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Invasive Species: Clearer Focus and Greater Commitment Needed to Effectively Manage the Problem
GAO-03-1: Published: Oct 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2002.
Harmful invasive species--nonnative plants and animals that are spreading throughout the United States--have caused billions of dollars in damage to natural areas, businesses, and consumers. In 2001, the federal government issued a National Invasive Species Management Plan to focus attention on invasive species and coordinate a national control effort involving the 20 or so federal agencies that a...
Oregon Inlet Jetty Project: Environmental and Economic Concerns Need to Be Resolved
GAO-02-803: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2002.
Oregon Inlet is the primary route to the ocean for hundreds of commercial and recreational fishing vessels operating in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. However, the inlet experiences more high winds, strong tides, and shifting sand than any other inlet on the coast of the United States. This high-energy environment often creates sand bars and large breaking waves at the inlet's entrance...
Department of Commerce: Compliance with the Inflation Adjustment Act
GAO-02-1085R: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
GAO initiated a governmentwide review of the implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990. The act requires each federal agency to issue a regulation adjusting its covered maximum civil monetary penalties for inflation by October 23, 1996, and requires each agency to make necessary adjustments at least once every 4 years thereafter. During the review, GAO determin...
Employee Privacy: Computer-Use Monitoring Practices and Policies of Selected Companies
GAO-02-717: Published: Sep 27, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2002.
Over the past decade, there has been a technological revolution in the workplace as businesses have increasingly turned to computer technology the primary tool to communicate, conduct research, and store information. Also during this time, concern has grown among private sector employers that their computer resources may be abused by employees--either by accessing offensive material or jeopardizin...
Export Controls: Department of Commerce Controls over Transfers of Technology to Foreign Nationals Need Improvement
GAO-02-972: Published: Sep 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2002.
To protect its national security and foreign policy interests, the United States controls exports of civilian technologies that have military uses. U.S. firms may be required to obtain a license from the Department of Commerce before exporting these "dual-use" technologies from the United States to many other countries, including countries of concern. Since Commerce regulations also deem domestic...
Internet Management: Limited Progress on Privatization Project Makes Outcome Uncertain
GAO-02-805T: Published: Jun 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2002.
This testimony discusses privatizing the management of the Internet domain name system. This system is a vital aspect of the Internet that works like an automated telephone directory, allowing users to reach Web sites using easy-to-understand domain names like www.senate.gov, instead of the string of numbers that computers use when communicating with each other. The U.S. government supported the d...
Research and Development: Lessons Learned from Previous Research Could Benefit FreedomCAR Initiative
GAO-02-810T: Published: Jun 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2002.
The federal government has spent billions of dollars attempting to reduce the consumption of petroleum in the transportation sector for over 25 years. Throughout the period, the government has tried tax incentives, mandates to use vehicles that run on alternative fuels, and laws designed to enhance fuel efficiency. More recently, the federal government conducted a $1.2 billion partnership between...
Foreign Languages: Human Capital Approach Needed to Correct Staffing and Proficiency Shortfalls
GAO-02-375: Published: Jan 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2002.
The changing security environment and the increasing globalization of the U.S. economy have significantly increased the need for federal employees with foreign language skills. GAO reviewed in detail the operations of the following four agencies: the Army, the State Department, the Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These four...
Export Controls: Issues to Consider in Authorizing a New Export Administration Act
GAO-02-468T: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
Two bills before Congress would introduce a new legal basis for controls over exports of dual use goods and services. In GAO's view, a new export administration act will need to balance stakeholder interests, assess the national security risks presented by end users, and balance the needs of exporters with foreign policy and national security interests. Both bills seek to balance these interests b...
Export Controls: Clarification of Jurisdiction for Missile Technology Items Needed
GAO-02-120: Published: Oct 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2001.
The U.S. government has long been concerned about the growing threat posed by the proliferation of missiles and related technologies that can deliver weapons of mass destruction. The United States is working with other countries through the Missile Technology Control Regime to control the export of missile-related items. The Departments of Commerce and State share primary responsibility for contro...