state relations (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Federal Mandates: Few Rules Trigger Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
GAO-11-385T: Published: Feb 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2011.
Many federal programs and initiatives involve shared responsibilities--and benefits--for the federal, state, local and tribal governments, and the private sector. Federal statutes and rules often require nonfederal parties to expend their resources in support of certain national goals. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) was enacted to address some of the concerns about federal statute...
Air Ambulance: Effects of Industry Changes on Services Are Unclear
GAO-10-907: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2010.
Changes in the air ambulance industry's size and structure have led to differences of opinion about the implications for air ambulance use, safety, and services. Some industry stakeholders believe that greater state regulation would be good for consumers. While states can regulate the medical aspects of air ambulances, the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) preempts states from economic regulation--i...
Household Goods Moving Industry: Progress Has Been Made in Enforcement, but Increased Focus on Consumer Protection Is Needed
GAO-10-38: Published: Oct 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2009.
Each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the Department of Transportation (DOT) receives about 3,000 consumer complaints regarding interstate moving companies: some involve egregious offenses, such as holding goods hostage. Over the years, Congress and GAO have raised concerns about the adequacy of FMCSA's oversight of the industry. As requested, GAO reviewed the (...
Credit Cards: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Could Better Reflect the Evolving Debt Collection Marketplace and Use of Technology
GAO-09-748: Published: Sep 21, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2009.
Approximately 6.6 percent of credit cards were 30 or more days past due in the first quarter of 2009--the highest rate in 18 years. To recover delinquent debt, credit card issuers may use their own collection departments, outside collection agencies, collection law firms, or sell the debt. GAO was asked to examine (1) the federal and state consumer protections and enforcement responsibilities rela...
Consumer Protection: Some Improvements in Federal Oversight of Household Goods Moving Industry Since 2001, but More Action Needed to Better Protect Individual Consumers
GAO-07-586: Published: May 16, 2007. Publicly Released: May 16, 2007.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for protecting consumers involved in interstate household goods moves by issuing regulations and conducting oversight and enforcement actions. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), enacted in 2005, included provisions to enhanc...
Risk Retention Groups: Common Regulatory Standards and Greater Member Protections Are Needed
GAO-05-536: Published: Aug 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2005.
Congress authorized the creation of risk retention groups (RRG) to increase the availability and affordability of commercial liability insurance. An RRG is a group of similar businesses that creates its own insurance company to self-insure its risks. Through the Liability Risk Retention Act (LRRA), Congress partly preempted state insurance law to create a single-state regulatory framework for RRGs...
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...
Regulatory Programs: Opportunities to Enhance Oversight of the Real Estate Appraisal Industry
GAO-04-580T: Published: Mar 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2004.
The appraisal and mortgage lending industry has changed dramatically since the passage of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989. Some have concluded that the problems Title XI was intended to address--the risk to the federal deposit insurance funds and the lack of uniform standards and qualifications--no longer exist. This statement is based on GAO's...
U.S. Communications Policy: Issues for the 1990s
IMTEC-91-52A: Published: Sep 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1991.
GAO sponsored a conference on communications technology, focusing on: (1) how the communications infrastructure should develop to promote innovation and maximize the benefits of competition; (2) the role of communications policy in promoting economic growth in the United States and competition abroad; (3) how the United States should allocate the electromagnetic spectrum to effectively support the...