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Chesapeake Bay Program: Improved Strategies Are Needed to Better Assess, Report, and Manage Restoration Progress
GAO-06-96: Published: Oct 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2005.
The Chesapeake Bay Program (Bay Program) was created in 1983 when Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and EPA agreed to establish a partnership to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Their most recent agreement, Chesapeake 2000, sets out an agenda and five broad goals to guide these efforts through 2010 and contains 102 commitments that the partners a...
Climate Change: Federal Reports on Climate Change Funding Should Be Clearer and More Complete
GAO-05-461: Published: Aug 25, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2005.
The Congress has required the administration to report annually on federal spending on climate change. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reports funding in four categories: technology (to reduce greenhouse gas emissions), science (to better understand the climate), international assistance (to help developing countries), and tax expenditures (to encourage reductions in emissions). The Clim...
Clean Water Act: Improved Resource Planning Would Help EPA Better Respond to Changing Needs and Fiscal Constraints
GAO-05-721: Published: Jul 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2005.
Federal and state fiscal constraints may jeopardize past and future accomplishments resulting from the Clean Water Act (the act). In this environment, it is important to manage available resources as efficiently as possible and to identify future human capital needs, including the size of the workforce and its deployment across the organization. GAO was asked to determine (1) the extent to which t...
Climate Change Assessment: Administration Did Not Meet Reporting Deadline
GAO-05-338R: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2005.
For many years, scientists have observed a warming trend in the earth's climate and have projected additional changes in the coming decades, with potential implications for human society. To provide for the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated U.S. research program that will assist the nation and the world in understanding, assessing, predicting, and responding to such ch...
Natural Gas Flaring and Venting: Opportunities to Improve Data and Reduce Emissions
GAO-04-809: Published: Jul 14, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2004.
Since 1995, the average price of natural gas in the United States has almost tripled as demand has grown faster than supply. Despite this increase, natural gas is regularly lost as it is burned (flared) and released into the atmosphere (vented) during the production of oil and gas. GAO was asked to (1) describe flaring and venting data and what the federal government could do to improve them; (2)...
Environmental Disclosure: Briefing on GAO's Findings and Recommendations
GAO-04-1019R: Published: Aug 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2004.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) primary mission is to protect investors and the integrity of securities markets. Among other things, SEC regulations require companies to file reports with SEC disclosing information that would be considered "material" to a reasonable investor. A matter is material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable person would consider it importa...
Drinking Water: Safeguarding the District of Columbia's Supplies and Applying Lessons Learned to Other Systems
GAO-04-974T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
Concerns have been raised about lead in District of Columbia drinking water and how those charged with ensuring the safety of this water have carried out their responsibilities. The 1991 Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) requires water systems to protect drinking water from lead by, among other things, chemically treating it to reduce its corrosiveness and by monitoring tap water samples for evidence of...
Environmental Disclosure: SEC Should Explore Ways to Improve Tracking and Transparency of Information
GAO-04-808: Published: Jul 14, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2004.
To help investors make informed decisions, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforces federal securities laws requiring companies to disclose all information that would be considered important or "material" to a reasonable investor, including information on environmental risks and liabilities, in reports filed with SEC. To monitor companies' disclosures, SEC reviews their filings and is...
Climate Change: Selected Nations' Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Varied in Their Adherence to Standards
GAO-04-98: Published: Dec 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2004.
In 1992, the United States and other parties, including both developed and developing nations, agreed to try to limit dangerous human interference with the climate by participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The parties agreed, among other things, to report on their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other gases whose buildup in the atmosphere is believed to af...
Department of Transportation Report on Transporting Hazardous Materials
GAO-02-867R: Published: Jun 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2002.
The Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Comptroller General, is required by the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2002 to study the transportation of hazardous and radioactive materials and its effects on public health and safety, the environment, and the economy. GAO has had no substantive consultation with the Department of Transportati...