Commerce (71 - 79 of 79 items)
Potential Problem With Federal Tax System Postemployment Conflicts of Interest Can Be Prevented
GGD-81-87: Published: Sep 15, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.
GAO evaluated the administration of the post-Federal employment restrictions by the Departments of Justice and the Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to determine if their controls were adequate to prevent, identify, and remedy conflicts of interest in the Federal tax system. The positions covered in the review were selected because they involved responsibilities conducive to...
Changes Needed To Deter Violations of Fair Labor Standards Act
HRD-81-60: Published: May 28, 1981. Publicly Released: May 28, 1981.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets standards for recordkeeping, minimum wage, overtime pay, and other protections for workers in establishments engaged in interstate and foreign commerce. Noncompliance with the act can severely harm low-wage workers.While the act does protect employee wages when employers voluntarily comply, there are insufficient deterrents to discourage employers from viol...
Further Improvements Needed in EEOC Enforcement Activities
HRD-81-29: Published: Apr 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1981.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces title VII of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The President's 1978 Reorganization Plan increased the authority and responsibility of EEOC and made it the principal agency for enforcing federal equal employment opportunity requirements. In 1976...
More Guidance and Supervision Needed Over Federal Grand Jury Proceedings
GGD-81-18: Published: Oct 16, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1980.
GAO reviewed the procedural and secrecy rules related to grand jury matters and the supervision of grand jury proceedings to determine how well the criminal justice system was accomplishing the purposes of grand jury secrecy and to identify areas needing improvement. By improving the security of grand jury proceedings, the effectiveness of one of the Government's more important tools to combat org...
Views on the Benefits of the Federal Trade Commission's Line-of-Business Form and Assessment of the Benefits of the Program
GGD-79-49: Published: Apr 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1979.
The Line-of-Business (LB) Form to be used by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its collection of financial data from the Nation's largest businesses was approved for the fourth time. After collection of the data, the results are to be analyzed and published to show revenues, costs. profits, and related information on a "line-of-business" or product-line basis.Respondent firms have challenged t...
Reducing Federal Judicial Sentencing and Prosecuting Disparities: A Systemwide Approach Needed
GGD-78-112: Published: Mar 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1979.
Despite considerable attention, differences in the treatment of offenders continue to be a problem throughout the Federal criminal justice system. Although some differences in treatment are necessary, other disparities create doubt about the fairness of the system. The most obvious occur at the time of prosecution and sentencing of defendants who have similar backgrounds and are accused of similar...
Lighting and Thermal Efficiency Standards
EMD-79-32: Published: Mar 8, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1979.
The progress made by the Department of Energy (DOE) in the development of mandatory lighting and thermal efficiency standards for Federal buildings was evaluated.Technical problems are hampering the development of a lighting efficiency standard which would take into account the following factors: nonuniform lighting levels for various building areas; lamp efficiency; lighting controls; and natural...
Correctional Institutions Can Do More To Improve the Employability of Offenders
GGD-79-13: Published: Feb 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1979.
The inadequacies in education and training programs in Federal and State correctional institutions for improving the employability of offenders has caused much concern. Most offenders are not prepared to obtain and maintain legitimate employment. They need basic education, marketable vocational skills, social skills, and placement assistance.The opportunities for offenders to improve their legitim...
Is the Administrative Flexibility Originally Provided to the U.S. Railway Association Still Needed?
CED-78-19: Published: Feb 22, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1978.
The United States Railway Association (USRA) is a non-profit, mixed ownership Government corporation created under the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973 to develop and carry out a plan to reorganize bankrupt railroads in the Midwest and Northeast. It has broad discretion in the use of its administrative expense appropriations, and its employees are not Federal Government employees. Therefor...