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Medical Technology: Quality Assurance Needs Stronger Management Emphasis and Higher Priority
PEMD-92-10: Published: Feb 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA): (1) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance program, established to define and enforce quality assurance in medical device manufacturing; and (2) inspections and compliance actions.GAO found that: (1) FDA has changed its interpretation of the original 1978 GMP regulations, shifting to more stringent r...
Securities Markets: Challenges to Harmonizing International Capital Standards Remain
GGD-92-41: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
GAO reported on international efforts to harmonize capital standards for securities firms and for banks' securities activities, focusing on the implications of those harmonization efforts for U.S. capital standards.GAO found that: (1) securities market regulators in such major markets as Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom generally support efforts to harmonize capital standards; (2)...
Travel Advisories: State Needs Better Practices for Informing Americans of Dangers Overseas
NSIAD-91-249: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of State's policies and procedures for issuing travel advisories and notices of potential dangers to overseas travellers.GAO found that: (1) State lacked official written policies and procedures on issuing travel advisories and notices, especially those mentioning crime conditions; (2) even though State's guidance to o...
Asset Forfeiture: Noncash Property Should Be Consolidated Under the Marshals Service
GGD-91-97: Published: Jun 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1991.
GAO reported on various aspects of the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and the Treasury asset forfeiture programs, focusing on: (1) compliance with the legislative requirement to develop and maintain a joint plan to coordinate and consolidate the post-seizure administration of properties seized for drug-related violations; and (2) the potential cost savings if all drug- and nondrug-related seizures w...
Asset Forfeiture: Need for Stronger Marshals Service Oversight of Commercial Real Property
GGD-91-82: Published: May 31, 1991. Publicly Released: May 31, 1991.
GAO reported on various aspects of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) and the U.S. Customs Service's asset forfeiture programs.GAO found that: (1) the failure of U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) districts to follow policy in performing such key program activities as those relating to high-value commercial real properties resulted in a weakened internal control environment; (2) the lack of Assistant U.S...
U.S. Attorneys: Better Models Can Reduce Resource Disparities Among Offices
GGD-91-39: Published: Mar 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) process for allocating attorneys among the 94 U.S. Attorney offices.GAO found that: (1) between 1980 and 1989, the number of criminal matters and cases U.S. Attorneys handled increased by 36 percent, and the number of civil matters and cases increased by about 7 percent; (2) the U.S. Attorneys' offic...
Investment Advisers: Current Level of Oversight Puts Investors at Risk
GGD-90-83: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) regulation of investment advisers.GAO found that: (1) since 1980, the number of financial advisers has tripled from about 4,600 to about 14,000, and the assets they manage have increased from about $440 billion to about $4.6 trillion; (2) investment advisers provide investors little assurance that the...
U.S. Sentencing Commission: Changes Needed to Improve Effectiveness
T-GGD-90-17: Published: Mar 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1990.
GAO discussed the United States Sentencing Commission's management and operations. GAO noted that the Commission: (1) had not established a plan to guide its efforts after developing sentencing guidelines; (2) did not, until recently, establish clear lines of authority or define a central role for the staff director; (3) experienced vacancies and turnover in key positions, and went without a resea...
U.S. Information Agency: Inappropriate Uses of Educational and Cultural Exchange Visas
NSIAD-90-61: Published: Feb 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the activities of international visitors participating in educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States under J visas.GAO found that: (1) although participants' activities were generally consistent with the intent of the J-visa program in encouraging cultural and educational exchange, some activities involved employment with no...
Asset Forfeiture: An Update
T-GGD-89-17: Published: Apr 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1989.
GAO discussed how the Customs Service and the Department of Justice (DOJ) could more quickly process seized assets. GAO noted that: (1) such seized assets as cash and real estate have increased by 3,200 percent since 1979, now totalling $1.1 billion; (2) both Customs and DOJ used their asset forfeiture funds to finance program expenses, share with state and local law enforcement agencies, and fund...