Private sector (51 - 60 of 111 items)
Amendment of FCC Rules to Deregulate the Equipment Authorization Requirements for Digital Devices
OGC-96-21: Published: Jul 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule concerning the deregulation of equipment authorization requirements for digital devices. GAO found that: (1) the rule would create a new self-authorization process based on a manufacturer's or suppliers' compliance with FCC requirements and save the digital device industry approximately $250...
Limited Partnership Rollups
GGD-95-180R: Published: Aug 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the use of fairness opinions in limited partnership rollups. GAO noted that it did not have a sufficient basis to submit any conclusions on the use of fairness opinions, since only one fairness opinion and five rollups in total were filed since the legislation was enacted...
Insurance Ratings: Comparison of Private Agency Ratings for Life/Health Insurers
GGD-94-204BR: Published: Sep 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed private agency ratings for life and health insurers, focusing on: (1) the rating systems of the five major raters of life and health insurers; and (2) which raters were first to report the vulnerability of financially impaired or insolvent insurers between August 1989 and June 1992.GAO found that: (1) insurer ratings could not be easily compared, s...
FDA Regulation: Compliance by Dietary Supplement and Conventional Food Establishments
HEHS-94-134: Published: Jun 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional requirement, GAO reviewed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of the dietary supplement industry.GAO found that: (1) FDA regulates dietary supplements on a case-by-case basis, generally responding to complaints or other information regarding health risks, and takes action only when it has a concern about a product's safety or labeling; (2) the frequency o...
Small Business: Financial Health of Small Business Investment Companies
RCED-93-51: Published: May 5, 1993. Publicly Released: May 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the reasons for small business investment companies' (SBIC) liquidations between January 1986 and March 1991; (2) active and liquidated SBIC financial performances; and (3) the statistical correlation of key SBIC characteristics and investments with their liquidations and financial performance.GAO found that: (1) most SBIC are liquidated for p...
Small Business: Analysis of SBA's Preferred Lenders Program
RCED-92-124: Published: May 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Preferred Lenders Program, focusing on: (1) preliminary program results; (2) characteristics of preferred loans compared with other SBA-guaranteed business loans; (3) the geographic distribution of preferred loans; and (4) independent audit determinations of preferred lenders' compliance with SBA regulation...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success but Can Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-45: Published: Mar 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1992.
GAO discussed the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), focusing on: (1) whether the SBIR Program has met its goals; (2) the reasons for minority and disadvantaged businesses' low level of Phase III SBIR Program activity; (3) the level of foreign investment and attention that SBIR awardees have attracted; and (4) changes that could improve the program. GAO noted that: (1) the SBIR Pro...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Shows Success but Can Be Strengthened
RCED-92-37: Published: Mar 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the aggregate commercial trends in Phase III of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.GAO found that: (1) Congress authorized the SBIR Program to strengthen the role of small, innovative companies in research and development; (2) Phase III involves the use of nonfederal funds for commercial application of technology or non-SBIR fe...
Federal Research: Small Business Innovation Research Program Shows Success But Can Be Strengthened
T-RCED-92-32: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, focusing on products' commercial trends in Phase III of the program, which involves the use of non-federal funds for commercial application of the technology or follow-on non-SBIR government contracts for government application. GAO noted that: (1) about half of the SBIR projects are of about the same quality as other federal res...
Automotive Industry: The Competitive Challenge to U.S. Companies
T-NSIAD-92-7: Published: Jan 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1992.
GAO discussed issues related to the competitiveness of the U.S. economy and the U.S. automobile industry. GAO noted that, in order to maintain and enhance U.S. competitiveness in the international market, the: (1) United States should establish a macroeconomic policy that lowers the cost of capital; (2) United States needs to improve education, make the health care system more cost-effective, and...