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U.S. Capitol Police: Progress Made in Addressing Prior GAO Recommendations on Administrative and Management Operations
GAO-08-1000T: Published: Jul 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2008.
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for securing the 276-acre Capitol Complex, including protecting Members of Congress, congressional facilities, national treasures, and visitors. In response to heightened security concerns, various requests, and legislative mandates over the years, GAO has reported on management control problems in five key areas: (1) establishing an accountab...
Intellectual Property: Leadership and Accountability Needed to Strengthen Federal Protection and Enforcement
GAO-08-921T: Published: Jun 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2008.
U.S. government efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property (IP) rights domestically and overseas are crucial to preventing billions of dollars in losses to U.S. industry and IP rights owners. The illegal importation and distribution of IP-infringing goods also poses a threat to the health and safety of U.S. citizens. However, the challenges involved in IP protection are significant and r...
Traffic Safety: Improved Reporting and Performance Measures Would Enhance Evaluation of High-Visibility Campaigns
GAO-08-477: Published: Apr 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2008.
Two primary risk behaviors related to fatal traffic crashes are failure to use safety belts and driving while impaired by alcohol. High-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns that combine enforcement of a traffic safety law with media to inform the public about the campaign are effective in reducing these behaviors. In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A L...
Immigration Enforcement: ICE Could Improve Controls to Help Guide Alien Removal Decision Making
GAO-08-67: Published: Oct 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2007.
Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigate violations of immigration laws and identify aliens who are removable from the United States. ICE officers exercise discretion to achieve its operational goals of removing any aliens subject to removal while prioritizing those who pose a threat to national security or public saf...
Federal Law Enforcement: Survey of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Mandatory Basic Training
GAO-07-815: Published: Aug 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2007.
Federal law enforcement officers (LEO) are required to complete mandatory basic training in order to exercise their law enforcement authorities. GAO was asked to identify federal mandatory law enforcement basic training programs. This report builds on GAO's prior work surveying federal civilian law enforcement components regarding their functions and authorities (see GAO-07-121, December 2006). GA...
Federal Law Enforcement Mandatory Basic Training: Results of Surveys of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Components (GAO-07-1066SP), an E-supplement to GAO-07-815
GAO-07-1066SP: Published: Aug 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2007.
This is the supporting product to GAO-07-815. This document presents selected results of GAO's mandatory basic training survey of 105 federal civilian components that employ law enforcement officers (LEO). We defined an LEO as a federal employee who is authorized to perform any of four specific functions: conduct criminal investigations, execute search warrants, make arrests, or carry firearms. Th...
Inspectors General: Opportunities to Enhance Independence and Accountability
GAO-07-1089T: Published: Jul 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2007.
The federal inspectors general (IG) play a critical role in addressing mismanagement of scarce taxpayer dollars. In the coming years, as we enter a period of escalating deficits and increasingly limited resources, GAO believes that the greatest single source of savings will come from bold, decisive efforts to transform what government does and how it does business, and to hold it accountable for r...
Department of Justice: Status of Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-01-729: Published: Jul 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Justice's fiscal year 2000 performance report and fiscal year 2002 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and assesses Justice's progress in achieving selected key outcomes that were identified as important mission areas. Justice's overall progress toward achieving the key outcomes was difficult to ascertain because gen...
Observations on the Department of Justice's Fiscal Year 1999 Performance Report and Fiscal Year 2001 Performance Plan
GGD-00-155R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's (DOJ) fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance report and FY 2001 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.GAO noted that: (1) overall, DOJ's progress in achieving desirable program outcomes cannot be readily determined since the agency has yet to develop performance goals and measures tha...
Alcohol Special Occupational Taxes: Administration and Compliance Issues
GGD-98-156: Published: Aug 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the alcohol special occupational taxes (SOT), focusing on: (1) the methods that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) uses to enforce compliance with the taxes and the costs incurred in these efforts; (2) compliance rates for alcohol producers, wholesalers, and retailers; and (3) arguments that have been made for and against these occup...