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The Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, contains, among other things, provisions designed to protect the voting rights of U.S. citizens of certain ethnic groups whose command of the English language may be limited.
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.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 established the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to help improve state and local administration of federal elections and authorized funding for state and local governments to expand their use of electronic voting systems. EAC began operations in January 2004.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually estimates fair market rents (FMR) for standard quality rental units throughout the United States. Among other uses, FMRs help determine subsidies for almost 2 million low-income families in the nation's largest rental assistance program.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) new rule on the threatened status for two chinook salmon evolutionarily significant units (ESU) in California.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the American Fisheries Act, focusing on whether the act had negatively affected the market for pollock fillets, including any reduction in their supply.
In response to a congressional inquiry, information was compiled on state laws that place constraints or reporting requirements on ownership of farmland by nonresident aliens and on data collected as a result of state reporting requirements.