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Transboundary Species: Potential Impact to Species
GAO-03-211R: Published: Oct 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2002.
The United States/Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement expired in March 2001. As part of the preparation process for renegotiating the agreement, the United States Trade Representative requested public comment on softwood lumber trade issues between the United States and Canada and on Canadian softwood lumbering practices. The comments received included allegations that Canadian lumbering and forestry...
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...
Bureau of Reclamation: Opportunities Exist to Improve Managerial Cost Information and Cost Recovery
GAO-02-973: Published: Sep 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2002.
In a previous report (GAO/AIMD-00-127, May 2000), GAO identified reimbursable project costs that were not being recovered by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. In this report, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation's managerial cost accounting and cost recovery practices. The Bureau does not currently identify and distribute all of the costs it incurs to its specific projects...
Indian Trust Funds: Individual Indian Accounts
GAO-02-970T: Published: Jul 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2002.
This testimony summarizes previous GAO work that identified gaps in information needed to reconcile Individual Indian Moneys (IIM) trust accounts, and the rationale that led GAO to suggest that the Department of the Interior seek alternatives to reconciliation, such as a negotiated agreement. Congress established an Indian trust fund account reconciliation requirement in the Supplemental Appropria...
Department of the Interior: Office of Aircraft Services and Bureaus Can More Fully Recover and Further Reduce Aviation Program Costs
GAO-02-460: Published: Apr 17, 2002. Publicly Released: May 17, 2002.
The Department of the Interior has cut its aviation accident rate in half since 1975--from 18.8 accidents to 8.7 per 100,000 flight hours. The department's lower accident rate can be attributed to the implementation of a standard aviation operating policy and to aviation safety standards that exceed the Federal Aviation Administration's requirements. The Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) has not f...
Indian Trust Funds: Tribal Account Balances
GAO-02-420T: Published: Feb 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2002.
Congress established an Indian trust fund account reconciliation requirement in 1987 in response to tribes' concerns that the Department of the Interior had not consistently provided them with statements on their account balances, their trust fund accounts had never been reconciled, and Interior planned to contract with a third party to manage the accounts. Congress required that the accounts be a...
The National Fire Plan: Federal Agencies Are Not Organized to Effectively and Efficiently Implement the Plan
GAO-01-1022T: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
This testimony discusses how federal agencies conduct fire management under the National Fire Plan. Effective fire management requires coordination, consistency, and agreement among five federal land management agencies in two departments--the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior and...
Information Security: Weak Controls Place Interior's Financial and Other Data at Risk
GAO-01-615: Published: Jul 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 2001.
This report reviews information system general controls over the financial systems maintained by the Department of the Interior at its National Business Center (NBC) in Denver, Colorado. GAO found that although the Denver center has made progress in correcting previously cited computer security weaknesses, additional weaknesses affect the Denver center's information system control environment. Th...
National Park Service: Agency Should Recover Costs of Validity Examinations for Mining Claims
RCED-00-265: Published: Sep 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal costs of conducting validity examinations at three California Desert parks, focusing on whether: (1) data are available on the National Park Service's costs of conducting validity examinations at these parks since 1994; and (2) the Park Service recovers the costs of such examinations from claimants.GAO noted that: (1) the...