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Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans: Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Responding to Nuclear and Radiological Attacks
GAO-13-736: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.
Many emergency managers from the 27 major cities responding to GAO's questionnaire, although not all, reported that their city had assessed the risks of a terrorist attack using a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or improvised nuclear device (IND) and had ranked the risk of these attacks as lower than the risk of other hazards they face. Also, 11 of the 27 reported that they had completed RDD r...
Flood Insurance: Participation of Indian Tribes in Federal and Private Programs
GAO-13-226: Published: Jan 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 2013.
As of August 2012, just 37 of 566 federally recognized tribes (7 percent) were participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and 3 tribes accounted for more than 70 percent of policies. A number of factors have affected tribes' participation. First, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not placed a high priority on mapping rural areas, including many Indian lands, for...
Federal Disaster Assistance: Improved Criteria Needed to Assess a Jurisdiction's Capability to Respond and Recover on Its Own
GAO-12-838: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
During fiscal years 2004-2011, the President received governors' requests for 629 disaster declarations and approved 539, or 86 percent, of which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported 71 percent were for severe storms. For these 539 declarations, FEMA obligated $80.3 billion, or an average of about $10 billion a year, from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), as of January 31, 2012. A...
Indian Issues: Observations on Some Unique Factors that May Affect Economic Activity on Tribal Lands
GAO-11-543T: Published: Apr 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2011.
Indian tribes are among the most economically distressed groups in the United States. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate among American Indian and Alaska Natives was almost twice as high as the population as a whole--27 percent compared with 15 percent. Residents of tribal lands often lack basic infrastructure, such as water and sewer systems, and sufficient technology...
Emergency Communications: Vulnerabilities Remain and Limited Collaboration and Monitoring Hamper Federal Efforts
GAO-09-604: Published: Jun 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2009.
Emergency communications breakdowns undermined response efforts during terrorist attacks in 2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In response, federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have increased efforts to enhance emergency communications. This requested report identifies (1) vulnerabilities, if any, to emergency communications s...
Davis-Bacon Job Targeting
HEHS-96-151R: Published: Jun 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Labor's interpretation of the Davis-Bacon Act, focusing on the: (1) use of job targeting programs (JTP) on federal construction projects; and (2) actions Labor has taken to enforce its position concerning JTP. GAO noted that: (1) Labor believes that JTP payroll deductions from federal construction project workers vi...
TVA Bond Sales
RCED-93-43R: Published: Oct 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the extent to which minority and regional bond underwriters that participated in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) bond sales were actually located in the TVA service delivery area. GAO noted that: (1) the number of underwriting firms considered in the TVA region differed depending on the definition used; (2) between October 1989...
Puerto Rico: Information for Status Deliberations
HRD-90-70BR: Published: Mar 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided background information on Puerto Rico in preparation for congressional hearings on the islands' future political status.GAO summarized information provided in a briefing on Puerto Rico's: (1) history and culture; (2) relationship with the federal government; and (3) governmental structure, economy, and socioeconomic conditions. GAO also examined se...
[Comments on Request for Reconsideration of Dismissed Protest of REA Contract Award]
B-233596.2: Published: Jan 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1989.
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