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A New Approach Is Needed for the Federal Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Program
CED-82-37: Published: Feb 19, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop and implement the industrial pretreatment program.GAO found that the: (1) overall scope and impact of the pretreatment program remains undefined; (2) program may result in costly, inequitable, and redundant treatment that may not address toxic pollution problems; and (3) program will be a further drain on scarce federal, s...
Continuation of the Resource Conservation and Development Program Raises Questions
CED-81-120: Published: Aug 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program and the administrative and legislative changes needed to improve the control and operation of the program.GAO was unable to develop a clear picture or measure of overall benefits under the program because program accomplishments are not clearly distinguishable at either the project or measure l...
EPA's New Research Controls: Problems Remain
CED-81-124: Published: Jul 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1981.
External and internal criticism prompted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take various steps in 1978 to improve research controls. GAO evaluated the degree to which EPA took action to implement its new research controls and how these new procedures resolved previous research planning and management problems.The GAO review of the new procedures and practices of EPA indicates that, altho...
Information on U.S. Coast Guard's Decision To Purchase M/V Cowslip Vessel
CED-81-128: Published: Jun 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1981.
GAO reviewed a Coast Guard decision to purchase a buoy tender, as opposed to a second vessel that was available for purchase, to replace a Coast Guard vessel which sank. GAO utilized Coast Guard vessel inspection reports and purchase, renovation, and repair cost data in evaluating the relative merits of the two vessels and arriving at the purchase decision.GAO found no basis to conclude that the p...
River Basin Commissions Have Been Helpful, but Changes Are Needed
CED-81-69: Published: May 28, 1981. Publicly Released: May 28, 1981.
River basin planning should match the needs of water users with the amount of water available irrespective of State boundaries or Federal agency responsibilities. A review was made to determine how successful river basin commissions have been in meeting their legislative objectives of planning and coordinating water resource development.The river basin commissions, as they are now operating, do no...
Impact Uncertain From Reorganization of the Water and Power Resources Service
CED-81-80: Published: Apr 29, 1981. Publicly Released: May 19, 1981.
The December 1979 reorganization of the Water and Power Resources Service (WPRS) decentralized some authority from the Service's Engineering and Research Center in Denver, Colorado to its seven regional offices. The Service had three major objectives for the reorganization: (1) to increase program accomplishment; (2) to improve contracting; and (3) to resolve the internal power struggle between th...
Need To Determine Whether Existing Federal Programs Can Meet the Needs of Women Entrepreneurs
CED-81-90: Published: Apr 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the actions taken by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Interagency Committee on Women's Business Enterprise to promote women entrepreneurs and to suggest ways to improve such activities.The SBA and the Interagency Committee have not given enough attention to using existing SBA and other Federal resources to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs. Their attention has been...
Similar Business Assistance Programs of Two Federal Agencies Have Potential for Duplication
CED-81-26: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1981.
The university-based management and technical assistance programs administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) were reviewed. Comparisons were made of the similarities, differences, and possible duplications between the programs.The problem-solving or counseling assistance provided under both programs is alike in many respects. The EDA p...
Most Borrowers of Economic Opportunity Loans Have Not Succeeded in Business
CED-81-3: Published: Dec 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1980.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Opportunity Loan Program (EOL) has been a means for sustained economic progress for relatively few borrowers. The program originated with the Economic Opportunity Act as a part of the war on poverty. Today, it is part of a larger SBA effort involving several programs to help socially and/or economically disadvantaged people create and maintain small...
Improvements Needed in NOAA's Long-Range ADP Plans
CED-80-136: Published: Aug 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.
A review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) management of its automatic data processing (ADP) resources focused on the adequacy of the NOAA efforts to plan for and meet its current and future ADP needs and to ensure the efficient use of such resources.NOAA has certain organizational weaknesses that have hindered past efforts to plan for ADP resources and may continue t...