Department of Agriculture, Executive (11 - 20 of 25 items)
Wildland Fire Management: Lack of a Cohesive Strategy Hinders Agencies' Cost-Containment Efforts
GAO-07-427T: Published: Jan 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2007.
Over the past two decades, the number of acres burned by wildland fires has increased, often threatening human lives, property, and ecosystems. The cost of responding to wildland fires has also grown, especially as more homes are built in or near wildlands, an area called the wildland-urban interface. Past management practices, including a concerted federal policy in the 20th century of suppressin...
Wildland Fire Management: Timely Identification of Long-Term Options and Funding Needs Is Critical
GAO-05-923T: Published: Jul 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2005.
Wildland fires are increasingly threatening communities and ecosystems. In recent years, these fires have become more intense due to excess vegetation that has accumulated, partly as a result of past management practices. Experts have said that the window of opportunity for effectively responding to wildland fire is rapidly closing. The federal government's cost to manage wildland fires continues...
Local Television Act: Status of Spending for Fiscal Year 2003
GAO-05-18R: Published: Oct 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2004.
In December 2000, the Congress passed the Launching Our Communities' Access to Local Television Act of 2000 (Local TV Act or act). The act created the Local Television Loan Guarantee Program (Program) and established the Local Television Loan Guarantee Board (Board) to finance projects that will provide access to signals of local television stations to households in areas with limited or no access...
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...
Rural Water Projects: Federal Assistance Criteria and Potential Benefits of the Proposed Lewis and Clark Project
T-RCED-99-252: Published: Jul 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Lewis and Clark Rural Water Project, focusing on: (1) federal assistance criteria for rural water projects and; (2) potential benefits of rural water projects such as Lewis and Clark.GAO noted that: (1) regarding federal assistance criteria for rural water projects, GAO's work looked at three programs; (2) these were the Rural Utilities Servic...
Central Arizona Project: Costs and Benefits of Acquiring the Harquahala Water Entitlement
RCED-95-102: Published: Jun 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Harquahala Valley Irrigation District became a source of water for the Fort McDowell Indian Community, focusing on the: (1) federal government's costs to acquire the water; (2) benefits accrued to the parties involved in the acquisition; and (3) status of Department of Agriculture loans made to Harquahala landowners.GAO found...
Reclamation Law: Changes Needed Before Water Service Contracts Are Renewed
RCED-91-175: Published: Aug 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified environmental and water use problems associated with the irrigation practices carried out under the Bureau of Reclamation's water service contracts in the Central Valley Project (CVP); and (2) determined whether contract renewals would allow such problems to continue.GAO found that: (1) agricultural drainage has degraded the quality of the S...
Surface Mining: Transferring Interior's Surface Mining Regulatory Function
RCED-88-161: Published: Jun 9, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impacts and alternatives associated with transferring the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) functions to determine: (1) the cost of the transfer; (2) the time necessary to complete the transfer; (3) which agencies were most capable of carrying out and improving OSMRE functions; and (4...
Review of Position Paper on Presidential Reorganization Proposals
B-194028: Published: Feb 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1984.
The Comptroller General's opinion was sought regarding the proposed executive reorganization of the Departments of the Interior and Housing and Urban Development into Departments of Natural Resources and Development Assistance, respectively. The Comptroller General agrees with similar proposals made by the National Academy of Public Administration and the Office of Management's Reorganization Task...
National Direction Required for Effective Management of America's Fish and Wildlife
CED-81-107: Published: Aug 24, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1981.
GAO conducted a review of specific federal fish and wildlife programs to evaluate the overall effectiveness of federal agencies' management of fish and wildlife resources and habitat to ensure that development activities have the least possible adverse effect on fish and wildlife.Several laws require federal agencies to seek the advice of the Fish and Wildlife Service on planned activities that ma...