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GAO Views on H.R. 5184
123751: Mar 27, 1984
Testimony was given on proposed legislation which would encourage federal agencies to base their contract awards on competition to the maximum extent practical. GAO generally supports this legislation; however, there are a few areas of the bill in which GAO believes that refinements would be useful. The bill would preclude an agency from either awarding a contract or continuing contract performanc...
123796: Jan 1, 1984
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Winter 1984, describes proposed legislation which would: (1) establish uniform single financial audit requirements for recipients of Federal aid; (2) provide for a plan to test new procurement methods and procedures; (3) authorize heads of agencies to contract with law firms for the litigation of Government debt; (4) require Federal...
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...
Using Barter To Acquire Needed Stockpile Materials
122669: Oct 19, 1983
Testimony was given on the use of bartering to acquire strategic and critical materials for the National Defense Stockpile and on H.R. 3544, which is intended to facilitate the use of barter in acquiring these materials. Of the numerous Federal agencies involved with the stockpile or barter, the Department of Agriculture and the General Services Administration have primary authority and responsibi...
The Trade Reorganization Act of 1983, S. 121
121343: May 12, 1983
Testimony was given concerning proposed legislation that would reorganize the Government's trade functions by creating a new Department of Trade. GAO believes that establishing a Department of Trade would be a means of emphasizing the importance of trade in relation to the U.S. economy and the Government's role in international trade relations. However, establishing a Department of Trade will not...
Views on S. 2049
B-206741: Published: Apr 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1982.
Upon receipt of a congressional request, GAO reviewed S. 2049 and assessed the paperwork and regulatory burdens that might be associated with its implementation. The bill would amend previous legislation concerning Census Bureau data and would require Federal agencies to use currently available population data to determine benefits received by State and local governments. Since agencies would use...
The Proposed Program Fraud Civil Penalties Act
118070: Apr 1, 1982
In a testimony before a congressional committee, the Special Assistant to the Comptroller General noted that fraud in government operations and programs can undermine the integrity of the federal government and, under the present system, individuals can commit fraud against the government with little or no fear of federal reprisal. S. 1780 would provide agencies with a mechanism to impose civil pe...
Comments on H.R. 4709
117343: Jan 26, 1982
Legislation has been proposed that would require the Government to pay interest on overdue payments to agency contractors who, through no fault of their own, experience long delays in receiving payments due from Government agencies. On the basis of prior work, GAO estimates that late payments are costing contractors approximately $150 to $375 million annually. As presently worded, the legislation...
Views and Recommendations on S. 1327
B-203900: Published: Oct 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1981.
GAO was requested to comment on S. 1327 which would amend the Inspector General Act of 1978. According to the congressional staff that drafted the legislation, the intent of one provision of the bill is to require the inspectors general to establish schedules and deadlines for resolving audit findings. However, when read in conjunction with another provision, this provision could be interpreted as...
Improving the Collection of Debts Owed the Government
115860: Jul 20, 1981
GAO supports the purpose of Senate bill 1249 to increase the efficiency of Government-wide efforts to collect debts owed to the United States. Federal agencies recently reported that receivables from U.S. citizens and organizations exceeded $139 billion at the start of fiscal year 1981. It was reported that $24 billion of this amount was delinquent, of which $13 billion represented delinquent taxe...