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American Samoa: Issues Associated with Potential Changes to the Current System for Adjudicating Matters of Federal Law
GAO-08-655: Published: Jun 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2008.
American Samoa is the only populated U.S. insular area that does not have a federal court. Congress has granted the local High Court federal jurisdiction for certain federal matters, such as specific areas of maritime law. GAO was asked to conduct a study of American Samoa's system for addressing matters of federal law. Specifically, this report discusses: (1) the current system for adjudicating m...
Compact of Free Association: Micronesia Faces Challenges to Achieving Compact Goals
GAO-08-859T: Published: Jun 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2008.
From 1987 through 2003, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) received more than $1.5 billion in economic assistance under the original Compact of Free Association with the United States. In 2003, the U.S. government approved an amended compact with the FSM that provides an additional $2.3 billion from 2004 through 2023. The Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is respon...
Compact of Free Association: Palau's Use of and Accountability for U.S. Assistance and Prospects for Economic Self-Sufficiency
GAO-08-732: Published: Jun 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2008.
The Compact of Free Association between the Republic of Palau and the United States entered into force on October 1, 1994, with the U.S. interest of promoting Palau's self-sufficiency and economic advancement. The compact and its related subsidiary agreements provide for a 15-year term of economic assistance. In fiscal year 2009, the two governments must review the terms of the compact and related...
Legal Services Corporation: Improvements Needed in Governance, Accountability, and Grants Management and Oversight
GAO-08-833T: Published: May 22, 2008. Publicly Released: May 22, 2008.
This testimony discuss GAO's recent reviews of Legal Services Corporation's (LSC) governance, accountability and grants management practices. LSC's mission is to make federal funding available to provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income people throughout the United States on everyday legal problems. LSC pursues this mission by providing financial assistance, mostly through grants to...
Residential Facilities: Surveys of State Child Welfare, Health and Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice Directors (GAO-08-631SP, May 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-346
GAO-08-631SP: Published: May 13, 2008. Publicly Released: May 13, 2008.
This is an E-Supplement to GAO-08-346, which was released on May 13, 2008. This product lists the questions asked and the summary results from three GAO surveys of state child welfare or protective service, health and mental health, and juvenile justice and rehabilitation agency directors. The Web-based surveys asked questions about the extent to which state agencies licensed and monitored residen...
Defense Logistics: Navy Needs to Develop and Implement a Plan to Ensure That Voyage Repairs Are Available to Ships Operating near Guam when Needed
GAO-08-427: Published: May 12, 2008. Publicly Released: May 12, 2008.
Unscheduled ship maintenance, known as voyage repairs, is a high priority for the U.S. Navy. Such repairs are sometimes beyond the capability of the ship's crew to perform; cannot be deferred; and must be made at a remote location. After the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended closing the former Naval Ship Repair Facility, Guam, the Navy leased the property at that facility to...
Defense Infrastructure: Planning Efforts for the Proposed Military Buildup on Guam Are in Their Initial Stages, with Many Challenges Yet to Be Addressed
GAO-08-722T: Published: May 1, 2008. Publicly Released: May 1, 2008.
To reduce the burden of the U.S. military presence on Japanese communities while maintaining a continuing presence of U.S. forces in the region, in 2005 and 2006 the U.S.-Japan Defense Policy Review Initiative outlined the effort to relocate American military units in Japan to other areas, including Guam. The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to move 8,000 Marines and an estimated 9,000 dependents...
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Pending Legislation Would Apply U.S. Immigration Law to the CNMI with a Transition Period
GAO-08-466: Published: Mar 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2008.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is subject to most U.S. laws but, under the terms of its 1976 covenant with the United States, administers its own immigration system. It has applied this flexibility to admit substantial numbers of foreign workers, in addition to admitting tourists and foreign investors. The covenant grants Congress the right to apply federal immigration law...
Compact of Free Association: Implementation Activities Have Progressed, but the Marshall Islands Faces Challenges to Achieving Long-Term Compact Goals
GAO-07-1258T: Published: Sep 25, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2007.
In 2003, the U.S. government extended its economic assistance to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) through an Amended Compact of Free Association. From 2004 to 2023, the United States will provide an estimated $1.5 billion to the RMI, with annually decreasing grants as well as increasing contributions to a trust fund. The assistance, targeting six sectors, is aimed at assisting the countr...
Defense Infrastructure: Overseas Master Plans Are Improving, but DOD Needs to Provide Congress Additional Information about the Military Buildup on Guam
GAO-07-1015: Published: Sep 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2007.
Over the next several years, implementation of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy will result in the realignment of U.S. forces and the construction of new facilities costing billions of dollars at installations overseas. The Senate and House reports accompanying the fiscal year 2004 military construction appropriation bill directed GAO to monitor DOD'...