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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Provision of Charitable Assistance
GAO-06-297T: Published: Dec 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2005.
The devastation and dislocation of individuals experienced throughout the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has raised concern about both the charitable sector's and the government's abilities to effectively respond to such disasters. To strengthen future disaster response and recovery operations, the government needs to understand...
Potential Spectrum Interference Associated with Military Land Mobile Radios
GAO-06-172R: Published: Dec 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2005.
To address homeland defense needs and comply with government direction that agencies use the electromagnetic spectrum more efficiently, the Department of Defense (DOD) is deploying new Land Mobile Radios to military installations across the country. The new Land Mobile Radios operate in the same frequency range--380 Megahertz (MHz) to 399.9 MHz--as many unlicensed low-powered garage door openers,...
Telecommunications: Preliminary Information on the Federal Communications Commission's Spectrum Allocation and Assignment Process
GAO-06-212R: Published: Nov 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2005.
The radiofrequency spectrum is a natural resource used to provide an array of wireless communications services, such as mobile voice and data services, radio and television broadcasting, radar, and satellite-based services, which are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. Historically, concern about interference among users has been a driving force in the management of spectrum. The F...
Digital Television Transition: Issues Related to an Information Campaign Regarding the Transition
GAO-05-940R: Published: Sep 6, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2005.
The United States is currently undergoing a transition from analog to digital broadcast television. This transition offers the promise of more television programming options, interactive television, and high-definition television. An additional goal of the digital television (DTV) transition is for the federal government to reclaim radiofrequencies--or spectrum--that broadcasters currently use to...
Social Security Administration: Additional Actions Needed in Ongoing Efforts to Improve 800-Number Service
GAO-05-735: Published: Aug 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2005.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) at some point touches the life of nearly every American. Each day thousands of people contact SSA to file claims, update records, and request information from its 1,300 field offices, website, and national toll-free 800 number. Implemented nationwide in 1989, SSA's 800-number has become a principal contact point for millions of individuals seeking agency se...
Financial Market Organizations Have Taken Steps to Protect against Electronic Attacks, but Could Take Additional Actions
GAO-05-679R: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center exposed the vulnerability of the financial markets to disruption by such events. As part of a series of reviews we have performed at the request of Members of Congress, we have examined and reported on the adequacy of the steps that financial market participants have taken to reduce their vulnerability to attacks and to be better...
Independent Media Development Abroad: Challenges Exist in Implementing U.S. Efforts and Measuring Results
GAO-05-803: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
Independent media development led by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the national security goal of developing sustainable democracies around the world. Independent media institutions play a role in supporting commerce, improving public health efforts, reducing corruption, and providing civic education. According to the Freedom House's Free...
Nuclear Security: Actions Needed by DOE to Improve Security of Weapons-Grade Nuclear Material at Its Energy, Science and Environment Sites
GAO-05-934T: Published: Jul 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2005.
A successful terrorist attack on a Department of Energy (DOE) site containing nuclear weapons material could have devastating effects for the site and nearby communities. DOE's Office of the Under Secretary for Energy, Science and Environment (ESE), which is responsible for DOE operations in areas such as energy research, manages five sites that contain weapons-grade nuclear material. A heavily ar...
Financial Audit: The Federal Communications Commission's Fiscal Year 2004 Management Representation Letter on Its Financial Statements
GAO-05-608R: Published: Jul 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2005.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is required to annually prepare and submit audited financial statements of the U.S. government to the President and the Congress. We are required to audit these consolidated financial statements (CFS) and report on the results of our work. In connection with fulfilling our requirement to...
Internet Protocol Version 6: Federal Agencies Need to Plan for Transition and Manage Security Risks
GAO-05-845T: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2005.
The Internet protocol (IP) provides the addressing mechanism that defines how and where information such as text, voice, and video moves across interconnected networks. Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4), which is widely used today, may not be able to accommodate the increasing number of global users and devices that are connecting to the Internet. As a result, IP version 6 (IPv6) was developed to...