Council on Environmental Quality (1 - 10 of 17 items)
Federal Supply Chains: Opportunities to Improve the Management of Climate-Related Risks
GAO-16-32: Published: Oct 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2015.
Selected federal agencies have identified climate-related risks to their critical supply chains to varying degrees—including not at all—based on GAO's analysis of survey responses and adaptation plans from 24 selected agencies. According to GAO's analysis of these plans, 12 included information on agency-specific risks, 6 acknowledged general risks, and 6 did not mention risks. In survey respo...
National Environmental Policy Act: Little Information Exists on NEPA Analyses
GAO-14-370: Published: Apr 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2014.
Governmentwide data on the number and type of most National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses are not readily available, as data collection efforts vary by agency. NEPA generally requires federal agencies to evaluate the potential environmental effects of actions they propose to carry out, fund, or approve (e.g., by permit) by preparing analyses of different comprehensiveness depending on t...
Electronic Waste: Actions Needed to Provide Assurance That Used Federal Electronics Are Disposed of in an Environmentally Responsible Manner
GAO-12-74: Published: Feb 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2012.
Over the past decade, the executive branch has taken steps to improve the management of used federal electronics. Notably, in 2003, EPA helped to pilot the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC)a voluntary partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to purchase environmentally friendly electronic products, reduce the impacts of these products during their use, and manage...
Natural Resource Management: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Participation in Collaborative Efforts to Reduce Conflicts and Improve Natural Resource Conditions
GAO-08-262: Published: Feb 12, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2008.
Conflict over the use of our nation's natural resources, along with increased ecological problems, has led land managers to seek cooperative means to resolve natural resource conflicts and problems. Collaborative resource management is one such approach that communities began using in the 1980s and 1990s. A 2004 Executive Order on Cooperative Conservation encourages such efforts. GAO was asked to...
Environmental Indicators: Better Coordination Is Needed to Develop Environmental Indicator Sets That Inform Decisions
GAO-05-52: Published: Nov 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2004.
Environmental indicator sets assemble quantitative measures of conditions and trends (known as indicators) to assess the state of the environment and natural resources and to gauge progress toward specific goals. Such sets are now being developed to bridge the gap between needed and available information and to prioritize further data collection. The widespread development and use of environmental...
Survey on Environmental Indicator Sets, an E-supplement to GAO-05-52
GAO-05-56SP: Published: Nov 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2004.
This document is a companion report to GAO-05-52, and presents the results of GAO's survey of developers and users of environmental indicator sets. The purpose of the survey was to gather information on environmental sets that have been developed and the perceptions of practitioners who develop and use environmental sets. We developed a web-based questionnaire to obtain this information and made i...
Airspace Use: FAA Needs to Improve Its Management of Special Use Airspace
RCED-88-147: Published: Aug 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) management of special-use airspace set aside for military training, focusing on its: (1) approval process for special-use proposals; and (2) monitoring of existing special-use airspace.GAO found that FAA: (1) lacked adequate data to effectively manage special-use airspace areas and did not require mil...
Implementation of the National Minerals and Materials Policy Needs Better Coordination and Focus
RCED-84-63: Published: Mar 20, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO monitored and reviewed the administration's implementation of the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act, which was passed to: (1) coordinate and implement a coherent national materials and minerals policy and program through the Executive Office of the President and the Cabinet; (2) promote an adequate and stable supply of...
Issues Concerning the National Materials Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, Public Law 96-479
121374: May 17, 1983
Testimony was given on issues concerning the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act. The act required the President to submit by October 1981 a program plan to include programmatic and budgetary proposals and organizational structures to provide for materials and minerals policy analysis and decisionmaking and interagency coordination at the Cabinet level. GAO found t...
Actions Needed To Promote a Stable Supply of Strategic and Critical Minerals and Materials
EMD-82-69: Published: Jun 3, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1982.
The National Materials and Minerals Policy and Development Act of 1980 was enacted to provide a national policy for minerals and materials and to strengthen related research and production capabilities. The Executive Office of the President is implementing this policy primarily through the Cabinet Council on Natural Resources and the Environment. GAO reviewed the strides that have been made in dev...