Appropriations (41 - 50 of 92 items)
Nuclear Waste: Understanding of Waste Migration at Hanford is Inadequate for Key Decisions
RCED-98-80: Published: Mar 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to develop an understanding of conditions in the vadose zone, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of DOE's current understanding of the extent to which waste materials are moving through the vadose zone; and (2) DOE's current strategy for investigating vadose zone conditions.GAO noted that: (1) DOE's own reviews c...
Regulatory Reinvention: EPA's Common Sense Initiative Needs an Improved Operating Framework and Progress Measures
RCED-97-164: Published: Jul 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the progress of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Common Sense Initiative toward its goal of finding "cleaner, cheaper, smarter" ways of reducing or preventing pollution and the methods EPA uses to measure progress.GAO noted that: (1) in the almost 3 years the Initiative has been under way, it has produced three formal recommendations to...
Department of the Interior: Transfer of the Presidio From the Army to the National Park Service
RCED-94-61: Published: Oct 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's acquisition and management of the Presidio of San Francisco, focusing on: (1) the alternatives the Park Service is considering for managing the Presidio; (2) estimated transition and annual operating and maintenance (O&M) costs; (3) current and future appropriation levels; and (4) the estimated value of the...
Timber Sale Contract Defaults: Forest Service Needs to Strengthen Its Performance Bond and Contract Provisions
RCED-94-5: Published: Oct 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's timber sales contracts, focusing on the Forest Service's: (1) collection of damages owed to the government for defaults on timber sale contracts that occurred between January 1, 1982, and March 31, 1993, and the reasons for any delays in collection; and (2) measures to protect the government from future losses as a result of co...
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Short-Term Concessioners
RCED-93-177: Published: Sep 14, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's oversight of concessioners operating on federal recreation lands under short-term agreements, focusing on the government's policy and practices for: (1) evaluating short-term concessioners' performance; (2) ensuring that short-term concessioners comply with federal, state, and local health and safety laws and regulations; (...
Nuclear Waste: Hanford Tank Waste Program Needs Cost, Schedule, and Management Changes
RCED-93-99: Published: Mar 8, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Hanford waste vitrification plant, focusing on: (1) technical and other issues that affect the Tank Waste Remediation System (TWRS); and (2) the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to end interim storage of high-level radioactive waste at the site.GAO found that: (1) DOE has not determined how many samples it will need for waste...
Hazardous Materials: Upgrading of Underground Storage Tanks Can Be Improved to Avoid Costly Cleanups
NSIAD-92-117: Published: May 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) program for handling its underground storage tanks, focusing on: (1) the type and number of tanks owned by DOD; and (2) DOD efforts to comply with both federal and state requirements, identify and prevent leaks and spills, and correct environmental damage from leaking tanks.GAO found that: (1) in 1989, DOD owned 30,6...
National Park Service: Policies and Practices for Determining Concessioners' Building Use Fees
T-RCED-92-66: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed the fees that National Park Service (NPS) concessioners pay for using federally owned facilities. GAO noted that: (1) NPS does not maintain data on concession agreements that include the use of federally owned facilities; (2) in 1990, there were about 150 agreements involving concessioners' use of about 1,400 federally owned facilities; (3) those concessioners' gross revenues ranged...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
Hazardous Waste: Management Problems Continue at Overseas Military Bases
NSIAD-91-231: Published: Aug 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed hazardous waste management at the Department of Defense's (DOD) overseas installations, focusing on whether DOD bases overseas were protecting humans and the environment.GAO found that: (1) due to unclear and outdated DOD policy and service regulations, it was difficult to determine the extent to which overseas bases should comply with U.S. laws wh...