The Resource Forest Service : emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, statement of Robin M. Nazzaro

Forest Service : emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, statement of Robin M. Nazzaro

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Forest Service : emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives
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Forest Service
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emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives
Statement of responsibility
statement of Robin M. Nazzaro
Title variation
Emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges
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eng
Summary
While the Forest Service has made improvements in many areas GAO has reported on in recent years, certain management challenges persist--with the agency struggling to manage a worsening wildland fire problem and spiraling fire costs, collect data on its activities and their costs, and demonstrate financial and performance accountability to Congress and the public. Several emerging issues facing the agency underscore the urgency of addressing these challenges. The Forest Service continues to lack strategies for using its wildland fire management funds effectively. In numerous reports over the past decade, GAO has highlighted the challenges the Forest Service faces in protecting the nation against the threat of wildland fires. While the agency has taken important steps to improve its wildland fire management, other key steps remain. Specifically, the agency needs to (1) develop a cohesive strategy laying out various potential long-term approaches for addressing wildland fire, the estimated costs associated with each approach, and the trade-offs involved; (2) establish clear goals and a strategy to help contain increasing wildland fire costs; (3) continue improving its processes for allocating funds and selecting projects to reduce potentially hazardous vegetation; and (4) take steps to improve its use of a new interagency budgeting and planning tool. Program management suffers from lack of data on activities and costs. GAO's work over the years points to a persistent shortcoming in the Forest Service's management of its activities: the lack of adequate data on program activities and costs. This shortcoming spans multiple land management programs, including programs for selling timber and rehabilitating and reforesting lands that have been burned, as well as administrative functions such as the competitive sourcing program, which aims to increase competition between federal entities and private sector organizations. Inadequate data have hindered field managers in carrying out their duties and prevented the agency from understanding how much its activities are costing. Financial and performance accountability have been inadequate. The Forest Service has struggled to implement adequate internal controls over its funds, generate accurate financial information, and provide clear measures of what it accomplishes with the appropriations it receives every year. GAO's concerns about these issues date back to the 1990s but have yet to be fully addressed. Several emerging issues underscore the need for the Forest Service to improve its management. The evolving effects of climate change, increasing development in and near wildlands, the aging of the federal workforce, and our nation's long-term fiscal condition likely will have profound implications for the agency and magnify the urgency of addressing these challenges
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Nazzaro, Robin M
Government publication
federal national government publication
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no index present
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non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
Series statement
Testimony
Series volume
GAO-09-443T
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  • United States
  • Forest reserves
  • Public lands
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Forest Service : emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, statement of Robin M. Nazzaro
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 12, 2009)
  • "For release ... March 11, 2009."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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18 pages
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electronic
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computer
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rdamedia
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digital, PDF file.
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Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 3/12/09: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09443t.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Forest Service : emerging issues highlight the need to address persistent management challenges : testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, statement of Robin M. Nazzaro
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 12, 2009)
  • "For release ... March 11, 2009."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
18 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 3/12/09: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09443t.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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