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U.S. Border Communities: Ongoing DOT Efforts Could Help Address Impacts of International Freight Rail
GAO-16-274: Published: Jan 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2016.
Factors such as inspections and crew changes affect freight rail movements in the four U.S. border port of entry (POE) communities GAO visited, which can result in blocked highway-rail grade crossings. Federal agencies and others have taken actions to expedite rail in these communities. As part of its mission to safeguard the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) scans inbound rail cars...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Agency Faces Challenges in Responding to New Product Risks
GAO-13-150: Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has broad authority to identify, assess, and address product risks, but faces some challenges in identifying and responding to new risks in a timely manner. CPSC uses various means to stay informed about risks that may be associated with new or existing products. These methods include (1) market surveillance activities for imported products, retail sto...
Religious Compensatory Time: Office of Personnel Management Action Needed to Clarify Policies for Agencies
GAO-13-96: Published: Oct 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2012.
All seven of the agencies in GAO's review--U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Transportation Security Administration--have written policies supporting an employee's ability to earn and use compensatory time off for r...
Consumer Safety: Better Information and Planning Would Strengthen CPSC's Oversight of Imported Products
GAO-09-803: Published: Aug 14, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2009.
The growing volume of consumer products imported into the United States has strained the resources of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), challenging the agency to find new ways to ensure the safety of these products. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) mandated that GAO assess the effectiveness of CPSC's authorities over imported products. GAO's objectives were to (1) d...
Kennedy Center: Progress Made on GAO Recommendations, but Oversight Challenges Still Exist
GAO-06-1025: Published: Sep 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2006.
In April 2005, GAO recommended that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center) increase oversight of its management of federal funds, better comply with fire code, and conform to project management best practices. GAO was asked to evaluate (1) the progress the Kennedy Center has made in implementing GAO's April 2005 recommendations, (2) the status of federally funded capit...
Customs Service Modernization: Automated Commercial Environment Progressing, but Further Acquisition Management Improvements Needed
GAO-03-406: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2003.
The U.S. Customs Service is conducting a multiyear, multibillion dollar project, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), a new trade processing system that is planned to support effective and efficient movement of goods into the United States. By congressional mandate, Customs' expenditure plans for ACE must meet certain conditions, including being reviewed by GAO. This study addresses whether...
Customs Service: Process for Estimating and Allocating Inspectional Personnel
GGD-98-107: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Custom Service's drug enforcement operations, focusing on: (1) how Customs assesses its needs for inspectional personnel and allocates such resources to commercial cargo ports of entry; (2) whether Customs received all the additional inspectional personnel its assessments indicated it needed and, if not, why it did not recei...
Fire-Safe Accommodations: Information on Federal Agencies' Compliance With P.L. 101-391 Lodging Requirements
GGD-96-135: Published: Jul 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed federal agencies' compliance with the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990's requirement that civilian federal employees on official travel stay in approved accommodations 65 percent of the time.GAO found that: (1) 76 federal departments and agencies responded to GAO information requests regarding their compliance with the act's approved accom...
Sunday Premium Pay: Millions of Dollars in Sunday Premium Pay Are Paid to Employees on Leave
GGD-95-144: Published: May 19, 1995. Publicly Released: May 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed federal agencies' payment of premium pay to employees on leave, focusing on: (1) the agencies that paid the most Sunday premium pay; (2) the total amounts of Sunday premium pay paid to employees on leave; (3) whether employees at selected agencies increased their leave usage after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued premium pay guidan...
Federal Statistics: Merchandise Trade Statistics--Some Observations
OCE-89-1BR: Published: Apr 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1989.
GAO analyzed the nation's foreign trade statistics system, focusing on: (1) the timeliness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of merchandise trade statistics; (2) possible shortcomings in the trade statistics collection and reporting system; and (3) possible areas of improvement.GAO found that: (1) variations in processing lags from month to month, from port to port, and between exports and imports...