Federal agencies (51 - 67 of 67 items)
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...
South Florida Restoration: Task Force Needs to Improve Science Coordination to Increase the Likelihood of Success
GAO-03-345: Published: Mar 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2003.
Restoration of the South Florida ecosystem is a significant federal and state priority, requiring the development and use of extensive scientific information. GAO was asked to report on the funds spent on scientific activities for restoration, the gaps that exist in scientific information, and the extent to which scientific activities are being coordinated.From fiscal years 1993 through 2002, fede...
Environmental Protection: Observations on Elevating the Environmental Protection Agency to Cabinet Status
GAO-02-552T: Published: Mar 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2002.
This testimony comments on legislation that would elevate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Cabinet status. Today, EPA's mission, size, and scope of responsibilities place it on a par with many Cabinet departments. The United States is the only major industrial power without a Cabinet-level environmental organization. It is important to consider that (1) environmental policy be given ap...
Federal Lands: Agencies Need to Assess the Impact of Personal Watercraft and Snowmobile Use
RCED-00-243: Published: Sep 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the use of personal watercraft and snowmobile use on federal lands, focusing on: (1) the extent to which personal watercraft and snowmobiles are used in federal units that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Forest Service; (2) the bases for agency decisio...
Forest Service Decision-Making: Greater Clarity Needed on Mission Priorities
T-RCED-97-81: Published: Feb 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1997.
GAO discussed the preliminary results of its work on the decisionmaking process used by the Forest Service in carrying out its mission, focusing on the underlying causes of inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in the Forest Service's decisionmaking process.GAO noted that: (1) its ongoing work has identified three underlying causes of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the Forest Service's decisionm...
Mineral Resources: Meeting Federal Needs for Helium
RCED-93-1: Published: Oct 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) actions taken by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Mines to meet the objectives of the Helium Act of 1960; (2) issues that should be considered when deciding how to meet federal needs for helium; and (3) three alternatives for meeting federal needs for helium.GAO found that: (1) the Bureau has met federal needs for heli...
Views on Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Opinion Addressing Mt. Graham Astrophysical Facility
T-RCED-90-92: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1990.
GAO discussed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) opinion on the Mount Graham astrophysical project, focusing on whether: (1) FWS prepared its opinion consistently with the amended Endangered Species Act and applicable regulations; and (2) the FWS opinion was affected by any inconsistencies. GAO noted that: (1) the soundness of the Emerald Peak development alternative is questionable; (2) severa...
Forest Service's Program To Identify Unneeded Land for Potential Sale Is Stalled
RCED-85-16: Published: Nov 6, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's program to identify and dispose of unneeded land, including: (1) how the Service plans to implement an executive order which asked federal agencies to identify and dispose of such land; (2) its land management process; and (3) the problems and costs involved in selling the land.GAO found that the Service is not determining w...
Improvements Needed To Coordinate and Increase the Effectiveness of Water Research Activities
102741: Jan 17, 1977
Improvements are needed in procedures followed by the Committee on Water Resources Research in carrying out the requirements of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964.The Committee must coordinate water research by 23 distinct Federal agencies and departments dealing with the subject. No evidence was found that the information obtained by the Committee was used to evaluate the adequacy of resear...
Procedures and Practices Followed in Obtaining Land Title Evidence
B-168106: Published: Mar 5, 1974. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Land Title Evidence, Qualifications of Abstracters, and Title Companies
B-168106: Published: Mar 5, 1974. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Sharing the Cost of Making Federal Water Project Feasibility Studies
RCED-83-18: Published: Dec 6, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1982.
GAO discussed feasibility studies undertaken by the Federal government to resolve water resources problems and the factors affecting the study outcome. The purpose of the review was to determine how frequently studies did not identify acceptable solutions and why.GAO estimated that, during the past 17 years, Federal agencies have spent about $100 million on water project feasibility studies. In it...
Need To Strengthen Coordination of Ocean Pollution Research
CED-82-108: Published: Jul 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1982.
GAO conducted a review to determine whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) implementation of the National Ocean Pollution Planning Act had improved the coordination of federal ocean pollution research development and monitoring.NOAA has made considerable progress toward implementing the act. It has: (1) issued a plan and one revision containing extensive catalogs of f...
National Direction Required for Effective Management of America's Fish and Wildlife
CED-81-107: Published: Aug 24, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1981.
GAO conducted a review of specific federal fish and wildlife programs to evaluate the overall effectiveness of federal agencies' management of fish and wildlife resources and habitat to ensure that development activities have the least possible adverse effect on fish and wildlife.Several laws require federal agencies to seek the advice of the Fish and Wildlife Service on planned activities that ma...
Lands in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area Should Be Returned to Private Ownership
CED-81-10: Published: Jan 22, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1981.
GAO was requested to examine the land acquisition and management practices of the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Through the law which established this area, it was congressional intent that land acquisition costs be minimal, that a private community in the recreation area continue to exist, that commercial development not be eliminated, and that additional co...
More and Better Uses Could Be Made of Billions of Gallons of Water by Improving Irrigation Delivery Systems
CED-77-117: Published: Sep 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1977.
Agricultural irrigation uses 83 percent of water consumed in the United States. Large amounts of water transported to farms are wasted annually because of inefficient delivery systems which seep water.The seepage problem exists throughout the West and causes a loss of water for beneficial purposes. Federal projects supply water to only about one-fifth of the total irrigated western lands and, ther...
Water Resources Planning, Management, and Development: What Are the Nation's Water Supply Problems and Issues?
CED-77-100: Published: Jul 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1977.
The development of solutions to the serious water problems facing the United States poses challenges for the establishment of priorities and responsive implementing programs. Issues and concerns related to water and water-related programs which merit attention include: (1) Are existing water resource plans and programs adequate to meet the competing demands for water uses? (2) Do water agencies an...