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Bankruptcy Reform: Value of Credit Counseling Requirement Is Not Clear
GAO-07-203: Published: Apr 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2007.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires individuals to receive credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy and to take a debtor education course before having debts discharged. Concerns were raised that the new requirements could expose consumers to abusive practices by credit counseling agencies or become barriers to filing for bankruptcy. GAO was asked to...
Customs Revenue: Customs and Border Protection Needs to Improve Workforce Planning and Accountability
GAO-07-529: Published: Apr 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2007.
In forming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there was concern that moving the U.S. Customs Service into the new DHS would diminish attention given to collection of customs revenue. In recognition of that concern, Congress required that DHS's Customs Border Protection (CBP) not reduce the staff or resources for customs revenue functions. In March 2003, CBP reported a baseline of 2,263 sta...
Federal Capital: Three Entities' Implementation of Capital Planning Principles Is Mixed
GAO-07-274: Published: Feb 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2007.
In fiscal year 2005, the federal government spent nearly $117 billion on capital investments intended to yield long-term benefits for its operations. Effective capital planning ensures that the sizable investments made by federal agencies result in the most efficient return to taxpayers. Accordingly, GAO evaluated (1) how well selected entities followed the planning phase principles of GAO's Execu...
Federal Transit Administration: Progress Made in Implementing Changes to the Job Access Program, but Evaluation and Oversight Processes Need Improvement
GAO-07-43: Published: Nov 17, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2006.
Begun in 1998, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program provides grants to states and localities for improving the mobility of low-income persons seeking work. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administers this program. In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) authorized $727 million for JARC for fiscal years 200...
DOD's Overseas Infrastructure Master Plans Continue to Evolve
GAO-06-913R: Published: Aug 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2006.
In 2004, President Bush announced what was described as the most comprehensive restructuring of U.S. military forces overseas since the end of the Korean War. Soon thereafter, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a report titled Strengthening U.S. Global Defense Posture. This report defined the key tenets of the integrated global presence and basing strategy, which outlines troop and basing adju...
Federal Chief Information Officers: Responsibilities, Reporting Relationships, Tenure, and Challenges
GAO-04-823: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
Although the federal government has invested substantially in information technology (IT), its success in managing information resources has varied. Agencies have taken steps to implement modern strategies, systems, and management policies and practices, but they still face significant information and technology management challenges. Recognizing the key role of the chief information officer (CIO)...
Information and Technology Management: Responsibilities, Reporting Relationships, Tenure, and Challenges of Agency Chief Information Officers
GAO-04-957T: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
Federal agencies rely extensively on information technology (IT) to effectively implement major government programs. To help agencies manage their substantial IT investments, the Congress has established a statutory framework of requirements, roles, and responsibilities relating to IT management. GAO was asked to summarize its report, being issued today, on federal chief information officers' (CIO...
Immigration Application Fees: Current Fees Are Not Sufficient to Fund U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Operations
GAO-04-309R: Published: Jan 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2004.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HSA) established the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CIS is responsible for several functions transferred from the former Immigration Services Division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under the Department of Justice. CIS's functions include adjudicating and processing appli...
FY 2003 Annual Report on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program
GAO-03-627R: Published: Apr 8, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2003.
Under section 1308 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, the Department of Defense is to submit an annual report to Congress on its Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program no later than the first Monday in February of each year. The Department of Defense, however, submitted its CTR annual report for fiscal year 2003 to Congress on January 8, 2003, more than 11 months a...
Results-Oriented Management: Agency Crosscutting Actions and Plans in Border Control, Flood Mitigation and Insurance, Wetlands, and Wildland Fire Management
GAO-03-321: Published: Dec 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2002.
GAO's work has repeatedly shown that mission fragmentation and program overlap are widespread in the federal government. Implementation of federal crosscutting programs is often characterized by numerous individual agency efforts that are implemented with little apparent regard for the presence and efforts of related activities. GAO has in the past offered possible approaches for managing crosscut...