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Nuclear Security: DOE Original Classification Authority Has Been Improperly Delegated
RCED-91-183: Published: Jul 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) use and authorization of contractors to make original classification determinations about national security information.GAO found that: (1) DOE granted original classification authority on a selective basis, but had granted such authority to persons in senior-level positions at facilities dealing with large volumes...
Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Interior May Have Approved State Shifts to Noncoal Projects Prematurely
RCED-91-162: Published: Jun 7, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) process for allowing states to spend federal surface coal mine reclamation funds to address noncoal reclamation problems, focusing on whether OSMRE ensured that states met the certification requirements.GAO found that: (1) the OSMRE certification revi...
Nuclear Security: Property Control Problems at DOE's Livermore Laboratory Continue
RCED-91-141: Published: May 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) claim that it found approximately 99 percent of the inventory it previously reported as missing, focusing on: (1) the accuracy of LLNL claims; (2) whether controls over government-owned property at the laboratory were strengthened; and (3) the adequacy of DOE property...
Coal Mine Subsidence: Several States May Not Meet Federal Insurance Program Objectives
RCED-91-140: Published: May 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) efforts to implement the federally assisted coal mine subsidence insurance program; and (2) six states' efforts to develop self-sustaining insurance programs.GAO found that: (1) after 5 years experience with the program, two of the six states that r...
Tongass National Forest: Contractual Modification Requirements of the Tongass Timber Reform Act
RCED-91-133: Published: Mar 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's compliance with the Tongass Timber Reform Act, focusing on the implementation of modifications to two long-term timber sale contracts to eliminate the contractors' competitive advantage over independent short-term contractors.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service made extensive revisions to the two long-term timbe...
Indian Programs: Tribal Influence in Formulating Budget Priorities Is Limited
RCED-91-20: Published: Feb 7, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Indian Priority System (IPS) budget formulation process, focusing on the: (1) development and implementation of the IPS process; (2) level of tribal involvement and influence in setting IPS budget priorities; (3) extent to which tribes contracted with BIA to carry out programs; and (4) concerns tribes had regardi...
International Aviation: Implications of Ratifying Montreal Aviation Protocol No. 3
RCED-91-45: Published: Dec 3, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how a proposed Montreal Aviation Protocol and its supplemental compensation plan for victims of international aviation disasters could affect the timeliness, cost, and level of compensation.GAO found that: (1) under the protocol, and supplemental compensation plan, claimants would be required to prove only the amount of the losses that they suffere...
Truck Safety: Need to Better Ensure Correction of Serious Inspection Violations
RCED-90-202: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and state actions to ensure that commercial motor vehicles correct identified safety violations.GAO found that: (1) neither FHwA nor the states comprehensively tracked corrections of out-of-service violations; (2) preliminary results from FHwA-funded studies showed an overall noncompliance rate of 12 percent,...
Disinfectants: EPA Lacks Assurance They Work
RCED-90-139: Published: Aug 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of the efficacy of disinfectants, focusing on: (1) controversies regarding EPA-recommended methods and performance standards for testing disinfectant efficacy; (2) EPA efforts to obtain objective research to resolve the controversies; (3) EPA internal controls to ensure the quality and integrit...
Coast Guard Acquisitions: Formal Criteria Needed to Ensure Project Manager Qualifications
RCED-90-178: Published: Jun 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1990.
GAO assessed the Coast Guard's actions to increase the qualifications and tenure of acquisitions personnel.GAO found that: (1) since 1985, the Coast Guard has taken steps to improve its managers' experience and training, but did not ensure that its project managers had the necessary skills to successfully manage major acquisitions; (2) in 1986, the Coast Guard established a panel to select project...