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Small Business Participation in the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Project
GAO-05-860R: Published: Aug 4, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2005.
Alaska currently holds 35 trillion cubic feet of proven recoverable natural gas resources, about 19 percent of total U.S. reserves. Efforts to construct a pipeline to transport this natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the lower 48 states have been stalled since 1982. The recent increase in natural gas prices has renewed interest in completing the pipeline, a project that is estimated to cost...
Unfunded Mandates: Analysis of Reform Act's Coverage and Views on Possible Next Steps
GAO-05-533T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) was enacted to address concerns about federal statutes and regulations that require nonfederal parties to expend resources to achieve legislative goals without being provided funding to cover the costs. UMRA generates information about the nature and size of potential federal mandates but does not preclude the implementation of such mandates. At vari...
Business-Owned Life Insurance: Preliminary Observations on Uses, Prevalence, and Regulatory Oversight
GAO-04-191T: Published: Oct 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2003.
Business-owned life insurance is held by employers on the lives of their employees, and the employer is the beneficiary of these policies. Unless prohibited by state law, businesses can retain ownership of these policies regardless of whether the employment relationship has ended. Generally, business-owned life insurance is permanent, lasting for the life of the employee and accumulating cash valu...
Small Business Administration: Few Reviews of Guaranteed Lenders Have Been Conducted
GGD-98-85: Published: Jun 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) how the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts on-site reviews to monitor participating lenders' compliance with its 7(a) loan program policies and procedures; and (2) what actions SBA is taking to comply with the preferred lender oversight provisions of the Small Business Programs Improvement Act of 1996 (SBPIA).GAO noted that: (1) prio...
Regulatory Reform: Implementation of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel Requirements
GGD-98-36: Published: Mar 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) implementation of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act's (SBREFA) advocacy review panel requirements, focusing on: (1) whether EPA and OSHA had applied the advocacy review panel requirements to all rules that they proposed be...
The Future of the Civil Aeronautics Board's Consumer Protection Functions
123636: Mar 13, 1984
GAO presented testimony on its ongoing review of the future of the Civil Aeronautics Board's (CAB) consumer protection functions. The sunset provisions of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 neither provide for the survival nor the transfer of the CAB consumer protection regulations. Officials from airlines, trade associations, State agencies, and consumer organizations who were interviewed by GA...
Financial Institution Regulatory Agencies Can Make Better Use of Consumer Complaint Information
GGD-83-31: Published: Aug 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1983.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBS), the Federal Reserve System (FRS), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) accept, investigate, and resolve consumers' complaints against the banks and saving institutions they regulate. In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the...
Improved Quality, Adequate Resources, and Consistent Oversight Needed if Regulatory Analysis Is To Help Control Costs of Regulations
PAD-83-6: Published: Nov 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the role and performance of regulatory analysis in controlling the costs of federal regulation and the fundamental outstanding issues confronting Congress in determining whether and how to legislate a regulatory analysis requirement. Specifically, GAO was asked to analyze the effects of regulatory oversight by the Office of Management and Budget...
Maze of Food Regulations--Need for a Regulation Indexing System
CED-80-44: Published: Feb 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1980.
Complex regulations covering all aspects of the food industry sometimes lead to confusion. Fourteen federal agencies and commissions have issued 1,300 regulations for the transport of food, covering 9,752 sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations require some 30,000 separate actions to comply with the written law. The difficulty of dealing with this large body of regulatory la...
Food and Drug Administration's Program for Regulating Imported Products Needs Improving
HRD-77-72: Published: Jul 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1977.
Lack of information on products entering the United States limits the effectiveness of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) efforts to regulate imported products before they are sold to the American public.FDA does not maintain enough specific information on the types and volume of imports to know whether all the various imported products are inspected. Without such data, the agency cannot det...