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Indian Affairs: Alaska Native Allotment Eligibility Process Can Be Improved
RCED-88-121: Published: Jul 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) administration of the Native Allotment Program to determine: (1) whether BLM met certain requirements in its eligibility determinations; and (2) the progress BLM made in completing the program.GAO found that: (1) the BLM allotment tracking system did not contain current information on the status of allotment...
Microwave Landing Systems: Additional Systems Should Not Be Procured Unless Benefits Proven
RCED-88-118: Published: May 16, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Airspace System Plan, focusing on: (1) the justification and requirements for replacing improved instrument landing systems (ILS) with microwave landing systems (MLS); (2) potential MLS operational and economic benefits; (3) the MLS siting strategy; and (4) industry and user association views of...
Aviation Services: Automation and Consolidation of Flight Service Stations
RCED-88-77: Published: Feb 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) program to consolidate and automate its flight service stations, focusing on: (1) whether the new automated system is performing all FAA-required services and the quality of those services; (2) the effect of technical problems experienced at the automated stations; and (3) the effect of staff constraints...
Telephone Communications: Controlling Cross-Subsidy Between Regulated and Competitive Services
RCED-88-34: Published: Oct 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed implementation of accounting controls to prevent cross-subsidization between regulated and nonregulated telephone service in order to facilitate competition among telephone companies.GAO found that: (1) the FCC allocation process was inefficient because it impeded companies from offering new...
Maritime Administration: Efforts To Improve Data on the Federal Ship Financing Program
RCED-87-58: Published: Aug 28, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Federal Ship Financing Program and its estimated $5-billion portfolio of loan guarantees.GAO found that: (1) MARAD considered 20 percent of the program loans to be at risk of default; (2) in 1986, default payments exceeded $1.2 billion; and (3) since the fund was not self-supporting, it needed approximately...
Imported Wines: Identifying and Removing Wines Contaminated With Diethylene Glycol
RCED-86-112: Published: Mar 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agency actions in dealing with the contamination of imported wines with the industrial chemical diethylene glycol (DEG), particularly with Austrian wines where the contamination was more significant.GAO found that both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) may regulate and prohibit...
New Rules for Protecting Land in the National Park System--Consistent Compliance Needed
RCED-86-16: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed the National Park Service's (NPS) compliance with a new Department of the Interior policy that requires the development of land protection plans to determine the need for acquired land so that the limited funds available are spent in the most cost-effective manner.GAO noted that, in recent years, NPS has been acquiring fewer acres of land at increasing prices while appropriations for...
Department of Energy Needs To Develop Better Guidance for Settling Oil Overcharge Cases With Long-Term Payment Provisions
RCED-85-120: Published: Aug 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Economic Regulatory Administration (ERA) audits of oil companies to ensure that they comply with federal petroleum pricing regulations. When an oil company is found to have overcharged for petroleum products, DOE negotiates a settlement agreement with the company that provides for payments by the company to the government. Pursuant to a congressional r...
Early Assessment of Interior's Area-Wide Program for Leasing Offshore Lands
RCED-85-66: Published: Jul 15, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the impact of recent areawide sales for leasing offshore lands, including the Department of the Interior's: (1) new bid-acceptance procedures for ensuring that it receives fair market value for leased offshore lands; and (2) streamlined presale planning process for providing states and others affected by offshore activities an opportunity to parti...
Establishing New Federal Food-Buying Procedures Would Help Eliminate Unnecessary Special Examinations
RCED-84-150: Published: Sep 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1984.
GAO reviewed federal practices for accepting food purchases to determine if federal costs could be decreased by reducing the number of special examinations necessary to ensure the quality of accepted products.GAO found that the direct cost of certification services was $18 million in fiscal year 1982. Although the Department of Agriculture has instructed other federal agencies to waive certificati...