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Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems
GAO-16-468: Published: May 25, 2016. Publicly Released: May 25, 2016.
The federal government spent about 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities.Total Federal IT Spending by Ty...
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fragmented Programs Are Unclear
GAO-12-601T: Published: Mar 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2012.
In summary, based on our work to date, we have found thatPrograms that support entrepreneurs overlap based not only on their shared purpose of serving entrepreneurs but also on the type of assistance they offer. Much of the overlap and fragmentation among these 53 programs is concentrated among programs that support economically distressed and disadvantaged areas and programs that assist disadvant...
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...
Government Reorganization: Issues Relating to International Trade Responsibilities
T-GGD-95-218: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.
GAO discussed the potential impact of abolishing the Department of Commerce and some of its functions and transferring its remaining functions to other federal agencies. GAO noted that: (1) Commerce plays an important role in formulating trade policy, promoting exports, regulating trade, and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating trade data; (2) Commerce works with interagency committees to coor...
International Trade Issues
OCG-93-11TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized issues relating to the federal government's role in international trade, focusing on: (1) enhancing U.S. competitiveness in an interdependent world; (2) promoting U.S. exports; (3) managing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) export programs; (4) negotiating and administering trade agreements; and (5) analyzing national security-related foreig...
Foreign Direct Investment
GGD-92-12R: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Commerce's and the Treasury's responses to two GAO reports on foreign direct investment in the U.S. real estate sector, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) views on a GAO report on foreign investment in U.S. farmland, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) views on two issues relating to the U.S. residentia...
Export Promotion: U.S. Programs Lack Coherence
T-GGD-92-19: Published: Mar 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1992.
GAO discussed: (1) federal export promotion programs; and (2) the competitiveness of U.S. companies in Japan. GAO noted that: (1) since the government does not fund export promotion programs on the basis of any governmentwide strategy or priorities, there is no assurance that government resources are being effectively used to emphasize sectors and programs with the highest potential return; (2) th...
Agricultural Chemicals to Iraq
NSIAD-92-79R: Published: Mar 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided more detailed information on issues raised in a previous report on agricultural trade with Iraq, focusing on: (1) what export controls are in place on agricultural chemical exports that could be used for military purposes; and (2) the role of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in assuring compliance with such export controls. GAO noted that the:...
Information Dissemination: Innovative Ways Agencies Are Using Technology
T-IMTEC-92-6: Published: Feb 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1992.
GAO discussed how federal agencies are using technology to provide the public with cheaper and faster access to a wider range of information, focusing on: (1) compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM); (2) bulletin board systems; (3) voice messaging/facsimile; and (4) floppy discs. GAO noted that: (1) the U.S. Geological Survey's Geologic Long-Range Inclined Asdic-East Coast CD-ROM includes sonar-sca...
Agriculture Weather Information Is Not Effectively Communicated to Users
CED-79-110: Published: Aug 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1979.
A questionnaire was developed and sent to agricultural weather service users to review certain aspects of the Agricultural Weather Service Program. Although the response rate from farmers and ranchers was low, the information obtained indicates a need for strengthening the program. The Agricultural Weather Service Program began in 1958 as a result of a Senate resolution requesting the Secretaries...