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The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to provide public access to certain records and information without waiting for specific requests.
Only 1 of 3 agencies we studied had policies in place to address and document compliance with these proactive disclosure requirements.
What GAO Found USDA's Assessment of the National Finance Center Data Center did not comprehensively address the cost-effectiveness, security, and demonstrated history of maintaining continuity of operations functions, as part of its cost-benefit assessment of selected data centers, as directed by the...
What GAO FoundAccording to data provided by FAA and the General Services Administration (GSA), federally maintained facilities FAA occupies are generally in fair to good condition. FAA assesses the condition of staffed facilities in several ways, including direct inspections.
As the number of biological labs increases, so too do the safety risks for lab workers. Data on these risks--collected through a safety reporting system (SRS) from reports of hazards, incidents, and accidents--can support safety efforts.
The Pilot Records Improvement Act, enacted on October 9, 1996, responded to seven fatal commercial air carrier accidents that were attributed, in part, to errors by pilots who had been hired without background checks.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) for the fiscal year (FY) ended September 30, 1999, is supported by the underlying records; and (2) FY 1999 AATF activity.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) systems can accurately account for and control inventory quantities; and (2) how FAA identifies and manages excess inventory quantities.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) for the fiscal year (FY) ended September 30, 1998, is supported by the underlying records.