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Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule: SEC's Actions and Stakeholder-Developed Initiatives
GAO-12-763: Published: Jul 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken some steps toward developing a conflict minerals disclosure rule, but it has not issued a final rule. For example, SEC published a proposed rule in December 2010 and has gathered and reviewed extensive input from external stakeholders through comment letters and meetings. SEC has also announced, on several occasions, new target dates for the p...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: A More Active Role in Voluntary Standards Development Should Be Considered
GAO-12-582: Published: May 21, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.
Although the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces compliance with mandatory federal safety standards, it is also required by law to rely on voluntary safety standards when it determines that the standard adequately addresses the product hazard and is likely to have substantial compliance. Voluntary standardsdeveloped by industry, consumer, and government participants through a...
Management Report: Opportunities for Improvement in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-12-528R: Published: May 21, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.
During our audit of CFPBs fiscal year 2011 financial statements, we identified seven internal control issues that could adversely affect CFPBs ability to meet its internal control objectives. We do not consider these issues to represent material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in relation to CFPBs financial statements. Nonetheless, we believe they warrant managements...
Death Services: 2011 Surveys of State Regulators (GAO-12-91SP, December 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-12-65
GAO-12-91SP: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-12-65. This document presents the results of GAO's 50-state surveys of state regulators of the death care industry. The surveys are similar to the surveys we conducted in 2003, and are designed to update information obtained in the earlier surveys...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Action Needed to Strengthen Identification of Potentially Unsafe Products
GAO-12-30: Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.
In the wake of increased product recalls in 2007-2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Among other things, CPSIA requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish a database on the safety of consumer products that is publicly available, searchable, and accessible through the CPSC Web site. In response, CPSC launched SaferProducts.gov i...
Factors for Evaluating the Cost Share of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program to Assist Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers
GAO-11-437R: Published: Apr 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2011.
U.S. manufacturing plays an important role in the nation's economy, producing about $1.6 trillion of value each year--11.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)--and accounting for over 13 million jobs in the United States in 2008, according to the Department of Commerce. However, over the past decade, increased competition abroad and the migration of manufacturing overseas have led to...
Participants in SBA's Microloan Program Could Provide Additional Information to Enhance the Public's Understanding of Recovery Act Fund Uses and Expected Outcomes
GAO-10-1032R: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
This letter formally transmits and summarizes an oral briefing we gave on July 29, 2010, in response to Congress' request that we assess the extent to which the descriptions of the uses of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funds--published on Recovery.gov--enhance the public's understanding of how funds are being spent and what outcomes are expected. Our briefing focuse...
Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Improve the Usefulness of the Agency's Lender Risk Rating System
GAO-10-53: Published: Nov 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2009.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees individual loans that lenders originate. The agency uses its Loan and Lender Monitoring System (L/LMS) to assess the individual risk of each loan, and SBA's contractor developed a lender risk rating system based on L/LMS data. However, questions have been raised about the extent to which SBA has used its lender risk rating system to improve its ov...
Small Business: HUBZone Program Suffers From Reporting and Implementation Difficulties
GAO-02-57: Published: Oct 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 2001.
Congress created the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program to stimulate economic development and create jobs in distressed urban and rural areas. To achieve these goals, the HUBZone program provides small businesses with greater access to federal contracting opportunities. Reported HUBZone program achievements for fiscal year 2000 were inaccurate because of data entry errors a...
Export Promotion: Government Agencies Should Combine Small Business Export Training Programs
GAO-01-1023: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2001.
The Export Enhancement Act of 1992 created the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee to coordinate the delivery of federal export promotion services and to eliminate the areas of overlap and duplication among federal export promotion programs. The Export Enhancement Act of 1999 reiterated that eliminating duplication was a primary objective. In 1993, Congress recommended that three agencies co-lo...