Conservation (1 - 10 of 35 items)
Architect of the Capitol: Contracting Function Generally Follows Key Practices, but Certain Improvements Are Needed
GAO-16-348: Published: Apr 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2016.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) recently implemented a contracting manual that centralizes current law and regulations applicable to the AOC, as well as policies, orders and procedures. As a legislative branch agency, the AOC is not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which governs executive branch agencies; however, its manual draws on the FAR and covers topics central to the A...
National Archives and Records Administration: Actions Needed to Ensure Facilities That Store Federal Records Meet Standards
GAO-13-668: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
Agencies are to store federal records in three types of facilities:Federal records centers: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) operates 18 federal records centers that are comprised of 24 facilities (buildings) located across the United States. Each facility includes storage areas, referred to as bays.Agency records centers: Agencies also establish and operate records centers...
Federal Real Property: Improved Data Needed to Strategically Manage Historic Buildings, Address Multiple Challenges
GAO-13-35: Published: Dec 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2013.
The General Services Administration (GSA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have undertaken portfolio-wide efforts in recent years to identify historic buildings they hold, nominate some of those buildings to the National Register of Historic Places, and manage their historic buildings in an effort to comply with the requirements in the National Historic...
Department of the Interior: Major Management Challenges
GAO-11-424T: Published: Mar 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2011.
The Department of the Interior (Interior) is responsible for managing much of the nation's vast natural resources. Its agencies implement an array of programs intended to protect these resources for future generations while also allowing certain uses of them, such as recreation and oil and gas development. In some cases, Interior is authorized to collect royalties and fees for these uses. Over the...
National Archives and Records Administration: Oversight and Management Improvements Initiated, but More Action Needed
GAO-11-15: Published: Oct 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2010.
The mission of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is to safeguard and preserve government records, ensuring continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. However, in today's environment of fast-evolving information technology, federal agencies are creating vast and growing volumes of electronic records...
National Archives: Progress and Risks in Implementing its Electronic Records Archive Initiative
GAO-10-222T: Published: Nov 5, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2009.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to develop a modern Electronic Records Archive (ERA) system, a major information system that is intended to preserve and provide access to massive volumes of all types and formats of electronic records. The system is being developed incrementally over several years, with the first two pieces providing an initial s...
Department of the Interior: Major Management Challenges
GAO-09-425T: Published: Mar 3, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2009.
The Department of the Interior is responsible for managing much of the nation's vast natural resources. Its agencies implement an array of programs intended to protect these precious resources for future generations while also allowing certain uses of them, such as oil and gas development and recreation. In some cases, Interior is authorized to collect royalties and fees for these uses. Over the y...
Interstate Compacts: An Overview of the Structure and Governance of Environment and Natural Resource Compacts
GAO-07-519: Published: Apr 3, 2007. Publicly Released: May 3, 2007.
Interstate compacts are legal agreements between states that are designed to resolve concerns that transcend state lines, such as allocating interstate waters. While some compacts assign their administration to existing state agencies, compacts requiring greater coordination among states may establish an interstate agency, typically called a commission, to administer their provisions. Congress mus...
Posthearing Questions: Major Management Challenges at the Department of the Interior
GAO-07-659R: Published: Mar 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2007.
On February 16, 2007, GAO testified at the Committee on Natural Resources' oversight hearing on "Reports, Audits, and Investigations by the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General Regarding the Department of the Interior." This letter responds to the February 26, 2007 congressional request, in which members of the Committee asked additional questions about GAO's past r...
Capitol Visitor Center: Schedule Delays Continue; Reassessment Underway
GAO-05-1037T: Published: Sep 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2005.
This testimony discusses progress on the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) project. Our remarks will focus on (1) the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) progress in managing the project's schedule since the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Senate Committee on Appropriations' July 14 hearing on the project; (2) our estimate of a general time frame for completing the base project's construction and...