Puerto Rico (81 - 90 of 116 items)
Puerto Rico: Commonwealth Election Law and Its Application to a Political Status Referendum
HRD-90-60: Published: May 2, 1990. Publicly Released: May 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Puerto Rico's electoral law and proposed status referendum.GAO found that Puerto Rico's electoral law: (1) and election process was basically sound; (2) incorporated a number of safeguards and controls to protect the integrity of election results, including principal political party representation at all levels of the election process and stringent...
Puerto Rico: Information for Status Deliberations
HRD-90-70BR: Published: Mar 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided background information on Puerto Rico in preparation for congressional hearings on the islands' future political status.GAO summarized information provided in a briefing on Puerto Rico's: (1) history and culture; (2) relationship with the federal government; and (3) governmental structure, economy, and socioeconomic conditions. GAO also examined se...
The 51st State?
142374: Jan 1, 1990
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 10, Fall 1990, discusses Puerto Rico's future political status, focusing on: (1) Puerto Rico's three options of commonwealth, statehood, or total independence for political autonomy; (2) international pressures for changes to Puerto Rico's political status; (3) the benefits and economic costs of independence for the United States; and (4) the en...
Puerto Rico: Background Information on Applicable Federal Legislation, Its Governmental Structure, and Its Finances
T-HRD-90-7: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
GAO discussed Puerto Rico's relationship with the federal government, focusing on social programs and tax laws, and Puerto Rico's government structure compared to the 50 states, as a background for political status deliberations. GAO noted that: (1) federal spending totals about 30 percent of Puerto Rico's gross national product; (2) islanders and U.S. corporations conducting business in Puerto Ri...
Puerto Rico: Update of Selected Information Contained in a 1981 GAO Report
HRD-89-104FS: Published: Aug 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated certain information from an earlier GAO report on the political status of Puerto Rico, focusing on: (1) government finances; (2) socioeconomic conditions; (3) federal legislation and court cases pertaining to Puerto Rico; and (4) a bibliography of documents relating to Puerto Rican politics and other local self-determination processes.GAO found that...
Welfare and Taxes: Extending Benefits and Taxes to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa
HRD-87-60: Published: Sep 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the potential effects of fully extending Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Medicaid, foster care, Child Support Enforcement, and Food Stamp benefits, and federal income taxes, to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.GAO found that: (1) federal costs would increase due to higher...
Drinking-Age Laws: An Evaluation Synthesis of Their Impact on Highway Safety
PEMD-87-10: Published: Mar 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) examined empirical research regarding the effect that changes in the legal drinking age have had on traffic accidents, alcohol consumption, driving after drinking, and related concerns for youth younger than the minimum drinking age; and (2) determined the extent to which these evaluations provide empirical support for federal and state policy initi...
[Request for Reconsideration of Sequestration Determination]
B-221498: Published: Mar 27, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reconsidered its determination that the Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Collections for Puerto Rico account was subject to sequestration under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. GAO found that: (1) the account constitutes a receipt account for excise taxes collected under the internal revenue laws of the United States on...
[Request for Reconsideration of Determination Concerning Funds Sequestration Under P.L. 99-177]
B-221498.16: Published: Feb 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reconsidered its determination that two Department of the Treasury accounts are subject to sequestration under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. The two accounts are receipt accounts for: (1) customs taxes collected in Puerto Rico; and (2) excise taxes on goods produced in Puerto Rico for domestic consumption. The funds are permanent in...
Federal Government's Progress in Implementing a National Archeological and Historic Preservation Program
RCED-84-114: Published: May 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided followup information concerning: (1) federal agencies' actions to protect and preserve archeological and historic sites on federal lands in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980; (2) federal agencies' actions to implement prior GAO recommendations in this area; and (3) the status of the Department of the Inter...