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Emergency Preparedness: Results of Survey on State and Local Emergency Alert and Notification Capabilities (GAO-09-880SP, September 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-834
GAO-09-880SP: Published: Sep 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2009.
This is a supplemtary report to GAO-09-834. It presents selected results of GAO's Web-based survey of emergency management directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We conducted this survey to collect information on state and local alert capabilities, including the extent of compatibility standards usage; state and local participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FE...
Climate Change Policy: Preliminary Observations on Options for Distributing Emissions Allowances and Revenue under a Cap-and-Trade Program
GAO-09-950T: Published: Aug 4, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2009.
Congress is considering proposals to establish a price on greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program that would limit overall emissions and require covered entities to hold tradable emissions permits, or allowances, for their emissions. The purpose of such a program is to raise the cost of activities that produce emissions and thereby provide an economic incentive to decrease emissio...
Energy Markets: Refinery Outages Can Have Varying Gasoline Price Impacts, but Gaps in Federal Data Limit Understanding of Impacts
GAO-09-700: Published: Jul 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2009.
In 2008, GAO reported that, with the exception of the period following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, refinery outages in the United States did not show discernible trends in reduced production capacity, frequency, and location from 2002 through 2007. Some outages are planned to perform routine maintenance or upgrades, while unplanned outages occur as a result of equipment failure or other unforesee...
Characteristics and Performance of Nonprime Mortgages
GAO-09-848R: Published: Jul 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2009.
During the first part of this decade, the number of mortgage originations grew rapidly, particularly in the nonprime segment of the mortgage market, which includes subprime and Alt-A loans. In dollar terms, nonprime loans accounted for an increasing share of the overall mortgage market, rising from 12 percent in 2000 to 34 percent in 2006. Over this period, the dollar volume of nonprime mortgages...
Home Mortgages: Recent Performance of Nonprime Loans Highlights the Potential for Additional Foreclosures
GAO-09-922T: Published: Jul 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2009.
This testimony discusses the performance of the nonprime mortgage market as of March 31, 2009, which includes subprime and Alt-A loans. Nonprime loans accounted for an increasing share of the overall mortgage market from 2000 through 2006, rising from 12 percent to 34 percent. Over this period, the dollar volume of nonprime mortgages originated annually climbed from $100 billion to $600 billion in...
Senate Preservation Fund: Key Transaction-Related Operating Practices Have Been Established but Additional Practices Are Needed
GAO-09-89R: Published: Jul 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2009.
In September 2003, the Senate Preservation Fund (Fund) was established within the U.S. Treasury. The Fund is available to the Senate Commission on Art (Commission) to fund various activities related to works of art, historical objects, documents, and materials relating to historical matters, or exhibits in the Capitol and Senate Office buildings. The Library of Congress (Library) provides financia...
Capitol Visitor Center: Construction Expected to Be Completed within Current Budget Estimate
GAO-09-925T: Published: Jul 23, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2009.
This testimony focuses on (1) the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) construction progress since the last Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) hearing on September 24, 2008, and (2) the project's expected cost at completion and funding status. Today's remarks are based on our review of schedules and financial reports for the CVC project and related records maintained by AOC and its construction management c...
Recovery Act: The Department of Transportation Followed Key Federal Requirements in Developing Selection Criteria for Its Supplemental Discretionary Grants Program
GAO-09-785R: Published: Jun 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2009.
The Recovery Act established relatively few requirements for the design of the TIGER grant program. In addition to the requirements outlined in the opening paragraph of this report, the act requires that the department (1) award grants of no less than $20 million and no more than $300 million with no more than $300 million awarded for projects in any one state; (2) give priority to projects that a...
Federal Tort Claims Act: Information Related to Implications of Extending Coverage to Volunteers at HRSA-Funded Health Centers
GAO-09-693R: Published: Jun 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2009.
The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) was enacted in 1946 and permits individuals injured by the wrongful or negligent acts or omissions of federal employees, including medical malpractice, to seek and receive compensation from the federal government through an administrative process and, ultimately, through the federal courts. The FTCA, with few exceptions, provides the exclusive means by which indi...
Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007
GAO-09-409: Published: May 29, 2009. Publicly Released: May 29, 2009.
This report discusses audits of the financial statements of the U.S. Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund (the Fund) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2008, and 2007. Specifically, we contracted with the independent public accounting firm of Clifton Gunderson LLP. The contract required that the audit be conducted in accordance with U.S. generally accepted government auditing standards and the...