Freedom of information (21 - 30 of 88 items)
DOD User Fees: Implementation Status of Section 1085 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001
GAO-03-265R: Published: Oct 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
Section 1085 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 authorized the military department secretaries to (1) charge fees to persons requesting information from the primary military archives and (2) retain collected fees to help defray costs associated with providing the information. The military archives also have authority under the User Charge Statute and the Freedom of Info...
Aviation Safety: Better Guidance and Training Needed on Providing Files on Pilots' Background Information
GAO-02-722: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The Pilot Records Improvement Act, enacted on October 9, 1996, responded to seven fatal commercial air carrier accidents that were attributed, in part, to errors by pilots who had been hired without background checks. The act, which took effect on February 6, 1997, requires air carriers, before making final hiring decisions, to obtain information for the past 5 years on a pilot applicant's perform...
Information Management: Update on Implementation of the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments
GAO-02-493: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2002.
The 1966 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) established the public's right of access to government information, on the basis of openness and accountability. The 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act (e-FOIA) Amendments extended these principles to include electronic access to information. Under the act, the Department of Justice provides implementing guidance to agencies. In addition, agencies...
Indian Issues: More Consistent and Timely Tribal Recognition Process Needed
GAO-02-415T: Published: Feb 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2002.
In 1978, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) established a regulatory process for recognizing tribes. The process requires tribes that are petitioning for recognition to submit evidence that they have continuously existed as an Indian tribe since historic times. Recognition establishes a formal government-to-government relationship between the United States and a tribe. The quasi-sovereign status c...
Indian Issues: Improvements Needed in Tribal Recognition Process
GAO-02-49: Published: Nov 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2001.
The Indian gambling industry has flourished since the enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988. Nearly 200 tribes generated about $10 billion in annual revenues in 1999 from their gambling operations. Because of weaknesses in the federal recognition process, the basis for tribal recognition decisions by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is not always clear and the length of time invo...
User Fees: DOD Fees for Providing Information Not Current and Consistent
GAO-02-34: Published: Oct 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2001.
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 authorized the military archives to (1) charge fees to persons requesting information and (2) retain collected fees to help defray costs of providing the information. Although none of the archives has yet implemented a fee, one archive plans to do so by October 2001. The Department of Defense's (DOD) archives and other offices are also authorized und...
Information Management: Progress in Implementing the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments
GAO-01-378: Published: Mar 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2001.
The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, known as e-FOIA, require federal agencies to make certain types of information available for public inspection. GAO reviewed 25 federal agencies and found that they have implemented many of the e-FOIA provisions. However, agencies have not made all required documents electronically available. Furthermore, the Department of Justice and other fed...
Slotting Fees: Effort to Study the Use of These Payments in the Grocery Industry
T-RCED-00-295: Published: Sep 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its effort to study the use of slotting fees in the grocery industry, focusing on GAO's: (1) planned approach and methodology; and (2) reasons for not being able to perform the study.GAO noted that: (1) the overall plan was to conduct case studies of slotting fee practices in the industry for various supermarket items at several food manufacturing...
[Comments on Laws' Applicability to NAS]
B-281390: Published: Nov 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1998.
GAO commented on several questions pertaining to the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on whether: (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 1997 are applicable to the subgroups of the Academy (National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine); (2) the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is applicable to the Academy, its subgroups or their advisor...
Environmental Information: Agencywide Policies and Procedures Are Needed for EPA's Information Dissemination
RCED-98-245: Published: Sep 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative mandate, GAO determined the status of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to: (1) provide communities with risk information on toxic chemical releases in their areas; (2) make the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act's (EPCRA) chemical inventory information publicly accessible; and (3) develop policies, procedures, and standards for dissemina...