Proposed legislation (31 - 40 of 480 items)
H.R. 3078, The Federal Agency Anti-Lobbying Act
T-OGC-96-18: Published: May 15, 1996. Publicly Released: May 15, 1996.
GAO provided information on the proposed Federal Agency Anti-Lobbying Act, focusing on: (1) the role that the legislation would play in investigating alleged anti-lobbying restrictions; (2) the lobbying activities that H.R. 3078 would restrict; and (3) the potential impact of H.R. 3078 on the GAO workload. GAO noted that: (1) the legislation would not affect its role in investigating anti-lobbying...
Health Care Fraud: Information-Sharing Proposals to Improve Enforcement Efforts
GGD-96-101: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the extent of federal and state immunity laws protecting persons who report health care fraud; and (2) evidence for and against establishing a centralized health care fraud database.GAO found that: (1) there are no federal immunity protections for persons who report alleged health care fraud to law enforcement agencies; (2) the only federal p...
Government Statistics: Proposal to Form a Federal Statistical Service
T-GGD-96-93: Published: Mar 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1996.
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would create a Federal Statistical Service by consolidating the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). GAO noted that: (1) any reorganization of these agencies should consider the principles of coordination, goal orientation, organization, implementation, and oversight; (2) coordination among statistic...
Fraud and Abuse Provisions in H.R. 3063
HEHS-96-111R: Published: Mar 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proposed Health Coverage Availability and Affordability Act's fraud and abuse provisions. GAO noted that: (1) unlike a previous bill, the proposed legislation does not make it more difficult to prove criminal liability for making kickbacks for service referrals, but it does continue to propose significant enforcement curtailment under certain M...
[Comments on FWS Employee's Participation in Press Conference]
B-262234: Published: Dec 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) employee's participation in a press conference violated the Department of the Interior Appropriations Act. GAO noted that FWS improperly expended appropriated funds to pay for the employee's participation in the press conference, since the employee intended to promote public opposition to the proposed...
FDA Export Reform
HEHS-96-60R: Published: Dec 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed drug export legislation that would allow the export of drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), focusing on the: (1) criteria that Congress could use to identify whether countries have adequate drug regulatory systems; and (2) implications of applying those criteria to other countries. GAO noted that: (1) the World Hea...
Federal Courthouse Construction: More Disciplined Approach Would Reduce Costs and Provide for Better Decisionmaking
T-GGD-96-19: Published: Nov 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1995.
GAO discussed the General Services Administration's (GSA) courthouse construction initiative, focusing on: (1) the GSA approach for meeting federal courthouse needs; (2) controls over courthouse construction design and costs; and (3) efforts to improve the initiative. GAO noted that: (1) although GSA and the judiciary have processes to identify courthouse needs, they have not developed a strategic...
CFTC/SEC Enforcement Programs: Status and Potential Impact of a Merger
T-GGD-96-36: Published: Oct 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) discussed the effectiveness of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) enforcement program; (2) compared the CFTC enforcement program to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) enforcement program; and (3) described the potential effects of a merger on CFTC enforcement activities. GAO noted that: (1) it is premature to judge the effectiv...
Fraud and Abuse Provisions in H.R. 2425
HEHS-96-37R: Published: Oct 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the fraud and abuse provisions in H.R. 2425, focusing on proposed changes to Medicare anti-kickback and civil monetary penalty laws. GAO noted that the proposed changes to the: (1) Medicare anti-kickback law would make it more difficult to prove liability and easier to disguise the intent behind kickback arrangements, and avoid prosecution; and (2)...
Comments on Deletion of FTS 2000 Provision from 1996 Appropriation Act
B-261944: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided on opinion on the deletion of the FTS 2000 mandatory utilization provision from the fiscal year 1996 Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriation Act. GAO noted that the: (1) provision's deletion would not affect current FTS 2000 contracts, since the General Services Administration has adequate independent authority under current...