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Inspectors General: Proposals to Strengthen Independence and Accountability
GAO-07-1021T: Published: Jun 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2007.
H.R. 928, Improving Government Accountability Act, contains proposals intended to enhance the independence of the inspectors general and to create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. This testimony provides information and views about the specific proposals based on GAO's prior work. We believe that effective, ongoing coordination of the federal oversight efforts of GA...
Cigarette Smuggling: Federal Law Enforcement Efforts and Seizures Increasing
GAO-04-641: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2004.
Illegal trafficking in cigarettes can generate enormous profits and is purportedly a multibillion dollar a year enterprise. As cigarette taxes increase, so do the incentives for criminal organizations to smuggle cigarettes into the United States. Cigarette smuggling results in lost tax revenues, undermines government health policy objectives, can attract sophisticated and organized criminal groups...
Unfunded Mandates: Analysis of Reform Act Coverage
GAO-04-637: Published: May 12, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) was enacted to address concerns about federal statutes and rules that require state, local, and tribal governments or the private sector to expend resources to achieve legislative goals. UMRA generates information about the nature and size of potential federal mandates to assist Congress and agency decision makers in their consideration of proposed l...
Posthearing Questions Related to Government Organization
GAO-04-365R: Published: Jan 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2004.
On September 17, GAO testified before Congress at the Human Capital Planning: Exploring the National Commission on the Public Service's Recommendations for Reorganizing the Federal Government hearing. This report provides answers to follow-up questions from the hearing.Executive reorganization authority can facilitate certain reorganizations and has been granted in the past year. However, the natu...
Indian Issues: Spokane Tribe's Additional Compensation Claim for the Grand Coulee Dam
GAO-04-125T: Published: Oct 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2003.
The Grand Coulee Dam was constructed on the Columbia River in northeastern Washington State from 1933 to 1942. The reservoir behind the dam covers land on the Colville Reservation along the Columbia River and land on the adjacent Spokane Reservation along both the Columbia and Spokane rivers. Under a 1940 act, the federal government paid $63,000 and $4,700 to the Colville and Spokane tribes, respe...
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...
Limited 'Voided Arrest' Data From Federal, State, and Local Agencies
GAO-02-209R: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2001.
A "voided arrest" is any arrest resulting in the release of a person without the filing of formal charges, dismissal of proceedings against the person arrested, or a determination that the arrest was without probable cause. GAO's ongoing review of the number of "voided arrests," originally intended to support the Clear Your Good Name Act, was closed out because of the impact of the September 11 te...
U.S. Customs Service: Observations on Selected Operations and Program Issues
GAO-01-968T: Published: Jul 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2001.
This testimony discusses three issues on selected U.S. Customs Service programs and operations. First, concerning the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), a more capable import processing system designed to replace Customs' current aging and error-prone system, GAO concluded that Customs' plan constituted a reasonable first step on a complex, long-term modernization program. Pursuant to its obl...
Aviation Competition: Challenges in Enhancing Competition in Dominated Markets
GAO-01-518T: Published: Mar 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2001.
The major network carriers dominate traffic at most of their large hubs and extensive evidence exists that fares in markets where competition is absent are consistently above competitive levels. GAO believes that the oversight scheme contemplated when the industry was deregulated--with antitrust enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and oversight of unfair trade practices by the Departmen...
Customs Service: Effects of Proposed Legislation on Officers' Pay
GAO-01-304: Published: Jan 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2001.
GAO reviewed the effects of proposed legislation--H.R. 1833--on the pay of officers at the U.S. Customs Service. The proposal would amend the 1911 Act governing Customs officers' overtime and premium pay, and it would more closely align Customs differential pay with that of other federal agencies. Should the provision be enacted, Customs officers would be limited to the amount and times for which...