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Propane and Heating Oil: Federal Oversight of the Propane Education and Research Council and National Oilheat Research Alliance Should Be Strengthened
GAO-10-981T: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2010.
This testimony discusses highlights of our report on the extent to which the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) implement consumer education, research and development, and safety and training programs related to the use of propane and heating oil. Tens of millions of Americans rely on propane and heating oil for heat, hot water and--in the c...
Animal Welfare: USDA's Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats Would Benefit from Additional Management Information and Analysis
GAO-10-945: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
For decades, the public has been concerned that lost or stolen dogs and cats could be used in research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for the licensing and oversight of dealers who provide animals for research. Random source Class B dealers--who generally obtain dogs and cats for research from individuals, pounds, and...
Joint Strike Fighter: Assessment of DOD's Funding Projection for the F136 Alternate Engine
GAO-10-1020R: Published: Sep 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2010.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program began in 1996 with an acquisition strategy that called for a competitive engine acquisition program. The program planned to first develop and procure the F135 primary engine and, with a few years lag time, develop the F136 second (or alternate) engine to compete with the F135 engine for future procurements and life-cycle support activities. The Department of...
University Research: Policies for the Reimbursement of Indirect Costs Need to Be Updated
GAO-10-937: Published: Sep 8, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2010.
In fiscal year 2007, the majority of the Department of Defense's (DOD) basic research obligations were provided to higher education institutions. DOD reimburses these institutions for both direct and indirect costs for research. Two federal agencies, DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), negotiate indirect cost rates used to reimburse higher education institutions for indirect...
State and Local Governments: Fiscal Pressures Could Have Implications for Future Delivery of Intergovernmental Programs
GAO-10-899: Published: Jul 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2010.
State and local governments work in partnership with the federal government to implement numerous intergovernmental programs. Fiscal pressures for state and local governments may exist when spending is expected to outpace revenues for the long term. GAO was asked to examine (1) the long-term fiscal pressures facing state and local governments and historical spending and revenue trends, (2) spendin...
Overseas Contingency Operations: Comparison of the Department of Defense's Overseas Contingency Operations Funding Requests for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
GAO-10-889R: Published: Jul 6, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2010.
Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been engaged in domestic and overseas military operations in support of overseas contingency operations (OCO). These operations include Operation Iraqi Freedom, which focuses principally on Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom, which focuses principally on Afghanistan, but also include operations in the Horn of Af...
Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Follow Through on Plans to Reassess and Better Manage Key Technology Program
GAO-10-840T: Published: Jun 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2010.
The Secure Border Initiative (SBI) is intended to help secure the 6,000 miles of international borders that the contiguous United States shares with Canada and Mexico. The program, which began in November 2005, seeks to enhance border security and reduce illegal immigration by improving surveillance technologies, raising staffing levels, increasing domestic enforcement of immigration laws, and imp...
Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Reconsider Its Proposed Investment in Key Technology Program
GAO-10-340: Published: May 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2010.
The technology component of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Secure Border Initiative (SBI), referred to as SBInet, is to put observing systems along our nation's borders and provide Border Patrol command centers with the imagery and related tools and information needed in deciding whether to deploy agents. SBInet is being acquired and deployed in incremental blocks of capability, with...
Selected Federal Agencies' Policies for Choosing Conference Locations
GAO-10-677R: Published: Jun 10, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2010.
Press accounts in 2009 indicated that some federal agencies had issued directives to their staff discouraging them from choosing certain locations for conferences. This was because of the perception by some that the locations were resort areas and would not be the best use of taxpayers' money. Noting that government travel for meetings, conferences, and seminars is an important source of economic...
Questions for the Record Related to Military Compensation
GAO-10-803R: Published: Jun 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2010.
GAO testified before a Congressional subcommittee on April 28, 2010, to discuss current issues related to military compensation. This letter responds questions for the record from the hearing. (1) Is the ECI an appropriate index to use to adjust military basic pay rates annually? If not, is there a benchmark that is more appropriate? (2) Please explain what the impact on the Defense budget would b...