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Hurricane Katrina: Agency Contracting Data Should Be More Complete Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
GAO-07-205: Published: Mar 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2007.
In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were responsible for 94 percent of the federal funds awarded for relief efforts via contracting as of May 2006. This report, which GAO conducted under the Comptroller General's Authority, describes (1) the amounts th...
Drinking Water: EPA Should Strengthen Ongoing Efforts to Ensure That Consumers Are Protected from Lead Contamination
GAO-06-148: Published: Jan 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2006.
Elevated lead levels in the District of Columbia's tap water in 2003 prompted questions about how well consumers are protected nationwide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and local water systems share responsibility for providing safe drinking water. Lead typically enters tap water as a result of the corrosion of lead in the water lines or household plumbing. EPA's lead rule est...
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...
Credit Reporting Literacy: Consumers Understood the Basics but Could Benefit from Targeted Educational Efforts
GAO-05-223: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
This report responds to a mandate in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) of 2003 requiring GAO to assess consumers' understanding of credit reporting. The FACT Act, among other things, extended provisions governing the credit reporting system and addressed ongoing concerns about inaccuracies in credit reports. For example, the act expanded access to credit information by entit...
Business Regulation: California Manufacturers Use Multiple Strategies to Comply with Laws
HEHS-98-208: Published: Sep 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compiled a list of the federal and state laws that apply to California businesses of different sizes, and selected two industries within that state to illustrate compliance with selected laws, focusing on the: (1) requirements of federal and state laws affecting the workplace, tax-related, and environmental practices of California manufacturing firms of dif...
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...
Small Business Act: Agriculture's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level
GGD-87-45: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to determine its compliance with the Small Business Act.GAO found that, although the act required the OSDBU Director to report directly to the Secretary of Agriculture or his deputy, the Director was reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Admi...
Paperwork Imposed on the Meat Industry by USDA
111913: Mar 26, 1980
A review of the meat industry revealed that shortcomings in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) paperwork management program allowed for the: (1) preparing of meaningless burden estimates; and (2) collecting of unneeded, unused, and duplicate information from the meat industry. One key to resolving the problems is the availability of reliable information regarding the paperwork burden imposed....