Commerce (51 - 60 of 79 items)
Department of Energy Needs To Develop Better Guidance for Settling Oil Overcharge Cases With Long-Term Payment Provisions
RCED-85-120: Published: Aug 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Economic Regulatory Administration (ERA) audits of oil companies to ensure that they comply with federal petroleum pricing regulations. When an oil company is found to have overcharged for petroleum products, DOE negotiates a settlement agreement with the company that provides for payments by the company to the government. Pursuant to a congressional r...
The Establishment of Alternative Corporations by Selected Legal Services Corporation Grant Recipients
HRD-85-51: Published: Aug 22, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain alternative corporations that were established by three Legal Services Corporation (LSC) grant recipients to determine: (1) how and why the alternative corporations were established; (2) whether the establishment of the corporations complied with the Legal Services Corporation Act and regulations; and (3) whether the grant recipients and al...
Early Assessment of Interior's Area-Wide Program for Leasing Offshore Lands
RCED-85-66: Published: Jul 15, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the impact of recent areawide sales for leasing offshore lands, including the Department of the Interior's: (1) new bid-acceptance procedures for ensuring that it receives fair market value for leased offshore lands; and (2) streamlined presale planning process for providing states and others affected by offshore activities an opportunity to parti...
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Should Report on Progress in Implementing Lessons Learned From the Three Mile Island Accident
RCED-85-72: Published: Jul 19, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) implementation of the Three Mile Island Action Plan to improve the operation and regulation of commercial nuclear facilities and the progress made by utility companies that operate nuclear power plants.GAO found that: (1) most of the work on the Action Plan has been completed; (2) NRC assigned a higher priority to items considered to have the...
Better Inspection Management Would Improve Oversight of Operating Nuclear Plants
RCED-85-5: Published: Apr 24, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) management of its operating nuclear power plant inspection program, including: (1) the NRC response to investigative findings concerning the Three Mile Island accident in 1979; (2) documentation for inspection program policies and procedures; and (3) the design and management of the inspection program. To oversee nuclear power plant operations...
Presentence Evaluations of Offenders Can Be More Responsive to the Needs of the Judiciary
GGD-85-14: Published: Apr 9, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1985.
In order to report on how presentence psychiatric evaluations can be improved, GAO reviewed: (1) 157 cases where offenders were committed to the Federal Prison System for observation and study; and (2) 83 local studies ordered during fiscal year (FY) 1981.GAO found that the observation and study process has not been as useful as it could be because the Judicial Conference of the United States and...
Improvements Needed in the Department of the Interior's Acquisition of Geophysical Data
RCED-85-9: Published: Nov 20, 1984. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's policies and practices for acquiring geophysical data which are important to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in its evaluation of the petroleum potential of offshore lands.Companies which conduct exploration and development of offshore oil and gas are required to provide geophysical data to Interior upon re...
Justice Can Improve Its Contract Review Committee's Contribution to Better Contracting
GGD-84-97: Published: Sep 28, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated how successful the Department of Justice's Contract Review Committee (CRC) has been in conducting preaward reviews of contracts over $100,000, sole-source contracts over $50,000, and potentially controversial contracts.GAO found that Justice contracting officials believe that CRC has improved the Justice contracts which it reviewed and improved Ju...
Accuracy, Cost, and Users of the Consolidated Federal Funds Report
AFMD-85-1: Published: Oct 1, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1984.
In accordance with the Consolidated Federal Funds Report Act, GAO examined the accuracy of the data in the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR), its cost, and its potential users.CFFR for fiscal year (FY) 1983 provided statistical data on the geographic distribution of federal funds to states, counties, and cities in a two-volume document and a computer tape. The estimated cost for 1983 CFFR w...
Justice Needs Better Controls Over Payment of Witness Fees
GGD-84-61: Published: Jul 12, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1984.
GAO reviewed how three U.S. attorney's offices and three U.S. Marshals Service offices manage the use of and payments to fact witnesses and to experts who testify at trials or in nontrial activities.GAO found that the Department of Justice is not following its policy regarding the approved use of and payments to fact witnesses, and U.S. Marshals offices are processing fact witness payments without...