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Telecommunications: Weaknesses in Procedures and Performance Management Hinder Junk Fax Enforcement
GAO-06-425: Published: Apr 5, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2006.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibited invasive telemarketing practices, including the faxing of unsolicited advertisements, known as "junk faxes," to individual consumers and businesses. Junk faxes create costs for consumers (paper and toner) and disrupt their fax operations. The Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005 clarified an established business relationship exemption, specified...
Social Security Numbers: More Could be Done to Protect SSNs
GAO-06-586T: Published: Mar 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2006.
In 1936, the Social Security Administration established the Social Security number (SSN) to track worker's earnings for Social Security benefit purposes. Since its creation, the SSN has evolved beyond its original purpose and has become the identifier of choice for public and private sector entities. Today, the SSN is a key piece of information often sought by identity thieves. Once the SSN is obt...
Telecommunications: Options for and Barriers to Spectrum Reform
GAO-06-526T: Published: Mar 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2006.
The radio-frequency spectrum is used to provide an array of wireless communications services that are critical to the U.S. economy and various government missions, such as national security. With demand for spectrum exploding, and most useable spectrum allocated to existing users, there is growing concern that the current spectrum management framework might not be able to respond adequately to fut...
Survey on State Wireless E911 Funds, an E-supplement to GAO-06-338
GAO-06-400SP: Published: Mar 10, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2006.
This document presents selected results of GAO's Web-based Survey on State Wireless E911 Funds. We asked state-level E911 contacts about the collection, management, and use of funds collected for the purpose of E911 implementation. The state E911 contacts are listed on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Web site as the point of contact for emergency communications in their states and we...
Telecommunications: States' Collection and Use of Funds for Wireless Enhanced 911 Services
GAO-06-338: Published: Mar 10, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2006.
"Enhanced 911" (E911) service refers to the capability of public safety answering points to automatically receive an emergency caller's location information. An industry association estimates that nearly 82 million 911 calls are placed each year by callers using mobile phones. Wireless E911 technology provides emergency responders with the location and callback number of a person calling 911 from...
Telecommunications: Challenges to Assessing and Improving Telecommunications for Native Americans on Tribal Lands
GAO-06-513T: Published: Mar 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2006.
An important goal of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is to ensure access to telecommunications services for all Americans. This testimony is based on GAO's January 2006 report GAO-06-189, which reviewed 1) the status of telecommunications subscribership for Native Americans living on tribal lands; 2) federal programs available for improving telecommunications on these lands; 3) barrier...
Media Contracts: Activities and Financial Obligations for Seven Federal Departments
GAO-06-305: Published: Jan 13, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2006.
The federal government contracts with public relations firms, advertising agencies, media organizations, and individual members of the media to provide, among other things, messages about its programs and services. As we have reported, there is a lack of accurate governmentwide information on these contracts. Seven federal departments account for nearly all the obligated federal dollars for public...
Telecommunications: Challenges to Assessing and Improving Telecommunications For Native Americans on Tribal Lands
GAO-06-189: Published: Jan 11, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2006.
An important goal of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is to ensure access to telecommunications services for all Americans. The Federal Communications Commission has made efforts to improve the historically low subscribership rates of Native Americans on tribal lands. In addition, Congress is considering legislation to establish a grant program to help tribes improve telecommunications...
Social Security Numbers: Stronger Protections Needed When Contractors Have Access to SSNs
GAO-06-238: Published: Jan 23, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2006.
Recent data breaches highlight how identity theft may occur when businesses share individuals' personal information, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs), with contractors. Because private sector entities are more likely to share consumers' personal information via contractors, members of Congress raised concerns about the protection of this information in contractual relationships. In respons...
Telecommunications: Strong Support for Extending FCC's Auction Authority Exists, but Little Agreement on Other Options to Improve Efficient Use of Spectrum
GAO-06-236: Published: Dec 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2005.
The radio-frequency spectrum is a natural resource used to provide an array of wireless communications services, such as television broadcasting, which are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 1993, the Congress gave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to use competitive bidding, or auctions, to assign spectrum licenses to commercial users. The Commercial Spectr...