Economic development (11 - 20 of 54 items)
Weather Forecasting: Radar Availability Requirement Not Being Met
AIMD-95-132: Published: May 31, 1995. Publicly Released: May 31, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the joint acquisition of the Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) by the National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Air Force, focusing on: (1) changes in acquisition and deployment plans; (2) the feasibility and cost of purchasing additional radars; (3) the Air Force contribution to the national NEXRAD network; an...
Technology Transfers: Benefits of Cooperative R&D Agreements
RCED-95-52: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the benefits of federal agencies' engaging in cooperative research and development agreements (CRADA) with the private sector.GAO found that: (1) although all CRADA do not achieve the same level of benefit, collaborative research and development agreements can be valuable assets in the government's portfolio of technology transfer programs; (2) man...
Weather Forecasting: Improvements Needed in Laboratory Software Development Processes
AIMD-95-24: Published: Dec 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Weather Service's (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), focusing on whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) and NWS Technical Development Laboratory (TDL) software development processes are adequate to support the AWIPS Forecast Preparation System (A...
Federal Research: Interim Report on the Pilot Technology Access Program
RCED-94-75: Published: Mar 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Pilot Technology Access Program (TAPP), which provides small businesses with technical and business information and expertise that they may not be aware of or able to afford, focusing on the program's status, implementation, and evaluation.GAO found that: (1) while the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides TAPP funding,...
Federal Research: Aging Federal Laboratories Need Repairs and Upgrades
RCED-93-203: Published: Sep 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the conditions of federal laboratory facilities, focusing on the: (1) effect of inadequate laboratory facilities on agencies' scientific productivity and research capabilities; and (2) funding needed to repair or upgrade these facilities.GAO found that: (1) 54 percent of federal laboratory space is over 30 years old and only 24 percent of federal l...
Energy and Science Reports and Testimony: 1992
RCED-93-131: Published: May 25, 1993. Publicly Released: May 25, 1993.
Energy and science concerns remain at the forefront of significant national issues. The continuing dependence on imported oil, the staggering costs that will be required to clean up the nuclear weapons complex, and the expectations for science and technology to improve the nation's ability to compete globally are among the energy and science concerns that are intertwined with current efforts to ad...
Federally Funded Research: Controlling Inappropriate Access to Research Results
T-RCED-93-19: Published: Mar 11, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1993.
GAO discussed federal research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), focusing on the possibility of conflicts of interest or competitive advantage resulting from inappropriate access to research results. GAO noted that: (1) greater controls are needed to monitor access to research information and to the research beneficiaries; (2) betw...
Federal Research: Foreign Contributions to the Superconducting Super Collider
RCED-93-75: Published: Dec 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on foreign contributions to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).GAO found that: (1) at the end of fiscal year (FY) 1992, DOE had received $15 billion in foreign in-kind contributions such as labor, equipment, and materials; (2) DOE pays laboratories in Russia and China about half as much as it would pay...
Superfund: EPA Needs to Better Focus Cleanup Technology Development
T-RCED-92-92: Published: Sep 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1992.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to foster new treatment technologies to clean up hazardous waste sites, focusing on: (1) innovative technologies that have been demonstrated, selected, or used for Superfund cleanup sites; and (2) EPA efforts to reduce barriers to the development and use of innovative technologies. GAO noted that: (1) EPA has planned 119 field demon...
Federal Research: Implementation of the Super Collider's Cost and Schedule Control System
RCED-92-242: Published: Jul 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost and schedule for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project, focusing on the: (1) time frame and basis of its data supporting its April 1992 testimony; and (2) status of its review and the present implementation status of the DOE system for managing the SSC project's cost and schedule.GAO f...