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SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Information on Responsible Sourcing and Companies Affected
GAO-13-689: Published: Jul 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2013.
Stakeholder-developed initiatives may facilitate companies' compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) final conflict minerals rule, but other factors may affect the rule's impact on reducing benefits to armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. Agency and industry officials as well as representatives from international organizations...
NOAA: Initial Response to Post-Storm Assessment Requirements
GAO-13-559R: Published: Jul 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2013.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in consultation with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM) and other agencies, has identified federal and nonfederal storm data collection efforts that may provide the covered data--specified in the act to include wind speeds, storm surge, and other measures--for a post-storm model required by the Consumer Option fo...
Manufactured Housing Standards: Testing and Performance Evaluation Could Better Ensure Safe Indoor Air Quality
GAO-13-52: Published: Oct 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2012.
Key standards for manufactured homes provide a lower margin of safety against a carbon monoxide exposure incident than those for site-built homes, which are constructed at their permanent locations. For instance, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code requires a minimum 3-foot separation between air intakes and exhaust vents, while industry standards for site-built homes have r...
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...
Green Affordable Housing: HUD Has Made Progress in Promoting Green Building, but Expanding Efforts Could Help Reduce Energy Costs and Benefit Tenants
GAO-09-46: Published: Oct 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2008.
Rising energy prices and concerns about the environment have fueled interest in "green building"--resource-efficient construction and maintenance practices that reduce adverse impacts on the natural environment. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), spends an estimated $5 billion on energy costs annually in its affordable housing programs and has recently taken steps to reduce its...
National Parks: Significant Progress Made in Preserving the Presidio and Attaining Financial Self-Sufficiency
GAO-02-87: Published: Oct 4, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2001.
The Presidio Trust--a wholly owned government corporation--was created in 1996 to manage a large part of the Presidio grounds using sound principles of land use planning and management while maintaining the area's scenic beauty and historic and natural character. The Trust is responsible for leasing, maintaining, rehabilitating, repairing, and improving the property it controls. The Trust must bec...
Bureau of Reclamation: Water Marketing Activities and Costs at the Central Valley Project
GAO-01-553: Published: May 4, 2001. Publicly Released: May 14, 2001.
This report discusses the water marketing activities of the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project and their associated costs. Water marketing costs have risen significantly since 1989, but GAO found no evidence that the costs were associated with activities other than normal operation and maintenance activities that are recoverable from water customers under applicable law. GAO reviewed t...
Bureau of Land Management: Improper Charges Made to Mining Law Administration Program
GAO-01-356: Published: Mar 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2001.
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Mining Law Administration Program (MLAP) is responsible for managing the environmentally responsible exploration and development of locatable minerals on public lands. The program is funded through mining fees collected from the holders of unpatented mining claims and sites and by appropriations to the extent that fees are inadequate to fund the program. Congr...
National Park Service: Concerns About the Implementation of Its Employee Housing Policy
T-RCED-99-119: Published: Mar 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Park Service's employee housing program, focusing on: (1) what the Park Service's efforts to implement the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996--one purpose of which was to move the agency to eliminate unnecessary government housing and rely more on the private sector to supply housing for employees; and (2) what impa...
National Park Service: Reexamination of Employee Housing Program Is Needed
RCED-94-284: Published: Aug 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Park Service's employee housing program, focusing on: (1) how its program compares with the Forest Service's and Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) employee housing programs; and (2) the options that are available to the Park Service to reduce its housing inventory and better address its housing needs.GAO found that: (1) the Park Servic...