Other, Independent Agencies (1 - 10 of 15 items)
Managing for Results: Agencies' Trends in the Use of Performance Information to Make Decisions
GAO-14-747: Published: Sep 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014.
Agencies' reported use of performance information, as measured by GAO's use of performance information index, generally did not improve between 2007 and 2013. The index was derived from a set of survey questions in the 2007 and 2013 surveys that reflected the extent to which managers reported that their agencies used performance information for various management activities and decision making. GA...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Performance Management Processes
GAO-10-946R: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents that protect innovations ranging from new treatments for diseases to new wireless technology applications. Over the last several years, increases in both the volume and complexity of patent applications have lengthened the time between when an application is submitted and when a final decision is made--referred to...
Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Trends in Energy Derivatives Markets Raise Questions about CFTC's Oversight
GAO-08-25: Published: Oct 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2007.
Prices for four energy commodities--crude oil, heating oil, unleaded gasoline, and natural gas--have risen substantially since 2002. Some observers believe that higher energy prices are the result of changes in supply and demand. Others believe that increased futures trading activity has also contributed to higher prices. This report, conducted under the Comptroller General of the United States' a...
Defense Trade: National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Companies Could Be Improved
GAO-07-661T: Published: Mar 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2007.
The Exon-Florio amendment to the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted in 1988, authorized the President to suspend or prohibit foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies that pose a threat to national security. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States--chaired by the Department of Treasury with 11 other members, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Homeland Security--...
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: System for Controlling Exports of High Performance Computing Is Ineffective
GAO-01-10: Published: Dec 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2001.
The U.S. government controls the export of high performance computers to sensitive destinations on the basis of foreign policy and national security concerns. The current control system for high performance computers is ineffective because it focuses on controlling individual machines and cannot prevent countries of concern from linking or clustering many lower performance uncontrolled computers t...
Campaign Finance: Contributions From Gambling Interests Have Increased
GGD-99-127: Published: Jul 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined for the 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998 elections the total amount of contributions from gambling interests to: (1) federal candidates, including the total number of federal candidates that accepted those contributions; and (2) national political party committees, as well as separate totals for the Republican National Committee (RNC), the National Rep...
District of Columbia: Status of the Proposed New Convention Center Project
AIMD-97-148: Published: Sep 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the progress of the proposed new convention center project for Washington, D.C., focusing on the project's: (1) approval process; (2) building design; (3) estimated costs; (4) dedicated revenues; and (5) financing plans.GAO found that: (1) the Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA) is faced with the challenge of obtaining sufficient finan...
Government Reorganization: Observations About Creating a U.S. Trade Administration
T-GGD-95-234: Published: Sep 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1995.
GAO discussed proposed legislation to create a U.S. Trade Administration (USTA) by merging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) with several Department of Commerce offices and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. GAO noted that: (1) creating a trade administration that lacks cabinet-level department status could lead to the perception that the new agency does not have the status of...
OGE's Access to Commerce Travel Records
GGD-95-33R: Published: Jan 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Department of Commerce should have allowed the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) access to its records of reimbursed travel in 1992. GAO noted that: (1) OGE has broad authority to monitor agency ethics programs and is entitled to access to all records related to such reimbursed travel that any agency may possess to ensure compliance wit...