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About a decade ago, we found that the Department of the Interior may not have been collecting all of the royalties that oil and gas companies owed the federal government. In 2011, we added Interior's oil and gas management to our High Risk List.
The Endangered Species Act established a fund to provide grants to states and territories for the conservation of endangered and threatened species. Treasury is required to make deposits into the fund when the amount NOAA and FWS collect for violations of certain laws exceeds $500,000.
The National Park Service (Park Service) in the Department of the Interior (Interior) annually receives hundreds of millions of dollars in donated funds, goods, and services to support its 391 parks and other sites.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the performance of Kentucky, Indiana, and Colorado in assessing and collecting civil penalties against coal mining operators who violated environmental standards.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on nationwide historic preservation activities, including its analyses of: (1) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) statistics of income data on qualified rehabilitation expenditures in 1982 and 1983; and (2) National Park Service (NPS) statistics...
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's procedures for: (1) depositing and processing bid revenues from offshore and onshore competitive oil and gas lease sales; and (2) disbursing onshore bid revenues to the states.