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Federal Law Enforcement: Selected Issues in Human Capital Management
GAO-03-1034T: Published: Jul 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2003.
Many federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area have their own police forces to ensure the security and safety of the persons and property within and surrounding federal buildings. In the executive branch, for example, the Secret Service has over 1,000 uniformed officers protecting the White House, the Treasury Building, and other facilities used by the Executive Office of the Pre...
Results-Oriented Cultures: Implementation Steps to Assist Mergers and Organizational Transformations
GAO-03-669: Published: Jul 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2003.
The Comptroller General convened a forum in September 2002 to identify useful practices and lessons learned from major private and public sector mergers, acquisitions, and organizational transformations. This was done to help federal agencies implement successful transformations of their cultures, as well as the new Department of Homeland Security merge its various originating components into a...
Firearms Controls: Federal Agencies Have Firearms Controls, but Could Strengthen Controls in Key Areas
GAO-03-688: Published: Jun 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
In March 2001, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General reported that the Immigration and Naturalization Service could not account for over 500 of its firearms. Furthermore, in July 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed that 449 of its firearms were lost or stolen. Given the possible threat that lost, stolen, or missing firearms poses to the public, GAO assessed (1) the...
Appointment and Qualifications of U.S. Marshals
GAO-03-499R: Published: Apr 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2003.
The U.S. Marshal Service was created by the first Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789. U.S. Marshals were placed in each federal judicial district and were given broad authority to support the federal courts and to carry out all lawful orders issued by judges, Congress, and the President. Early duties of U.S. Marshals included taking the census, distributing presidential proclamations, protectin...
Federal Programs: Ethnographic Studies Can Inform Agencies' Actions
GAO-03-455: Published: Mar 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
In this time of emphasis on performance and results, federal agencies and congressional committees can benefit from knowing the full range of social science methods that can help them improve the programs they oversee. Among the methods they might consider are those of ethnography, derived from anthropology. However, information about the past and present uses of ethnography to improve federal pro...
South Florida Restoration: Task Force Needs to Improve Science Coordination to Increase the Likelihood of Success
GAO-03-345: Published: Mar 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2003.
Restoration of the South Florida ecosystem is a significant federal and state priority, requiring the development and use of extensive scientific information. GAO was asked to report on the funds spent on scientific activities for restoration, the gaps that exist in scientific information, and the extent to which scientific activities are being coordinated.From fiscal years 1993 through 2002, fede...
Civil Penalties: Agencies Unable to Fully Adjust Penalties for Inflation Under Current Law
GAO-03-409: Published: Mar 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2003.
Civil penalties are an important element of regulatory enforcement, allowing agencies to punish violators appropriately and to serve as a deterrent to future violations. In 1996, Congress enacted the Inflation Adjustment Act to require agencies to adjust certain penalties for inflation. GAO assessed federal agencies' compliance with the act and whether provisions in the act have prevented agencies...
The American Community Survey: Accuracy and Timeliness Issues
GAO-02-956R: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2002.
GAO has reviewed several major issues associated with the proposed full implementation of the American Community Survey (ACS) by the Bureau of the Census for 2003. If the ACS is approved, this mandatory mail survey would cost from $120 to $150 million a year, and would require responses from a sample of 3 million households to some 60 to 70 questions. The ACS would replace the decennial census lon...
Commercial Activities Panel: Improving the Sourcing Decisions of the Federal Government
GAO-02-847T: Published: Sep 27, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2002.
The Commercial Activities Panel is a congressionally mandated panel to study and make recommendations for improving the policies and procedures governing the transfer of commercial activities from government to contractor personnel. The growing controversy surrounding competitions, under the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76 to determine whether the government should obtain commercia...
Inspectors General: Office Consolidation and Related Issues
GAO-02-575: Published: Aug 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2002.
There are currently 57 inspectors general (IG) subject to the Inspector General Act of 1978 or similar statutory provisions. The President appoints 29 IGs who are confirmed by the Senate. Twenty-eight IGs in designated federal entities (DFE IGs) are appointed by their agency heads. GAO developed a survey that included key elements related to IG independence, quality of work, and resources. Respon...