Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is often called the "congressional watchdog" because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. This collection provides a brief abstract of the contents, reports, testimony, legal products, featured issues that evaluate how well government policies and programs are working, investigations into allegations of illegal and improper activities, and issuing of legal decisions and opinions.

 
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Preliminary Inquiry into Alleged 1980 Negotiations to Delay Releas...

By: James F. Hinchman

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Excerpt: We are pleased to be here to discuss our preliminary inquiry undertaken last year into the facts surrounding allegations made by Richard Brenneke for which he was tried in his May 1990 trial on charges of making a false declaration before a federal court. Mr. Brenneke alleged that he and high-ranking officials of the Reagan-Bush campaign staff had met with Iranian officials in Paris, France, in October 1980, to negotiate delaying the release of the Iranian-held ...

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Preliminary Inquiry into Alleged 1980 Negotiations to Delay Releas...

By: James F. Hinchman

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Excerpt: We are pleased to submit for the record a discussion of our preliminary inquiry undertaken last year into the facts surrounding allegations made by Richard Brenneke for which he was tried in his May 1990 trial on charges of making a false declaration before a federal court. Mr. Brenneke alleged that he and high-ranking officials of the Reagan-Bush campaign staff had met with Iranian officials in Paris, France, in October 1980, to negotiate delaying the release o...

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Dod Medical Inventory Reductions Can Be Made through the Use of Co...

By: Donna M. Heivilin

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Excerpt: This report was prepared as part of your request that we compare commercial logistics practices with similar Department of Defense operations. It summarizes the results of our review of medical logistics practices at Department of Defense hospitals and warehouses and selected private hospitals. As requested, we also looked at the logistics practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Ensuring the Pipelines Security

By: James Duffus, Illustrator

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Excerpt: This briefing report responds to your request that we review the security of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Specifically, it addresses (1) what federal and state agencies have done to assess the vulnerability of TAPS to terrorist disruption and (2) what actions these agencies and the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Alyeska)' have taken to protect the pipeline. We briefed your staff on October 3, 1991. This briefing report provides the findings and ob...

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State Department Management Weaknesses in the Security Constructio...

By: Frank C. Conahan

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Excerpt: In response to your request, we reviewed the factors that have contributed to delays and cost increases in the Diplomatic Security Construction Program. This report addresses (1) the extent of the delays and cost increases and the reasons for them and (2) the adequacy of the State Department?s management of the program.

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A Message from the Comptroller General

By: Charles A. Bowsher

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Excerpt: In 1991, U.S. policymakersfa cede straordinar) challenges. War in the Persian Gulf, upheaval in the Soviet Union, uncertainty in the finxxial scrvicrsi ndustry, runway increasesin the cost of health care, unabated growh in thr federal budget d&it-these end other evrnts and conditions madei t more urgent than everf ix policymakersto respond cffcctiwly to the issues...

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Va Health Care for Women Despite Progress, Improvements Needed

By: David P. Baine

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Excerpt: This report responds to your request for information on the progress the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made in improving health care services for women veterans. In 1982,? we reported that VA facilities were unable to meet the health care needs of women veterans to the same extent as that of men veterans. In September 1990, you asked that we determine (1) VA?S progress, following our 1982 report, in providing needed health care services to women vetera...

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Foreign Aid Police Training and Assistance

By: Harold J. Johnson

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Excerpt: This report partially responds to your request that we review U.S. training and assistance provided to foreign law enforcement agencies and personnel. This report provides information on (1) the legislative authority for providing assistance to foreign law enforcement agencies and personnel, (2) the extent and cost of U.S. activities, and (3) experts? opinions on the management of these programs.

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Aviation Research, Information on Funding, Staffing, And Timing of...

By: Kenneth M. Mead

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Excerpt: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Research, Engineering, and Development (RE&D) Program is an important element in ensuring the safety and efficiency of the U.S. air transport system. Although FAA is modernizing the air traffic control system through its $32 billion Capital Investment Plan, the need to accommodate increasing air travel and maintain aviation safety continues to pose longterm challenges. To assist FAA in meeting these challenges, the Con...

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Comptroller General of the United States

By: Charles A. Bowsher

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Excerpt: As requested by Senators Bradley and Dome&i, who were subsequently joined by Senator Sasser, and Representatives Panetta and Hamilton, this report examines the long-term effects of the federal budget and discusses ways of enhancing the long-term perspective in budgeting. The federal budget is structurally unbalanced. This imbalance will do increasing damage to the economy in the future and is unsustainable in the long term. Action to hold the deficit at its expe...

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Financial Management Bia Has Made Limited Progress in Reconciling ...

By: Jeffrey C. Steinhoff

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Excerpt: In response to your requests, this report updates the Bureau of Indian Affairs? (BIA) efforts to reconcile and audit the Indian trust fund accounts and develop a strategic financial management plan for correcting its long-standing trust fund financial management problems.

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U.S. Implementation of the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991

By: Frank C. Conahan

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Excerpt: This statement for the record discusses the results of our work On the implementation of the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991. The act represents an important effort to respond to risks and opportunities presented by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through the act, the Congress authorized use of $400 million to facilitate, on a priority basis, the transportation, storage, safeguarding, and destruction of Soviet nuclear, chemical, and other weapons a...

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Weak Internal Controls Hamper Oversight of Does Security Program

By: J. Dexter Peach

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Excerpt: The Department of Energy (DOE) has major research, development, and production responsibilities for the nation?s nuclear weapons program and owns a broad spectrum of facilities to carry out these responsibilities. The facilities house, among other things, special nuclear materials used in making nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons components. To avoid the serious consequencest hat could result from acts of radiological sabotage or the diversion of nuclear materi...

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Promising Approach to Judicial Reform in Colombia

By: Harold J. Johnson

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Excerpt: This is the second report in response to your request that we review U.S. assistance to improve the administration of justice worldwide.? This report focuses on U.S. efforts to assist Colombia in improving its judicial system. We have also issued reports to congressional committees addressing U.S. efforts to improve the judicial systems in El Salvador and Panama. Specifically, this report describes (1) the approach employed by the United States to manage its jud...

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A Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process

By: Donald H. Chapin

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Excerpt: The federal budget is the principal policy statement of the President?s fiscal priorities and proposals for allocating expenditures and taxes. The budget also functions as a framework and reference point for congressional budgetary actions. Because of the budget?s economic, social, and political importance and its role in providing the information needed to assess program efficiency and effectiveness, an understanding of budget concepts is essential. Budgetary t...

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Meeting the Training Needs of Police in New Democracies

By: Harold J. Johnson

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Excerpt: In response to a prior request from you and former Senators Alan Cranston and Brock Adams, we had been reviewing the extent to which assistance could support the U.S. foreign policy objective of promoting and consolidating democratic values. In October 1992, Congress authorized the executive branch to begin law enforcement training to support judicial reform efforts in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.l This report discusses (1) whether the...

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Comptroller General's Annual Report

By: Charles A. Bowsher

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Excerpt: Events are unfolding in the United States and around the world at an unprecedented pace. The worldwide political and economic restructuring has important implications for the future of US. competitiveness in international markets and for defense force reduction and realignment, At the same time, problems associated with the budget deficit continue to challenge the nation?s ability to provide programs and services in crucial areas, such as health care, education,...

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Analysis of Dod's Recommendations and Selection Process for Closur...

By: Charles A. Bowsher

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Excerpt: The Secretary of Defense transmitted his recommendations for base closures and realignments to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission on March 12, 1993. This report responds to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (P.L. lOl-SlO), as amended, which requires that we provide the Congress and the Commission, by no later than April 15, 1993, a report on the recommendations and selection process. We have identified issues for consideration...

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Important Challenges Affecting Aviation Safety, Capacity, And Effi...

By: Kenneth M. Mead

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Excerpt: We appreciate the opportunity to testify on the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) programs and activities that provide the framework for its fiscal year 1994 budget request. At $9. billion, FAA's budget request represents a 3.5 percent increase over the fiscal year 1993 appropriation. This includes $2.5 billion for facilities and equipment (F&E); $4.6 billion for operations; $1.8 billion for grants-in-aid to airports; and $250 million for res...

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Using Private Sector Practices Can Reduce Costs and Eliminate Problems

By: Donna M. Heivilin

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Excerpt: This report was prepared in response to your request that we compare commercial logistics practices with similar Department of Defense operations. It provides the results of our review of inventory management practices used by the private sector food industry and the Department of Defense to supply food to their end-users. We are sending copies of this report to appropriate congressional committees; the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, the Navy, and the Air For...

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