Appropriations (41 - 50 of 72 items)
Consolidating Federal Stream Forecasting Activities May Reduce Duplication of Resources and Effort
RCED-84-104: Published: Jul 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1984.
GAO reported on the stream forecasting activities of the National Weather Service (NWS), the Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal water resources operating agencies. The report determined whether opportunities exist to consolidate activities among agencies.GAO found that the agencies have developed independent stream forecasting capabilities which results in duplication of equipment, staff,...
Bus Rehabilitation Issues Need Attention
RCED-84-81: Published: Apr 9, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1984.
GAO examined bus rehabilitation issues to: (1) determine the costs and benefits of bus rehabilitation; (2) analyze the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA) bus rehabilitation policies; and (3) review UMTA efforts to determine the costs and benefits of bus rehabilitation.Bus rehabilitation is a means by which local transit authorities can extend the useful life of buses and avoid the h...
Policies Governing BPA's Repayment of Federal Investment Still Need Revision
RCED-84-25: Published: Oct 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1983.
Federal law requires the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to repay the federal investment in its power generation facilities. In a follow-up to a previous report, GAO examined BPA policies regarding repayment.Through 1964, BPA used a fixed annual payment approach to repayment. In 1964, BPA adopted the repayment study method to determine revenue requirements. Under this method, estimated reven...
Compliance With the Department of the Interior's Cost Recovery Program Could Generate Substantial Additional Revenues
RCED-83-94: Published: Sep 6, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's recently expanded cost recovery program as it relates to oil and gas activities on Alaska's federal onshore lands.GAO found that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Minerals Management Service (MMS), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are not fully complying with Interior's requirement to identify and, where appropriate, seek recovery of cost...
Impact of the Proposed Consolidation of HUD Field Offices in the Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, Area
RCED-83-155: Published: May 19, 1983. Publicly Released: May 19, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied the proposed consolidation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Dallas Area Office and Fort Worth Regional and Service Office into one office located at Fort Worth.The study showed that a $1.5 million potential cost savings projection, which was developed by the HUD Fort Worth regional staff, included personnel savings that...
Some Small Purchase Procurements at FERC Were Not Well Managed
RCED-83-95: Published: Mar 29, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1983.
GAO reviewed small purchase procurements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in regard to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) rate case.GAO noted that FERC spent over $179,000 in documenting the TAPS project which was originally estimated to cost about $1 billion but actually cost about $9.4 billion. GAO found that the FERC lack of management controls over the procurement and ac...
Spreading Commuter Work Hours Could Reduce Transit Costs
RCED-83-17: Published: Mar 17, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1983.
GAO examined six subway, streetcar, and bus routes in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to see whether peak transit demand could be relieved by spreading commuter work-hours. GAO undertook this study because transit authorities are experiencing a financial drain during peak period service and there have been initiatives to change employee work-hours.GAO found that, if the present rush hou...
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Makes Progress Toward Expanding User Fee Program
RCED-83-2: Published: Feb 9, 1983. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1983.
GAO examined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) efforts to develop a user fee system, which would include licensing and filing fees and annual charges collected from the oil, pipeline, electric, and natural gas companies which use FERC services.FERC has taken actions to develop a strong user fee program. However, GAO believes that FERC could further strengthen the program by: (1) im...
Problems and Delays Overshadow NRC's Initial Success in Improving Reactor Operators' Capabilities
RCED-83-4: Published: Dec 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1982.
GAO discussed Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) actions to improve reactor capabilities which were found deficient by numerous investigations following the accident at the Three Mile Island (TMI) Nuclear Powerplant.GAO found that, within 2 years of the TMI accident, NRC required and utilities implemented several actions to improve and strengthen the training and qualifications of reactor operato...
Sharing the Cost of Making Federal Water Project Feasibility Studies
RCED-83-18: Published: Dec 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1982.
GAO discussed feasibility studies undertaken by the Federal government to resolve water resources problems and the factors affecting the study outcome. The purpose of the review was to determine how frequently studies did not identify acceptable solutions and why.GAO estimated that, during the past 17 years, Federal agencies have spent about $100 million on water project feasibility studies. In it...