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Internet Gambling: An Overview of the Issues
GAO-03-89: Published: Dec 2, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2002.
Internet gambling is a fast-growing industry with estimated 2003 revenues of more than $4 billion. However, concerns have been raised about its social and economic impacts. In light of recent recommendations by a Congressionally appointed commission, which advocated restricting Internet gambling within the United States, GAO was asked to examine the U.S. payments system, particularly credit cards,...
Telecommunications: Issues in Providing Cable and Satellite Television Services
GAO-03-130: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television service has grown to become the principal competitor to cable television systems. In October 2001, the two primary DBS companies, EchoStar and DirecTV, proposed a merger plan that is pending before the Department of Justice and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it had declined to approve. GAO was asked to examine se...
Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the National Conference on Citizenship for Fiscal Years 2001 and 2000
GAO-02-1111R: Published: Sep 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2002.
GAO reviewed the audit report covering the financial statements of the National Conference on Citizenship, for fiscal years 2001 and 2002. GAO found no reportable instances of noncompliance. The audit report included the auditors' opinions that the financial statements of the corporation were presented fairly in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles...
Inspectors General: Comparison of Ways Law Enforcement Authority Is Granted
GAO-02-437: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2002.
At federal offices of inspectors general (IG), criminal investigators can make warrantless arrests, obtain and execute search warrants, and carry firearms. Because IGs lack permanent statutory law enforcement authority, most presidentially appointed IGs have to request temporary deputation from the Department of Justice (DOJ). However, presidentially appointed IGs at the U.S. Department of Agricul...
Medicare Fraud and Abuse: DOJ Continues to Promote Compliance with False Claims Act Guidance
GAO-02-546: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered more than $1.2 billion in health care fraud cases in fiscal year 2001. The False Claims Act bolstered DOJ's recoveries and enabled the government to seek damages and penalties against providers who knowingly submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare, Medicaid, or other government programs. In the late 1990s, industry representatives voiced concerns that DOJ...
Personnel Practices: Career and Other Appointments of Former Political Appointees, October 1998-April 2001
GAO-02-326: Published: Feb 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2002.
Political appointees in the federal government sometimes seek appointments to career positions, which do not end with an administration. Although merit system principles require that selections be determined solely on the basis of merit after fair and open competition, questions have been raised about whether some individuals have received political favoritism or an unfair advantage, even the appe...
Identity Theft: Prevalence and Cost Appear to be Growing
GAO-02-363: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2002.
Identity theft involves "stealing" another person's personal identifying information, such as their Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, or mother's maiden name, and using that information to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, or take over existing financial accounts. Precise, statistical measurement of identity theft trends is difficult for several reasons. Federal law enforcemen...
Olympic Games: Costs to Plan and Stage the Games in the United States
GAO-02-140: Published: Nov 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2001.
Since 1980, the Winter and Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted in the United States have increased in size and magnitude, as have the total direct costs to plan and stage them. The reported direct costs to plan and stage the games discussed in this report ranged from $363 million to more than $2.4 billion. Although the total dollar amount of federal funding and support has increased, the to...
Voters With Disabilities: Access to Polling Places and Alternative Voting Methods
GAO-02-107: Published: Oct 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2001.
Federal law requires that disabled persons have access to polling places on election day. State political subdivisions must ensure that polling places used in federal elections are accessible. Exceptions are allowed if all potential polling places have been surveyed, no accessible place is available, and the political subdivision cannot make one temporarily accessible. In these cases, disabled vot...
Radiation Exposure Compensation: Analysis of Justice's Program Administration
GAO-01-1043: Published: Sep 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2001.
From 1945 through 1962, the United States conducted a series of aboveground atomic weapons tests. Many people exposed to radiation from this nuclear weapons testing program later developed serious diseases, including cancer. To begin the process of making partial restitution to these victims, the President signed into law the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in 1990. RECA established the...