Congressional oversight (11 - 20 of 35 items)
Analysis of Proposed Legislation: H.R. 4709, H.R. 4895, and S. 1131
B-204733: Published: Mar 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
In 1977, GAO reported that, although the government's bill payment performance was more often good than bad, lengthy delays did occur, and many contractors believed they were not paid promptly. The payment problem was costing the government unnecessary interest payments and causing some contractors to stop offering discounts. The cost to the government could amount to hundreds of millions of dolla...
Comments on H.R. 1130 and H.R. 2547
B-170612,B-202803: Published: May 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO was requested to comment on H.R. 1130 and H.R. 2547. Both bills closely resemble earlier versions of sunset legislation. Each bill seeks a more systematic process for congressional review and reauthorization of government activities, an objective that GAO has strongly supported in testimony before several congressional committees during the last several Congresses...
Recurring Reports to Congress--Efforts To Eliminate or Modify Certain Reporting Requirements
AFMD-85-49: Published: Apr 1, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1985.
After an Office of Management and Budget survey to identify unneeded executive reports to Congress, GAO identified several reporting requirements which it believes that Congress should consider in legislative proposals designed to achieve cost savings and eliminate or modify unneeded reporting requirements.GAO found that the original purpose for the Secretary of the Interior's report on oil well s...
126478: Jan 1, 1985
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Winter 1985, discussed congressional comments on the effectiveness of GAO, the new Deficit Reduction Act, guaranteed student loan tax-exempt bonds, the Medicare and Medicaid Budget Reconciliation Amendments of 1984, legislation which provided a statutory base for the procurement protest system, Congressional Budget Office and GAO bu...
Use of Government Vehicles for Home-to-Work Transportation
NSIAD-84-27: Published: Dec 13, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the practice by executive departments and agencies of providing home-to-work transportation to certain employees, focusing on: (1) the amounts of overtime incurred by chauffeurs and drivers and the need for it; (2) the validity of agencies' justification for such transportation; and (3) the cost effectiveness of using alternative methods of tra...
[Comments on H.R. 3204]
B-83775: Published: Sep 9, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1983.
GAO was requested to comment on H.R. 3204, which would submit most rules and regulations promulgated by the Executive Branch agencies to congressional scrutiny and possible legislative veto by either House. GAO stated that recent changes in the manner and extent to which information is required to be reported to Congress may make the reporting provision in this bill unnecessary. GAO also expressed...
Proposed National Technical Information Service Revolving Fund
RCED-83-218: Published: Sep 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined selected activities and functions of the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service (NTIS) clearinghouse, focusing on the need to establish a new revolving fund as proposed by companion bills H.R. 2514 and S. 808. The current NTIS special fund facilitates payments to cover most operating costs associated with its information...
Inconsistencies in Administration of the Criminal Justice Act
GGD-83-18: Published: Feb 8, 1983. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1983.
GAO reviewed the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) to determine the adequacy of the guidelines and directives provided to the district courts for implementing the act, the consistency with which the act is being implemented, and the adequacy of financial controls over funds provided by the act.The act enables the government to provide legal representation for defendants in federal c...
H.R. 6005: The Congressional Reports Elimination Act of 1982
119119: Jul 29, 1982
GAO discussed a proposed bill which would discontinue or amend certain requirements for agency reports to Congress. The bill would eliminate or modify approximately 200 mandated reporting requirements, thereby decreasing the workload and cost of Government operations. The Office of Management and Budget estimated that passage of the bill would save the Government more than $10 million annually. GA...
Views on S. 2171
B-206888: Published: Apr 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1982.
Legislation has been proposed which would stimulate the development and rehabilitation of affordable multifamily rental housing. The purpose of the bill is to: (1) increase the Nation's stock of rental and cooperative housing; and (2) reduce housing costs by encouraging the construction and rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing projects and cooperative housing projects for families and indi...