U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:

Commission Publications During Fiscal Years 1978-1986

GGD-87-117BR: Published: Sep 25, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information on the Commission on Civil Rights' publications; and (2) compared the published output of the present Commission to that of the former Commission.

GAO found that: (1) the Commission's yearly publications output declined from a yearly average of 51 to 13; (2) of the 357 publications it reviewed, the present Commission issued only 37; and (3) the present Commission issued only 1 statutory report to Congress, compared to 27 issued by the former Commission. GAO also found that: (1) the publications the Commission issued from 1978 through 1986 were related to the Commission's general responsibilities; (2) although some of the publications addressed allegations concerning voting rights or voting fraud, the Commission did not initiate them in response to written allegations made under oath, as required by statute; and (3) the largest decline in publications was in state advisory committee reports. GAO also noted a general decline in the Commission's staff and budget.

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