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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...
Commerce's Trade Functions
GGD-95-195R: Published: Jun 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined several proposals to consolidate federal trade activities and reorganize the Department of Commerce, focusing on: (1) the role Commerce plays in trade; and (2) past efforts to reorganize federal trade activities. GAO noted that: (1) Commerce plays a significant role in export promotion and trade policymaking, negotiating, regulation, and data colle...
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...
Revision of Excess and Surplus Property Biennial Reporting Requirement
T-GGD-88-49: Published: Aug 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1988.
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would modify its biennial reporting requirements under the General Services Administration's (GSA) program for transfers of excess personal property and donations of surplus personal property. GAO found that: (1) its past reports fully determined the effects of Public Law 94-519 and met Congress' objective to have GAO independently evaluate the program; and...
Proposal To Reorganize NRC
T-RCED-88-37: Published: Apr 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1988.
GAO discussed the proposed Nuclear Regulation Reorganization and Reform Act of 1988, which would: (1) establish a Nuclear Safety Agency to assume the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) functions; (2) make one administrator accountable for nuclear regulation; and (3) create an inspector general and a Nuclear Reactor Safety Investigations Board to ensure adequate consideration of programmatic, te...
Comments on H.R. 5103
B-205817: Published: Dec 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO was asked to present comments on H.R. 5103, the Civil Aeronautics Board Sunset Act of 1981. The bill provides for the orderly transfer of Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) functions to other agencies. The provisions of the bill are consistent with the prior GAO recommendation concerning the transfer of CAB functions to other agencies. Therefore, no comments or suggestions were offered on the propo...
Comments on Senate Bill 489
B-202710: Published: Jun 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO commented on the proposed Productivity Improvement Act. The bill reflects the GAO belief that a strong and effective federal effort is needed to counter the nation's declining productivity growth. GAO urges favorable consideration of this bill. The current Productivity Council has been relatively inactive and has largely ignored the functions assigned to it. It has not provided guidance to fed...
[Comments on H.R. 5620]
B-214417: Published: Aug 8, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1984.
GAO expressed its opposition to a provision, contained in legislation to reauthorize the Low-Income Energy Assistance Block Grant, H.R. 5620. The provision would require GAO to evaluate state expenditures under the block grant at least every 3 years. Existing law provides an effective means to accomplish this oversight while affording GAO flexibility as to its timing and frequency. GAO is concerne...
[Comments on H.R. 5646]
B-215054: Published: Jul 11, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided comments on H.R. 5646, which would extend the authority under which agencies' Inspectors General and the President may grant cash awards to Federal employees who disclose incidents of fraud, waste, or mismanagement within the Government. GAO stated that it supports enactment of the bill because most agencies are still in the early stages of impleme...
Federal and State Efforts To Protect Ground Water
RCED-84-80: Published: Feb 21, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to protect the nation's ground water supplies.About 50 percent of the nation's population depends on ground water for its drinking water supply. Ground water use has increased greatly in recent years and concern has grown regarding ground water contamination problems. GAO found that there is no comprehensive national datab...