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Privacy: Agencies Should Ensure That Designated Senior Officials Have Oversight of Key Functions
GAO-08-603: Published: May 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2008.
Government agencies have a long-standing obligation under the Privacy Act of 1974 to protect the privacy of individuals about whom they collect personal information. A number of additional laws have been enacted in recent years directing agency heads to designate senior officials as focal points with overall responsibility for privacy. GAO was asked to (1) describe laws and guidance that set requi...
Utility Regulation: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight
GAO-08-752T: Published: May 1, 2008. Publicly Released: May 1, 2008.
Under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA 1935) and other laws, federal agencies and state commissions have traditionally regulated utilities to protect consumers from supply disruptions and unfair pricing. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) repealed PUHCA 1935, removing some limitations on the companies that could merge with or invest in utilities, and leaving the Federal Ene...
Financial Regulation: Industry Trends Continue to Challenge the Federal Regulatory Structure
GAO-08-32: Published: Oct 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2007.
As the financial services industry has become increasingly concentrated in a number of large, internationally active firms offering an array of products and services, the adequacy of the U.S. financial regulatory system has been questioned. GAO has identified the need to modernize the financial regulatory system as a challenge to be addressed in the 21st century. This report, mandated by the Finan...
Financial Audit: Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2007
GAO-07-1205: Published: Sep 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2007.
This report presents the results of our audit of expenditures reported by the Office of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the 6 months ended March 31, 2007. The Department of Justice and the independent counsels are required under 28 U.S.C. 594 (d)(2), (h) and 596 (c)(1) to report on a semiannual basis the expenditures from a permanent, indefinite appropriation established within the Depar...
Hurricane Katrina: Agency Contracting Data Should Be More Complete Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
GAO-07-205: Published: Mar 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2007.
In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were responsible for 94 percent of the federal funds awarded for relief efforts via contracting as of May 2006. This report, which GAO conducted under the Comptroller General's Authority, describes (1) the amounts th...
Travel System Requirements
JFMIP-SR-99-9: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
GAO published a document on the mandatory and value-added functional requirements for system administration and major elements of the travel process, including travel authorization, travel advances, travel voucher, local travel, non-federal sponsored travel, temporary/permanent change of station, interface requirements, and reports...
Congressional Review Act: Implementation and Coordination
T-OGC-98-38: Published: Mar 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1998.
GAO discussed its experience in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).GAO noted that: (1) its primary role under the CRA is to provide Congress with a report on each major rule concerning GAO's assessment of the promulgating federal agency's compliance with the procedural steps required by various acts and Executive orders governing the regulatory process; (2) th...
Congressional Review Act
T-OGC-97-29: Published: Mar 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1997.
GAO discussed its responsibilities in the congressional review of agency rulemakings under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), and its experience since the statute was enacted.GAO noted that: (1) its primary role in this new mechanism is to provide the Congress with a quick review of all "major" rules submitted to determine if the promulgating agencies have complied wi...
Regulatory Burden: Measurement Challenges and Concerns Raised by Selected Companies
GGD-97-2: Published: Nov 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1996.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the cumulative impact of federal regulations on a limited number of businesses, focusing on: (1) what selected businesses and federal agencies believed were the federal regulations that applied to those businesses; (2) what those businesses believed were the cost and other impacts of those regulations; and (3) the regulations those businesses said w...
Revisions to OMB's Circular A-130
AIMD-95-151R: Published: Jun 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1995.
GAO commented on the proposed revision to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130 regarding the security of federal automated information systems. GAO noted that: (1) it endorses holding management and users accountable for the security of their information resources, particularly regarding rules of behavior, system-specific training for users, reporting material information security...