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Transportation Security Administration's Processes for Designating and Releasing Sensitive Security Information
GAO-08-232R: Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2007.
Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal agencies have faced the challenge of protecting sensitive information from terrorists and others without a need to know while sharing this information with parties who are determined to have such a need. One form of protection involves identifying and marking such information sensitive but unclassified--information that is generally restrict...
Financial Audit: Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2007
GAO-07-1205: Published: Sep 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2007.
This report presents the results of our audit of expenditures reported by the Office of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the 6 months ended March 31, 2007. The Department of Justice and the independent counsels are required under 28 U.S.C. 594 (d)(2), (h) and 596 (c)(1) to report on a semiannual basis the expenditures from a permanent, indefinite appropriation established within the Depar...
Defense Business Transformation: Achieving Success Requires a Chief Management Officer to Provide Focus and Sustained Leadership
GAO-07-1072: Published: Sep 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2007.
In 2005, GAO added the Department of Defense's (DOD) approach to business transformation to its high-risk list because (1) DOD's improvement efforts were fragmented, (2) DOD lacked an integrated and enterprisewide business transformation plan, and (3) DOD had not designated a senior official at the right level with the right authority to be responsible for overall business transformation efforts....
Customs Revenue: Customs and Border Protection Needs to Improve Workforce Planning and Accountability
GAO-07-529: Published: Apr 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2007.
In forming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there was concern that moving the U.S. Customs Service into the new DHS would diminish attention given to collection of customs revenue. In recognition of that concern, Congress required that DHS's Customs Border Protection (CBP) not reduce the staff or resources for customs revenue functions. In March 2003, CBP reported a baseline of 2,263 sta...
Joint Strike Fighter: Progress Made and Challenges Remain
GAO-07-360: Published: Mar 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2007.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program--a multinational acquisition program for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight cooperative international partners--is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most expensive aircraft acquisition program. DOD currently estimates it will spend $623 billion to develop, procure, and operate and support the JSF fleet. The JSF aircraft, which includes a variant des...
Army Corps of Engineers: Improved Monitoring and Clear Guidance Would Contribute to More Effective Use of Continuing Contracts
GAO-06-966: Published: Sep 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2006.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is authorized under the River and Harbor Act of 1922 to issue contracts with a continuing contracts clause to carry out certain projects. This allows the Corps to award multi-year contracts without having received appropriations to cover the full contract amount. The Corps has used these contracts for decades, but modified their use in 2005, in response to...
DOD's Overseas Infrastructure Master Plans Continue to Evolve
GAO-06-913R: Published: Aug 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2006.
In 2004, President Bush announced what was described as the most comprehensive restructuring of U.S. military forces overseas since the end of the Korean War. Soon thereafter, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a report titled Strengthening U.S. Global Defense Posture. This report defined the key tenets of the integrated global presence and basing strategy, which outlines troop and basing adju...
Indian Issues: BIA's Efforts to Impose Time Frames and Collect Better Data Should Improve the Processing of Land in Trust Applications
GAO-06-781: Published: Jul 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2006.
In 1980, the Department of the Interior (Interior) established regulations to provide a uniform approach for taking land in trust. Trust status means the government holds title to the land in trust for tribes and individual Indians. Trust land is exempt from state and local taxes. The Secretary of the Interior has delegated primary responsibility for processing, reviewing, and deciding on applicat...
Federal Courthouses: Rent Increases Due to New Space and Growing Energy and Security Costs Require Better Tracking and Management
GAO-06-613: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2006.
The judiciary pays over $900 million in rent annually to GSA for court-related space, and this amount represents a growing proportion of the judiciary's budget. The judiciary's rent payments are deposited into GSA's Federal Buildings Fund (FBF), a revolving fund used to finance GSA's real property services, including the construction and repair of federal facilities under GSA control. In December...
Joint Strike Fighter: DOD Plans to Enter Production before Testing Demonstrates Acceptable Performance
GAO-06-356: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is DOD's most expensive aircraft program. The program represents 90 percent of the remaining planned investment for recapitalizing DOD's aging tactical aircraft fleet. GAO is required by law to review the program annually for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2005. This is our second report and GAO assessed the program's acquisition approach--in terms of capturing kn...