Manner in Which the National Commission on Water Quality's Final Report Was Developed

Gao ID: CED-77-33 March 1, 1977

The National Commission on Water Quality was required to report to the Congress on a study of all technological aspects and all economic, social, and environmental effects of achieving the Federal Water Pollution Control Act's 1983 water quality goals and effluent limitations.

No inconsistency was found between Commission procedures for selecting contractors and the objectivity of Commission reports. Commission officials said that the selection procedures established were adequate and were followed in the selection of contractors. Examination of documentation for four contracts showed that the Commission followed established contractor selection procedures for three of the four contracts. The report review process was adequate and provided an opportunity on the ability of the Commission staff to assure that legitimate review comments were adequately considered by the contractor. The technical accuracy of comments submitted on specific contractor reports was not considered.

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