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Rebuilding Iraq: Status of Funding and Reconstruction Efforts
GAO-05-876: Published: Jul 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2005.
Rebuilding Iraq is a U.S. national security and foreign policy priority and constitutes the largest U.S. assistance program since World War II. Billions of dollars in grants, loans, assets, and revenues from various sources have been made available or pledged to the reconstruction of Iraq. The United States, along with its coalition partners and various international organizations and donors, has...
Data Mining: Federal Efforts Cover a Wide Range of Uses
GAO-04-548: Published: May 4, 2004. Publicly Released: May 27, 2004.
Both the government and the private sector are increasingly using "data mining"--that is, the application of database technology and techniques (such as statistical analysis and modeling) to uncover hidden patterns and subtle relationships in data and to infer rules that allow for the prediction of future results. As has been widely reported, many federal data mining efforts involve the use of per...
DOD Overseas Schools: Compensation Adequate for Recruiting and Retaining Well-Qualified Teachers
GAO-03-19: Published: Dec 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2002.
The Department of Defense (DOD) overseas schools educate more than 70,000 children of military service members and DOD civilian employees throughout the world. In order to ensure the continued success of this school system, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 directed GAO to assess whether the DOD overseas teachers' compensation package is adequate to recruit and retain qua...
Foreign Relations: Kwajalein Atoll Is the Key U.S. Defense Interest in Two Micronesian Nations
GAO-02-119: Published: Jan 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2002.
The Compact of Free Association continues a defense arrangement that has existed between the United States and two Pacific island nations--Micronesia and the Marshall Islands--since the end of World War II. The United States has exercised only one of the four primary defense provisions contained in the Compact. That provision grants the United States the right to use part of the Kwajalein Atoll in...
The Challenge of Data Sharing: Results of a GAO-Sponsored Symposium on Benefit and Loan Programs
GAO-01-67: Published: Oct 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2000.
Data sharing among federal agencies that run federal benefit and loan programs is important for determining the eligibility of applicants and beneficiaries. A GAO symposium on data sharing highlighted various issues facing federal agencies in their efforts to prevent abuse of federal programs. Symposium speakers focused on the number of program dollars saved by interagency data exchanges. Agencies...
Information Security: Serious and Widespread Weaknesses Persist at Federal Agencies
AIMD-00-295: Published: Sep 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed inspectors' general information security audit findings for 24 federal agencies, focusing on: (1) information security weaknesses identified in audit reports issued from July 1999 through August 2000 and GAO's findings with similar information that GAO reported in September 1998; (2) weaknesses and the related risks at selected individual agencies;...
Defense Trade: Contractors Engage in Varied International Alliances
NSIAD-00-213: Published: Sep 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. and European defense contractors' business alliances, focusing on: (1) the types alliances companies are establishing and their reasons for forming alliances; (2) why companies prefer certain types of alliances over others; and (3) whether U.S. laws, regulations, policies, and practices influence a company's decision to form an...
Defense Trade: Identifying Foreign Acquisitions Affecting National Security Can Be Improved
NSIAD-00-144: Published: Jun 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the process used by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to identify foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies, focusing on current identification process used by the Committee and the effectiveness of the Committee's follow-up on acquisitions identified by its member agencies.GAO noted that: (1) the identification process the Comm...
Technology Transfer: Administration of the Bayh-Dole Act by Research Universities
RCED-98-126: Published: May 7, 1998. Publicly Released: May 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the administration of the Bayh-Dole Act in research universities.GAO noted that: (1) federal agencies' administration of the Bayh-Dole Act as it applies to research universities is decentralized; (2) while the Department of Commerce has issued implementing regulations and provides coordination under limited circumstances, the act actually is admi...
Acquisition Reform: Classes of Contracts Not Suitable for the Federal Acquisition Computer Network
NSIAD-97-232: Published: Sep 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the classes of contracts in amounts greater than the micro-purchase threshold and not greater than the simplified acquisition threshold that are not suitable for acquisition through a system with full Federal Acquisition Computer Network (FACNET) capability, focusing on: (1) characteristics of contract actions that agencies found n...