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EPA Regulations and Electricity: Better Monitoring by Agencies Could Strengthen Efforts to Address Potential Challenges
GAO-12-635: Published: Jul 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2012.
It is uncertain how power companies may respond to four key Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, but available information suggests companies may retrofit most coal-fueled generating units with controls to reduce pollution, and that 2 to 12 percent of coal-fueled capacity may be retired. Some regions may see more significant levels of retirements. For example, one study examined 11 s...
Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule: SEC's Actions and Stakeholder-Developed Initiatives
GAO-12-763: Published: Jul 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken some steps toward developing a conflict minerals disclosure rule, but it has not issued a final rule. For example, SEC published a proposed rule in December 2010 and has gathered and reviewed extensive input from external stakeholders through comment letters and meetings. SEC has also announced, on several occasions, new target dates for the p...
Forest Service: Little Progress on Performance Accountability Likely Unless Management Addresses Key Challenges
GAO-03-503: Published: May 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2003.
Historically, the Forest Service has not been able to provide Congress or the public with a clear understanding of what the Forest Service's 30,000 employees accomplish with the approximately $5 billion the agency receives every year. Since 1990, GAO has reported 7 times on performance accountability weaknesses at the Forest Service, including its inability to systematically link planning, budgeti...
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Program and Financial Accountability
RCED-00-83: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) efforts to improve its accountability, focusing on the: (1) agency's new approach and the status of its implementation; and (2) extent to which the approach will improve accountability.GAO noted that: (1) NRCS' new approach to improving accountability is based principally on implementin...
Forest Service Management: Little Has Changed as a Result of the Fiscal Year 1995 Budget Reforms
RCED-99-2: Published: Dec 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's implementation of fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget reforms, focusing on the progress that the agency has made toward becoming more accountable for its results.GAO noted that: (1) the Forest Service's management of the National Forest System has not appreciably changed as a result of the increased flexibility offered by the FY 1995...
Environmental Cleanup: DOD's Implementation of the Relative Risk Site Evaluation Process
NSIAD-99-25: Published: Oct 7, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) relative risk site evaluation process, focusing on: (1) the extent to which DOD has issued uniform relative risk site evaluation guidance and the application of the guidance by the defense components; and (2) whether the relative risk site evaluation process provided data that enabled the defense components to ca...
Environmental Protection: Funds Obligated for Completed Superfund Projects
RCED-98-232: Published: Jul 21, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to deobligate and recover funds for completed Superfund projects, focusing on: (1) the progress that EPA has made to recover the unspent funds on the inactive Superfund contracts and assistance agreements that GAO identified; and (2) whether any additional funds that expired during 1997 for Superf...
Nuclear Waste: Management and Technical Problems Continue to Delay Characterizing Hanford's Tank Waste
RCED-96-56: Published: Jan 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in characterizing its tank waste at its Hanford site, focusing on: (1) whether it has met its characterization deadlines; (2) the impediments to meeting characterization deadlines; and (3) the impact that continued delays have on the characterization process.GAO found that: (1) over the past 10 years, DOE has spent over $260 million and made l...
Wilderness Management: Accountability for Forest Service Funds Needs Improvement
RCED-92-33: Published: Nov 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Forest Service distributes and spends congressionally designated funds for wilderness area management on national forest lands.GAO found that: (1) Congress increased Service funding by almost 80 percent from fiscal year (FY) 1988 though FY 1991 to help ensure that national wilderness areas were protected and maintained their natural conditi...
Interior's Minerals Management Programs Need Consolidation To Improve Accountability and Control
EMD-82-104: Published: Jul 27, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1982.
GAO undertook an overall review of the Department of the Interior's organizational structure for Federal energy and mineral resources management to determine whether: (1) the programs are organized to facilitate the accountability of the program managers who affect revenues; and (2) costs, receipts, and budget requirements are reported completely, accurately, and in a format conducive to public an...