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Federal Programs: Ethnographic Studies Can Inform Agencies' Actions
GAO-03-455: Published: Mar 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
In this time of emphasis on performance and results, federal agencies and congressional committees can benefit from knowing the full range of social science methods that can help them improve the programs they oversee. Among the methods they might consider are those of ethnography, derived from anthropology. However, information about the past and present uses of ethnography to improve federal pro...
Statistical Agencies: Consolidation and Quality Issues
T-GGD-97-78: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the federal statistical system, focusing on: (1) the quality of federal statistics; (2) how the federal statistical system's decentralized structure affects statistical quality; (3) whether consolidating the statistical functions currently housed in the Department of Commerce with those of other federal agencies could provide a more streamlined an...
Multiple Employment Training Programs: Basic Program Data Often Missing
T-HEHS-94-239: Published: Sep 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1994.
GAO discussed multiple employment training programs and the need to ensure that program administrators are accountable for program results. GAO noted that: (1) there are at least 154 programs administered by 14 federal departments and agencies that provide employment training assistance; (2) program administrators should monitor the effectiveness of their programs to maximize the federal investmen...
Trade and Economic Data: Many Federal Agencies Collect and Disseminate Information
NSIAD-91-173: Published: May 1, 1991. Publicly Released: May 31, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on foreign economic data available to U.S. businesses and policymakers, focusing on the: (1) federal agencies that collect and disseminate foreign economic and trade data; (2) ways in which executive and legislative agencies use this information; (3) extent of agency coordination in collecting and disseminating these data; and (4) metho...
Discrimination Complaints: Payments to Employees by Federal Agencies and the Judgement Fund
HRD-89-141: Published: Sep 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' corrective actions in resolving employment discrimination complaints, focusing on: (1) whether policies on settling discrimination complaints differed among agencies; (2) whether agencies collected data on agency and Judgement Fund payments; and (3) the magnitude of the payments.GAO found that: (1) monetary payments resulting from...
Information on Internal EEO Activities at Selected Federal Agencies
GGD-85-62: Published: Jun 14, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information on civil rights activities submitted by a variety of federal agencies to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for fiscal years 1981 and 1984.GAO obtained information on internal equal employment opportunity (EEO) office activities at the agencies including components dealing with complaint processing, policy development, legal a...
Views on S. 2049
B-206741: Published: Apr 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1982.
Upon receipt of a congressional request, GAO reviewed S. 2049 and assessed the paperwork and regulatory burdens that might be associated with its implementation. The bill would amend previous legislation concerning Census Bureau data and would require Federal agencies to use currently available population data to determine benefits received by State and local governments. Since agencies would use...
Obstacles Hamper the Office of Personnel Management's Evaluation of the Implementation of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act
FPCD-81-69: Published: Sep 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1981.
GAO completed a limited review of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) 5-year strategy for evaluating the implementation and impact of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. GAO identified problems which it believes could hamper the collection of data needed to evaluate the Act.GAO identified the following management and technical weaknesses which it believes warrant careful consideration by...
Statistics on Congressional Reporting Requirements
PAD-78-76: Published: Jul 25, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1978.
Statistics were compiled on congressional reporting requirements. The average growth in recurring reports over the decades 1920-1970 was 76.4 per decade (15 percent); for the annual periods 1962-1978, the growth was 57.8 per year (7 percent). In the largest category--reports submitted by cabinet level agencies--the number of reports fluctuated considerably between 1920 and 1960 but was little high...
Federal Efforts in Forecasting Snow Depth and Run-Off Information
CED-78-43: Published: Jan 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1978.
The hydrometeorological data used in making water supply forecasts, including measurements of the snow water equivalent, precipitation, stream flow, and temperature are collected by several Federal agencies.In only one instance were agencies duplicating data collection efforts. However, the Soil Conservation Service and the National Weather Service have been preparing duplicate water supply foreca...