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What GAO FoundThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has taken several steps to strengthen its safeguards program since GAO's 2005 report, including increasing the number of countries that are subject to a broader range of safeguards measures, upgrading its analytical laboratories, and producing...
Natural gas is the most costly component used in manufacturing nitrogen fertilizer. Therefore, when natural gas prices increased in 2000-2001, U.S. companies that produce nitrogen fertilizer reported adverse financial consequences resulting from much higher production costs.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) data on oil futures market activity between July 30, 1990 and February 28, 1991, focusing on: (1) whether the futures market manipulated oil prices; and (2) CFTC and the New York Mercantile Exchange's...
GAO was asked to comment on issues concerning the legality of an impoundment of funds appropriated for the Solar Energy and Solar Energy Conservation Bank and the relevance of certain sections of the Energy Security Act and the Impoundment Control Act.
A June 1977 report "The Force of the Public Utility Holding Company Act Has Been Greatly Reduced by Changes in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Enforcement Policies" raised questions concerning SEC surveillance of 14 regulated public utility holding companies.
How well the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) carries out its responsibilities in enforcing the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 was evaluated, with primary attention to its enforcement procedures.