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Geospatial Information: Technologies Hold Promise for Wildland Fire Management, but Challenges Remain
GAO-03-1114T: Published: Aug 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2003.
Over the past decade, a series of devastating and deadly wildland fires has burned millions of acres of federal forests, grasslands, and deserts each year, requiring federal and management agencies to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fight them. GAO was asked to provide an interim update on key segments of an ongoing review of the use of geospatial information technologies in wildland fire...
Wildland Fires: Forest Service's Removal of Timber Burned by Wildland Fires
GAO-03-808R: Published: Jul 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2003.
Wildland fires burned over 8 million acres during the 2000 wildfire season, making it one of the worst in the past 50 years. As a result, a National Fire Plan was implemented beginning in 2001 to better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and repair damage caused by wildland fires. In fiscal years 2001 through 2003, Congress provided $4.9 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest...
Human Capital: Opportunities to Improve Executive Agencies' Hiring Processes
GAO-03-450: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
Improving the federal hiring process is critical, as the number of new hires is expected to increase substantially. Federal agencies are responsible for their hiring processes, but must generally comply with applicable Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rules and regulations. Congressional requesters asked GAO to identify federal hiring obstacles, provide examples of innovative hiring practices,...
Department of Agriculture: Status of Efforts to Address Major Financial Management Challenges
GAO-03-871T: Published: Jun 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2003.
In January, we issued our Performance and Accountability Series on management challenges and program risks at major agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report for USDA focused on a number of major management challenges, including enhancing financial management, and continued the high risk designation for Forest Service financial management. For many years, USDA strug...
Forest Service: Year-end Financial Reporting Significantly Improved, but Certain Underlying Problems Remain
GAO-03-538: Published: May 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2003.
Since 1996, we have periodically reported on Forest Service financial management problems that we, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Inspector General, and other independent auditors have identified. We have designated the Forest Service financial management as a high-risk area since 1999. Because of these longstanding financial management deficiencies, the House Committee...
Recreation Fees: Information on Forest Service Management of Revenue from the Fee Demonstration Program
GAO-03-470: Published: Apr 25, 2003. Publicly Released: May 19, 2003.
Since 1996, federal land management agencies have collected over $900 million in recreation fees from the public under an experimental initiative called the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program. Under the trial program, the Congress authorized the four federal land management agencies, including the Forest Service, to charge fees to visitors and to retain the revenues for use in addition to othe...
Wildland Fires: Better Information Needed on Effectiveness of Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Treatments
GAO-03-430: Published: Apr 4, 2003. Publicly Released: May 7, 2003.
Wildfires burn millions of acres annually. Most burnt land can recover naturally, but a small percentage needs short-term emergency treatment to stabilize burnt land that threatens public safety, property, or ecosystems or longer-term treatments to rehabilitate land unlikely to recover naturally. The Department of the Interior (Interior) and the Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service-...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Agriculture
GAO-03-96: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
In its 2001 performance and accountability report on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), GAO identified important security, modernization, food safety, food assistance, and other issues facing the department. The information GAO presents in this report is intended to help to sustain congressional attention and departmental focus on continuing to make progress in addressing these challenges...
Results-Oriented Management: Agency Crosscutting Actions and Plans in Border Control, Flood Mitigation and Insurance, Wetlands, and Wildland Fire Management
GAO-03-321: Published: Dec 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2002.
GAO's work has repeatedly shown that mission fragmentation and program overlap are widespread in the federal government. Implementation of federal crosscutting programs is often characterized by numerous individual agency efforts that are implemented with little apparent regard for the presence and efforts of related activities. GAO has in the past offered possible approaches for managing crosscut...
Columbia River Basin Salmon and Steelhead: Federal Agencies' Recovery Responsibilities, Expenditures and Actions
GAO-02-612: Published: Jul 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2002.
Before 1850, an estimated 16 million salmon and steelhead returned to the Columbia River Basin annually to spawn. Over the past 25 years, the number of salmon and steelhead returning to the Columbia River Basin has averaged only 660,000 per year although annual population levels have varied widely. Factors such as over-harvesting, construction and operation of dams, degradation of spawning habitat...