Department of Justice, Executive (51 - 60 of 373 items)
ACORN: Federal Funding and Monitoring [Reissued on June 17, 2011]
GAO-11-484: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2011.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was established in 1970 to advocate for low-income families. Allegations of voter registration fraud and videotapes of questionable behavior by ACORN employees raised concerns about ACORN, and Congress passed fiscal year 2010 laws prohibiting federal funds from being awarded to ACORN and ACORN related organizations. GAO was asked to...
Indian Arts and Crafts: Size of Market and Extent of Misrepresentation Are Unknown
GAO-11-432: Published: Apr 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2011.
In 1935 the Indian Arts and Crafts Act was enacted, establishing the Indian Arts and Crafts Board as an entity within the Department of the Interior. A priority of the Board is to implement and enforce the act's provisions to prevent misrepresentation of unauthentic goods as genuine Indian arts and crafts. As the market for Indian arts and crafts grew and the problem of misrepresentation persisted...
Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests, and Costs
GAO-11-187: Published: Mar 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2011.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimated that as of fiscal year 2009 the total alien--non-U.S.-citizen--population was about 25.3 million, including about 10.8 million aliens without lawful immigration status. Some aliens have been convicted and incarcerated (criminal aliens). The federal government bears these incarceration costs for federal prisons and reimburses states and localities...
2010 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists' Compliance with Disclosure Requirements
GAO-11-452: Published: Apr 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2011.
The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 requires that GAO annually (1) determine the extent to which lobbyists can demonstrate compliance with disclosure requirements, (2) identify any challenges that lobbyists report to compliance, and (3) describe the resources and authorities available to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (the Office), and the efforts the Off...
Indian Country Criminal Justice: Departments of the Interior and Justice Should Strengthen Coordination to Support Tribal Courts
GAO-11-252: Published: Feb 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2011.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports from the latest available data that from 1992 to 2001 American Indians experienced violent crimes at more than twice the national rate. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and DOJ provide support to federally recognized tribes to address tribal justice issues. Upon request, GAO analyzed (1) the challenges facing tribes in adjudicating Indian country crimes...
Illicit Tobacco: Various Schemes Are Used to Evade Taxes and Fees
GAO-11-313: Published: Mar 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2011.
Federal and state governments have raised excise taxes on tobacco products to discourage tobacco use and increase revenues. Cross-border and illicit trade in tobacco products can undermine these policy objectives by avoiding excise taxes and increasing the availability of these products to consumers at lower cost. On June 22, 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control...
Inspectors General: Continued Actions Needed to Strengthen IG Oversight of the United States International Trade Commission
GAO-11-5: Published: Oct 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2010.
Inspectors general (IG) are to provide independent and objective oversight; however, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has relied on acting and temporary IGs for an extended period of time. GAO was asked to determine (1) the extent of oversight provided by the USITC IG, (2) the budget and staffing resources available for oversight, and (3) how the role of the IG is addressed...
Servicemember Reemployment: Agencies Are Generally Timely in Processing Redress Complaints, but Improvements Needed in Maintaining Data and Reporting
GAO-11-55: Published: Oct 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2010.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) protects the employment and reemployment rights of individuals who leave their employment to perform uniformed service. Concerned with the timeliness of USERRA complaint processing and data reliability of agency reports, Congress imposed timeliness requirements for the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Justice (D...
Intellectual Property: Agencies Progress in Implementing Recent Legislation, but Enhancements Could Improve Future Plans
GAO-11-39: Published: Oct 13, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2010.
Intellectual property (IP) plays a significant role in the U.S. economy. Enforcing IP laws involves many U.S. agencies, making coordination essential. Under the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP Act), Congress required the U.S. Attorney General, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), to devote additional resources and undertake other specific I...
Federal Contracting: Assessments and Citations of Federal Labor Law Violations by Selected Federal Contractors
GAO-10-1033: Published: Sep 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2010.
In fiscal year 2009, the federal government obligated over $500 billion on government contracts. Some in Congress are concerned that private companies may be awarded federal contracts even though they had been cited for violating federal laws that are meant to ensure that employees receive proper wages, have the right to bargain collectively, and are not subject to work-site hazards. GAO was asked...