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Paperwork Reduction Act: Agencies report Slight Decreases in Burden Estimates and Violations
GAO-04-676T: Published: Apr 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2004.
The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires federal agencies to minimize the paperwork burden they impose on the public. The act also requires agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before collecting covered information. At Congress's request, GAO examined changes during the past fiscal year in federal agencies' paperwork burden estimates and their causes, focusi...
Records Management: National Archives and Records Administration's Acquisition of Major System Faces Risks
GAO-03-880: Published: Aug 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2003.
Increasingly, government records involve documents that are electronically created and stored. In support of its mission to manage and archive these records and ensure access to the "essential evidence" that they contain, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is acquiring an advanced Electronic Records Archives (ERA). GAO was asked to determine, among other things, how the ERA pr...
Nuclear Security: NNSA Needs to Better Manage Its Safeguards and Security Program
GAO-03-471: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2003.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, intensified long-standing concerns about the adequacy of safeguards and security at four nuclear weapons production sites and three national laboratories that design nuclear weapons--most of these facilities store plutonium and uranium in a variety of forms. These facilities can become targets for such actions as sabotage or theft. The Department of Energy (DOE)...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-715T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security, brought together 22 diverse organizations to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorist attacks, and minimize damage and assist in recovery from attacks that do occur. To accomplish this mission, the act established specific homeland security re...
Data Mining: Results and Challenges for Government Program Audits and Investigations
GAO-03-591T: Published: Mar 25, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2003.
The Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Census, House Committee on Government Reform asked GAO to testify on its experiences with the use of data mining as part of its audits and investigations of various government programs. GAO's testimony focused on (1) examples and benefits of the use of data mining in audits and investigations and (2) some of t...
Transportation Security Administration: Actions and Plans to Build a Results-Oriented Culture
GAO-03-190: Published: Jan 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2003.
Never has a results-oriented focus been more critical than today, when the security of America's citizens depends on the outcomes of many federal programs. In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) that created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and made it responsible for transportation security. ATSA r...
Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data (Superseded by GAO-09-680G)
GAO-03-273G: Published: Oct 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2002.
This publication has been superseded by GAO-09-680G, Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data, July 2009. GAO published a guide to assist its auditing staff in ensuring the reliability of computer-based data. The guidance provides a flexible, risk-based framework for data reliability assessments that can be geared to the specific circumstances of each engagement. The framework is built...
Intellectual Property: Information on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Past and Future Operations
GAO-02-907: Published: Aug 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2002.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a staff of 6,426 and collected $1.1 billion in patent and trademark fees in fiscal year 2001. As the U.S. economy depends increasingly on new innovations, the need to patent or trademark quickly the intellectual property resulting from such innovations becomes more important. Expressing concerns about USPTO's plans for the future, Congress directed...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Significant Challenges Need to Be Addressed
GAO-02-961T: Published: Jul 24, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) enhances the security of the nation's cyber and physical public and private infrastructure. Federal agencies and other public and private entities rely extensively on computerized systems and electronic data to support their missions. CIP issues involve developing a national CIP strategy, improving analysis and warning capabilities, improving information sh...
Social Security Numbers: Government Benefits from SSN Use but Could Provide Better Safeguards
GAO-02-352: Published: May 31, 2002. Publicly Released: May 31, 2002.
The Social Security number (SSN) was created in 1936 to track workers' earnings and eligibility for Social Security benefits. Because SSNs are unique identifiers and do not change, the numbers provide a convenient and efficient way to manage records. Government agencies are taking some steps to safeguard the number, but some protections are not uniformly in place at any level of government. Many o...