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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...
Housing and Community Development Issue Area--Active Assignments
AA-97-19(1): Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Housing and Community Development issue area as of January 2, 1997...
Financial Institutions and Markets Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1997-98
IAP-96-11: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.
GAO presented its Financial Institutions and Markets issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 through 1998.GAO plans to: (1) identify how financial institutions, markets, and regulatory agencies respond to the changing demands and technological advances of the global marketplace; (2) evaluate existing laws' impact on market efficiency, competition, and U.S. financial institutions; (3) improve the reg...
Clean Water Act: Use of State Revolving Funds Varies
T-RCED-96-140: Published: Apr 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its preliminary review of the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (SRF) Program. GAO noted that: (1) as of June 30, 1995, the states had loaned 77 percent of their $18.9 billion in available cumulative funds; (2) the proportion of state loans varies between states; (3) program data are incomplete, since the Environmental Protection Agency...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-274: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Superfund reauthorization bill and its report on the role of risk in setting priorities for the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) the reauthorization bill would improve Superfund site cleanup, increase public involvement in the Superfund process, and expedite settlements with responsible parties with relatively low liability; (2) Congress and the Environmental Protection Age...
Homelessness: McKinney Act Programs Provide Assistance but Are Not Designed to Be the Solution
RCED-94-37: Published: May 31, 1994. Publicly Released: May 31, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in selected cities, focusing on: (1) how the act has affected the cities' efforts to assist the homeless; and (2) the problems the cities have experienced with McKinney Act programs.GAO found that: (1) McKinney Act programs are an important source of funds for improving emergency service...
Air Pollution: Regional Approaches Are Needed to Protect Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas
T-RCED-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
GAO discussed federal and state efforts to address the visibility problems caused by air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. GAO noted that: (1) efforts to control air pollution from individual sources near park and wilderness areas have had only a limited impact and are costly and difficult to implement; (2) some pollution sources are exempt from program requirements either because...
Flood Insurance: Financial Resources May Not Be Sufficient to Meet Future Expected Losses
RCED-94-80: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the financial condition of the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on the: (1) actuarial soundness of the program; (2) potential financial impacts of increasing subsidized flood insurance rates and enhancing program participation; and (3) procedures used to set flood insurance rates.GAO found that: (1) the flood insurance program is not actu...
Housing Finance: Characteristics of Borrowers of FHA-Insured Mortgages
RCED-94-135BR: Published: Apr 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on changes in the: (1) income, age, and race of borrowers of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgages; and (2) location of their homes.GAO found that: (1) 24 percent of FHA-insured mortgages originated in 1991 went to low-income families, and 41 percent of FHA-insured loans originated in 1991 went to moderate-income fami...
International Environment: Improved Procedures Needed for Environmental Assessments of U.S. Actions Abroad
RCED-94-55: Published: Feb 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' use of environmental impact assessments to assess the environmental consequences of their overseas activities, focusing on: (1) the requirements for environmental impact assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 12114; (2) federal agencies' implementation of Executive Order 12114; and (3) t...