Department of Veterans Affairs, Executive (31 - 40 of 96 items)
Homelessness: McKinney Act Programs Provide Assistance but Are Not Designed to Be the Solution
RCED-94-37: Published: May 31, 1994. Publicly Released: May 31, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in selected cities, focusing on: (1) how the act has affected the cities' efforts to assist the homeless; and (2) the problems the cities have experienced with McKinney Act programs.GAO found that: (1) McKinney Act programs are an important source of funds for improving emergency service...
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: Handling of Suspect Lead in Langley/CIA Headquarters Shooting Incident
OSI-94-11: Published: Apr 26, 1994. Publicly Released: May 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated allegations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) mishandled important information concerning a suspected gunman in the January 25, 1993 shooting outside the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia.GAO found that: (1) BATF agents joined the investigative task force on January 26, 1993, and on Janua...
Distressed Public Housing
AIMD-94-78R: Published: May 10, 1994. Publicly Released: May 10, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing's financial transactions. GAO noted that: (1) the Commission disbursed about $2 million for contracts, travel, payroll, and miscellaneous transactions during its existence; (2) although the Commission did not always adhere to proper administrative procedures, its disbursements appeared...
Air Pollution: Regional Approaches Are Needed to Protect Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas
T-RCED-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
GAO discussed federal and state efforts to address the visibility problems caused by air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. GAO noted that: (1) efforts to control air pollution from individual sources near park and wilderness areas have had only a limited impact and are costly and difficult to implement; (2) some pollution sources are exempt from program requirements either because...
Flood Insurance: Financial Resources May Not Be Sufficient to Meet Future Expected Losses
RCED-94-80: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the financial condition of the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on the: (1) actuarial soundness of the program; (2) potential financial impacts of increasing subsidized flood insurance rates and enhancing program participation; and (3) procedures used to set flood insurance rates.GAO found that: (1) the flood insurance program is not actu...
Housing Finance: Characteristics of Borrowers of FHA-Insured Mortgages
RCED-94-135BR: Published: Apr 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on changes in the: (1) income, age, and race of borrowers of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgages; and (2) location of their homes.GAO found that: (1) 24 percent of FHA-insured mortgages originated in 1991 went to low-income families, and 41 percent of FHA-insured loans originated in 1991 went to moderate-income fami...
Government National Mortgage Association: Greater Staffing Flexibility Needed to Improve Management
RCED-93-100: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Government National Mortgage Association's (GNMA) activities, focusing on: (1) its mission objectives; and (2) recent management and issuer oversight problems and solutions.GAO found that: (1) although the GNMA mission of financing low- and moderate-income housing has essentially remained the same, GNMA activities have significan...
Pipeline Safety: Use of Instrumented Technology to Inspect Pipelines
T-RCED-93-41: Published: May 18, 1993. Publicly Released: May 18, 1993.
GAO discussed pipeline safety, focusing on: (1) the uses and limitations of instrumented internal inspection devices in improving pipeline safely; and (2) actions taken pursuant to the Reston, Virginia, pipeline incident. GAO noted that: (1) although internal inspection devices are the only pipeline inspection techniques that are able to detect internal and external corrosion without physical pipe...
Drinking Water: Key Quality Assurance Program Is Flawed and Underfunded
RCED-93-97: Published: Apr 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state routine inspections of public water systems to determine: (1) whether sanitary surveys are comprehensive enough to determine if public water systems can provide good-quality drinking water; and (2) what the surveys revealed about the operations and condition of water systems nationwide.GAO found that: (1) many states did not adequately conduc...
Goddard Space Flight Center: Decision to Contract for Plant Operations and Maintenance
NSIAD-93-92: Published: Jan 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Goddard Space Flight Center's decision to contract out the operations and maintenance of its plant facilities.GAO found that: (1) converting all positions to contract would be less costly than reverting to all civil service staffing or continuing the current mixed civil service and contractor staffing; (2) Goddard officials expect the costs of...