Commerce (21 - 30 of 79 items)
Federal Grants: More Can Be Done to Improve Weed and Seed Program Management
GGD-99-110: Published: Jul 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Weed and Seed Program, focusing on how: (1) the program is managed by DOJ's Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS); (2) EOWS monitors local Weed and Seed sites to ensure that grant requirements are met; (3) EOWS determines when sites have become self-sustaining; and (4) EOWS and selected s...
Tennessee Valley Authority: Future Study of Lake Levels Should Involve Public and Consider Costs and Benefits
RCED-99-154: Published: May 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) management of its multipurpose tributary projects, focusing on: (1) the purposes served by TVA's multipurpose tributary projects and how TVA operates these projects within its integrated system; (2) the operational changes TVA made to these projects as a result of its December 1990 review of its project operat...
Tennessee Valley Authority: Assessment of the 10-Year Business Plan
AIMD-99-142: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) 10-year business plan, focusing on whether the 10-year plan: (1) addresses key issues facing TVA; (2) takes into consideration all applicable costs and revenue sources; (3) contains goals and assumptions that are achievable or reasonable and in line with industry estimates and expectations; and...
Customs Service Modernization: Serious Management and Technical Weaknesses Must Be Corrected
AIMD-99-41: Published: Feb 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Customs Service's management of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), focusing on whether Customs has adequately justified ACE cost-effectiveness.GAO noted that: (1) Customs is not managing ACE effectively, and it does not have a firm basis for concluding that ACE is a cost-effective solution to modernizing its commercial environment; (2)...
Customs Service: Process for Estimating and Allocating Inspectional Personnel
GGD-98-107: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Custom Service's drug enforcement operations, focusing on: (1) how Customs assesses its needs for inspectional personnel and allocates such resources to commercial cargo ports of entry; (2) whether Customs received all the additional inspectional personnel its assessments indicated it needed and, if not, why it did not recei...
U.S. Agricultural Exports: Strong Growth Likely But U.S. Export Assistance Programs' Contribution Uncertain
NSIAD-97-260: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) the way in which the 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) will likely affect U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) the continued relevance of U.S. agricultural export assistance programs.GAO noted that: (1) agricultural experts generally expect that FAIR's domestic policy reforms will modestly contribute to increased U.S. ag...
Regulatory Reinvention: EPA's Common Sense Initiative Needs an Improved Operating Framework and Progress Measures
RCED-97-164: Published: Jul 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the progress of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Common Sense Initiative toward its goal of finding "cleaner, cheaper, smarter" ways of reducing or preventing pollution and the methods EPA uses to measure progress.GAO noted that: (1) in the almost 3 years the Initiative has been under way, it has produced three formal recommendations to...
Measuring U.S.-Canada Trade: Shifting Trade Winds May Threaten Recent Progress
GGD-94-4: Published: Jan 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1994.
GAO reviewed the current systems and processes used for measuring trade between the United States and Canada, focusing on: (1) how these systems are affected by changes in the trade environment; and (2) the United States' and Canada's ability to produce accurate and complete trade data.GAO found that: (1) U.S. exports to Canada and other countries have been undercounted because the Customs Service...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Delays in Processing Time-Sensitive Stock Filings
GGD-93-130: Published: Aug 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) processing of time-sensitive securities market information.GAO found that: (1) SEC discloses time-sensitive securities information to the public within 1 business day after it receives the filings; (2) SEC took 2 or more business days to process about 16 percent of the filings it received by mail durin...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Effective Development of the EDGAR System Requires Top Management Attention
IMTEC-92-85: Published: Sep 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) efforts to develop the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system.GAO found that: (1) SEC efforts to develop the EDGAR system have been marked by significant cost overruns and schedule delays; (2) the developing contractor's description of the system's user require...