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Managing for Results: Emerging Benefits From Selected Agencies' Use of Performance Agreements
GAO-01-115: Published: Oct 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2000.
The Veterans Health Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Student Financial Assistance have begun to use results- oriented performance agreements to align agency expectations with organizational goals. Each agency developed and implemented agreements that reflected their specific organizational priorities, structures, and cultures. GAO identified the following five co...
Hazardous Materials Training: DOT and Private Sector Initiatives Generally Complement Each Other
RCED-00-190: Published: Jul 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Transportation (DOT) and private sector initiatives on hazardous materials training, focusing on: (1) the funding sources and expenditures for the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants program; (2) whether the HMEP program and private sector efforts duplicate each other; and (3) whether the private sector's training...
Information Security: Software Change Controls at the Department of Transportation
AIMD-00-193R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed software change controls at the Department of Transportation (DOT), focusing on: (1) whether key controls as described in agency policies and procedures regarding software change authorization, testing, and approval complied with federal guidance; and (2) the extent to which agencies contracted for year 2000 remediation of mission-critical systems...
Pipeline Safety: The Office of Pipeline Safety Is Changing How It Oversees the Pipeline Industry
RCED-00-128: Published: May 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation Office of Pipeline Safety's (OPS) performance in regulating pipeline safety, focusing on: (1) the extent of major pipeline accidents from 1989 through 1998; (2) OPS' implementation of the 1996 Accountable Pipeline Safety and Partnership Act's risk management demonstration program; (3) OPS' inspection and enforcement...
Urban Transportation: Challenges to Widespread Deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems
RCED-97-74: Published: Feb 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, focusing on: (1) how DOT has changed the focus of the ITS program since Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA); (2) progress in deploying integrated ITS and the key factors affecting deployment, including the status of th...
Natural Gas Pipelines: Greater Use of Instrumented Inspection Technology Can Improve Safety
RCED-92-237: Published: Sep 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1992.
GAO provided information on the inspection techniques available to determine and maintain the structural integrity, safety, and condition of natural gas transmission pipelines, focusing on: (1) the use, capabilities, limitations, and costs of instrumented inspection technology, commonly referred to as smart pigs; (2) federal smart pig inspection regulations and guidelines; and (3) the Department o...
Railroad Safety: Accident Trends and FRA Safety Programs
T-RCED-92-23: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1992.
GAO discussed railroad safety, focusing on: (1) four bills to prevent railroad accidents; and (2) railroad accident trends over the past 10 years. GAO noted that: (1) although the number of reportable rail accidents has decreased by about two-thirds from the 1980 high of 8,451, accidents increased from 2,647 in 1987 to 3,045 in 1990; (2) the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) enforcement prog...
Hazardous Materials: 1990 Transportation Uniform Safety Act--Status of DOT Implementing Actions
RCED-92-55BR: Published: Nov 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) implementation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 (HMTUSA).GAO found that: (1) action to implement HMTUSA is either in process or planned for all sections except one that has been completed; (2) DOT officials stated that they lacked sufficient fu...
Budget Issues: RSPA Funding for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991
RCED-91-164BR: Published: Jun 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided budgeting and funding information for fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1991 for the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), documenting: (1) the variances between RSPA budget estimates as modified by Congress and set out in conference reports; and (2) obligations and allotments for RSPA research and special p...
Pollution From Pipelines: DOT Lacks Prevention Program and Information for Timely Response
RCED-91-60: Published: Jan 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined federal efforts to prevent and respond to water pollution from petroleum pipeline spills.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Transportation (DOT) did not establish a program to prevent water pollution caused by pipeline spills; (2) DOT delegated the responsibility for preventing water pollution from transportation and pipeline activities to the C...