Proposed legislation (61 - 70 of 480 items)
Customs Service: Comments on the Customs Modernization and Informed Compliance Act
T-GGD-92-22: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would authorize a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) to electronically process imported goods. GAO noted that NCAP would also establish NCAP goals to ensure that all customs regulations and rulings are administered and enforced in a manner that: (1) is uniform and consistent; (2) is minimally intrusive on the normal flow of business activity; and (3)...
U.S. Customs Service: Limitations in Collecting Harbor Maintenance Fees
GGD-92-25: Published: Dec 23, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Customs Service's efforts to collect the harbor maintenance fee (HMF) for use of harbors and ports.GAO found that: (1) Customs primarily uses fee collections to pay the Army Corps of Engineers' port and harbor improvement and maintenance costs; (2) since the inception of its collection operation in 1987, Customs has reported HMF collections of...
Defined Benefit Pensions: Hidden Liabilities From Underfunded Plans and Potential New Obligations Confront PBGC
T-HRD-92-6: Published: Oct 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1991.
GAO discussed some of the financial problems facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), focusing on how hidden liabilities affect PBGC. GAO noted that: (1) the current threat to PBGC comes from a few seriously underfunded plans in industries experiencing financial troubles; (2) it is difficult to estimate future PBGC liabilities because of difficulties in predicting if or when underfu...
Tax Policy: Issues and Policy Proposals Regarding Tax Treatment of Intangible Assets
GGD-91-88: Published: Aug 9, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the extent to which business taxpayers can deduct the price they pay for intangible assets, focusing on: (1) types of deductible intangible assets and their claimed values and useful lives; (2) industries claiming such deductions; and (3) various proposals for revising intangible asset tax rules.GAO found that: (1) Internal Re...
Environmental Protection: Meeting Public Expectations With Limited Resources
RCED-91-97: Published: Jun 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1991.
GAO provided information on approaches by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress to make environmental programs more cost-effective.GAO found that: (1) EPA estimated that by 2000, the United States could be spending $160 billion annually on pollution control, almost 90 percent more than it spent in 1987; (2) the federal budget deficit restricted the government's ability to adequate...
[Comments on Legislative Proposals on Automated Import Information Processing]
B-243759: Published: Jun 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 1991.
GAO commented on proposed legislation regarding automated import information processing. GAO noted that the two proposals: (1) would authorize major Customs Service automation changes dealing with the electronic transmission and filing of import information; and (2) specified different time frames for implementing automation changes and different provisions dealing with fraud investigations, impor...
Drug Control: Implementation of the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988
GGD-91-56BR: Published: Apr 3, 1991. Publicly Released: May 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) implementation of the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988 (CDTA), enacted to increase the regulation and detection of legally manufactured chemicals used to manufacture and process illegal drugs.GAO found that: (1) CDTA did not require chemical handlers to register with the federal government;...
Solid Waste: Trade-offs Involved in Beverage Container Deposit Legislation
RCED-91-25: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential effects of a national beverage container deposit law.GAO found that: (1) beverage industry representatives reported that the capital and operating costs to implement deposit systems would hurt retailers and distributors because of additional transportation, storage, and labor costs; (2) beverage and container manufactur...
Motor Vehicle Safety: Information on Recent Controversy Between NHTSA and Consumer Group
RCED-90-221: Published: Sep 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed controversies and conflicts between a private consumer group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), focusing on: (1) NHTSA closing of 25 safety-defect investigations; (2) proposals for judicial reviews of NHTSA decisions to deny petitions to open safety-defect investigations; (3) whether the group's allegations hindered NHT...
Prison Expansion: Program to Identify DOD Property for Prison Use Could Be Improved
GGD-90-110: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Commission on Alternative Utilization of Military Facilities and the Department of Defense (DOD) adequately considered military property for conversion to minimum security prisons as an alternative to new prison construction.GAO found that: (1) as of September 1990, the Commission had not identified any DOD property for conversion to...