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Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws [Reissued on February 27, 2015]
GAO-14-634: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2014.
The studies GAO reviewed on voter ownership of certain forms of identification (ID) documents show that most registered voters in the states that were the focus of these studies possessed the selected forms of state-issued ID, and the direct costs of required ID vary by state. GAO identified 10 studies of driver's license and state ID ownership, which showed that estimated ownership rates among al...
Indian Issues: Observations on Some Unique Factors that May Affect Economic Activity on Tribal Lands
GAO-11-543T: Published: Apr 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2011.
Indian tribes are among the most economically distressed groups in the United States. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate among American Indian and Alaska Natives was almost twice as high as the population as a whole--27 percent compared with 15 percent. Residents of tribal lands often lack basic infrastructure, such as water and sewer systems, and sufficient technology...
Campaign Finance Reform: Experiences of Two States That Offered Full Public Funding for Political Candidates
GAO-10-390: Published: May 28, 2010. Publicly Released: May 28, 2010.
The 2000 elections in Maine and Arizona were the first in the nation's history where candidates seeking state legislative seats had the option to fully fund their campaigns with public moneys. In 2003, GAO reviewed the public financing programs in Maine and Arizona and found the programs' goals were to (1) increase electoral competition; (2) increase voter choice; (3) curb increases in campaign co...
Retiree Health Benefits: Majority of Sponsors Continued to Offer Prescription Drug Coverage and Chose the Retiree Drug Subsidy
GAO-07-572: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) created a prescription drug benefit for beneficiaries, called Medicare Part D, beginning in January 2006. The MMA resulted in options for sponsors of employment-based prescription drug benefits, such as a federal subsidy payment--the retiree drug subsidy (RDS)--when sponsors provide benefits meeting certain MMA requir...
Posthearing Questions Related to Assessing Progress in Human Capital Management
GAO-04-1072R: Published: Sep 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2004.
On July 20, 2004, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on "Building the 21st Century Federal Workforce: Assessing Progress in Human Capital Management." This letter responds to committee members' request that GAO provide answers to follow-up questions.A key reason G...
Collective Bargaining Rights: Information on the Number of Workers with and without Bargaining Rights
GAO-02-835: Published: Sep 13, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2002.
In 1935, the federal National Labor Relations Act provided U.S. workers the right to bargain over wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment with their employers, forming the framework for collective bargaining in the United States. The Act allowed workers to join together to form unions and required that employers recognize certified employee unions and bargain "in good faith." Al...
Impact of Gambling: Economic Effects More Measurable Than Social Effects
GGD-00-78: Published: Apr 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Gambling Impact Study Commission's (NGISC) case study on gambling, focusing on: (1) the economic effects of gambling, particularly on employment, bankruptcy, and tax revenues and community investment; (2) the social effects of gambling; (3) the prevalence of pathological gambling; and (4) whether communities offer incentives to attract...
Federal Statistics: Merchandise Trade Statistics--Some Observations
OCE-89-1BR: Published: Apr 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1989.
GAO analyzed the nation's foreign trade statistics system, focusing on: (1) the timeliness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of merchandise trade statistics; (2) possible shortcomings in the trade statistics collection and reporting system; and (3) possible areas of improvement.GAO found that: (1) variations in processing lags from month to month, from port to port, and between exports and imports...
Better Use of Information Technology Can Reduce the Burden of Federal Paperwork
GGD-83-39: Published: Apr 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed four data collection activities to determine the potential benefits in terms of information technology.GAO found that increased use of information technology would reduce the federal paperwork burden and improve the efficiency of the data collection activities. While the extent of the potential benefits varied, opportunities exist in all of the...