiative has been under way, it has produced three formal recommendations to...
Social Security Administration: More Cost-Effective Approaches Exist to Further Improve 800-Number Service
HEHS-97-79: Published: Jun 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) 800 number service, focusing on: (1) how well SSA's 800 number provides service to the public; and (2) what steps SSA needs to take to ensure that improvements to the 800 number are cost-effective.GAO noted that: (1) although SSA's 800 number has consistently provided accurate and courteous service to the...
Intellectual Property: Fees Are Not Always Commensurate With the Costs of Services
RCED-97-113: Published: May 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues related to intellectual property fees charged by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the Copyright Office, focusing on: (1) how fees are set for the services provided by the federal agencies; (2) the extent to which intellectual property fees are recovering the costs of the services provided; (3) whether different users of the same ser...
Defense Restructuring Costs: Information Pertaining to Five Business Combinations
NSIAD-97-97: Published: Apr 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on restructuring costs of defense contractors involved in business combinations since 1993, including: (1) specific costs associated with workforce reductions and the services provided to workers affected by business combinations; (2) other funds used to help laid-off workers find new employment; (3) why the effectiveness of restructu...
Combat Air Power: Joint Mission Assessments Needed Before Making Program and Budget Decisions
NSIAD-96-177: Published: Sep 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) plans to modernize its combat air capabilities, focusing on whether DOD has sufficient information from a joint perspective to: (1) prioritize its air power programs; (2) objectively weigh the merits of new program investments; and (3) decide whether existing programs should receive continued funding.GAO found that: (1) although DOD believes that its...
Analysis of USDA Budgets, Fiscal Years 1996 and 1997
RCED-96-182R: Published: Jun 7, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) fiscal year (FY) 1996 appropriation and FY 1997 budget request, focusing on whether prior-year unobligated funds could be rescinded and the USDA FY 1997 budget reduced. GAO noted that: (1) USDA has approximately $1.35 billion in potential rescissions for FY 1996 and $2.7 billion in potential reductions for FY 1997; (2) the potential rescissions a...
U.S. Combat Air Power: Reassessing Plans to Modernize Interdiction Capabilities Could Save Billions
NSIAD-96-72: Published: May 13, 1996. Publicly Released: May 13, 1996.
GAO evaluated the military services' current aggregate interdiction assets for striking enemy targets and the contribution of planned modernization programs to total interdiction capabilities, focusing on the reasonableness of the planned enhancements.GAO found that: (1) although the services have determined that they have enough capability to carry out the national military strategy of being able...
USDA Telecommunications: More Effort Needed to Address Telephone Abuse and Fraud
AIMD-96-59: Published: Apr 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) use of its telecommunications resources, focusing on: (1) whether USDA ensures that the commercial telephone and long-distance services it pays for are used in accordance with federal regulations and departmental policy; and (2) USDA efforts to address recommendations from a previous GAO report.GAO found that:...
Community Reinvestment Act: Challenges Remain to Successfully Implement CRA
GGD-96-23: Published: Nov 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the major problems in implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), focusing on the: (1) extent to which regulatory reforms address these problems; (2) challenges regulators face in ensuring the success of CRA reforms; and (3) initiatives taken to enhance lending opportunities in low-income areas.GAO found that: (1) bankers, community groups,...