Proposed legislation (21 - 30 of 41 items)
Comments on H.R. 316
B-202303: Published: Jun 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1981.
By congressional request, GAO commented on H.R. 316. The intent of this bill is to protect individuals and businesses against untimely Government regulatory enforcement with respect to their otherwise private business or personal endeavors. The bill would provide a uniform 4-year limit on the time that any agency could require a person to retain records. While GAO believes that reducing records re...
S. 1120, the Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Reduction Act of 1981
115534: Jun 9, 1981
Legislation has been proposed which would reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in Government by an across-the-board 2 percent reservation of funds for fiscal years 1982 and 1983. GAO questions whether this approach will achieve the bill's objective. It expressed concern that the bill would create disincentives to reporting waste, fraud, and abuse, and that it establishes procedures which are duplicativ...
Comments on H.R. 2161
B-196663: Published: Apr 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
Legislation has been proposed to improve information practices in the insurance industry and to amend the Privacy Act of 1974. GAO believes that the portion of the bill requiring that an individual subject to an adverse underwriting decision be informed by insurers of the fact and of his rights under the law is consistent with its assessment that consumers should be informed of the reasons behind...
H.R. 6768, a Bill To Reform the Selection and Oversight of Administrative Law Judges
112263: May 6, 1980
The need for changes in how Federal Administrative Law Judges (ALJ's) are managed and solutions for reforming the selection and evaluation of ALJ's as proposed by a House bill are discussed. Presently, there are about 1,100 ALJ's who work in 29 agencies, with about 60 percent of them working for the Social Security Administration on benefit claims cases. What makes ALJ's different from other Feder...
Comments on Proposed Food-Labeling Regulations
CED-80-89: Published: Apr 21, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1980.
An analysis of food-labeling positions proposed by the Departments of Agriculture and Health, Education, and Welfare and the Federal Trade Commission was undertaken. The analysis focused on the agencies' intent to begin implementing new regulations and drafting new laws to correct the complex and sometimes duplicative and/or inconsistent regulations in effect. The agencies' method of correction is...
Comments on H.R. 5646
B-196663: Published: Jan 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1980.
Proposed legislation would extend disclosure coverage to certain insurance records and improve information practices in the insurance industry, among other purposes. Under the bill, insurance records of consumers would be protected from disclosure in a similar manner to that presently provided by the Privacy Act for records systems maintained by Federal agencies. The bill addresses: expectations o...
Comments on H.R. 5525
B-195505: Published: Jan 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1980.
Legislation has been proposed which concerns the procurement and supply of personal property and nonpersonal services by the General Services Administration. Some of the bill's provisions are broadly drafted and could have a far-reaching impact on well-established aspects of the Federal procurement process. The bill is intended solely to respond to a GAO report on the multiple award schedule progr...
Comments on Public Law 95-507
111018: Dec 4, 1979
Questions have arisen concerning a delay in implementing an amendment to the Small Business Act. The amendment provides for small business concerns of disadvantaged owners to have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of Federal contracts. It requires many contracts to contain provisions for subcontracting plans which are designed to achieve the statutory aims. The questions co...
Views on S. 1878, 96th Congress
110601: Oct 16, 1979
Views were presented on proposed legislation to facilitate the General Accounting Office's performance of its duty. Several features of the bill and the ways in which it would aid GAO were reviewed. The bill provides GAO with authority to audit so-called "vouchered" or confidential funds provided to a number of federal agencies, including the Presidency. The confidentiality of these accounts would...
Comments on Bill To Reform Contracting Procedures and Contract Supervisory Practices of the Federal Government
110586: Oct 15, 1979
A report by GAO detailed the following problems in the General Services Administration (GSA) $2 billion multiple award schedule program: (1) unrestricted growth of the multiple award schedule program to the point where the size of the program hampers effective management; (2) lack of assurance that the best price was being obtained during contract negotiation; (3) federal agencies not buying the l...