Other, Independent Agencies (21 - 30 of 51 items)
Unemployment Insurance: Survey of State Administrators and Contacts with Companies Promoting Tax Avoidance Practices
GAO-03-819T: Published: Jun 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2003.
GAO appeared before Subcommittees on Oversight and Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means to discuss the results of our investigation of the extent to which states have found that companies manipulate state unemployment tax rates through a variety of methods in order to lower their unemployment taxes, a practice known as "SUTA dumping," and of the extent to which some consulting firms...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Statutory Limitation on Administrative Expenses Does Not Provide Meaningful Control
GAO-03-301: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
Concerned about the increasing proportion of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) operational and administrative budget that is outside the annual administrative expense limitation, the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging asked GAO to review PBGC's (1) application of the limitations set forth in its appropriations in developing its budget estimates and (2)...
Employee Privacy: Computer-Use Monitoring Practices and Policies of Selected Companies
GAO-02-717: Published: Sep 27, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2002.
Over the past decade, there has been a technological revolution in the workplace as businesses have increasingly turned to computer technology the primary tool to communicate, conduct research, and store information. Also during this time, concern has grown among private sector employers that their computer resources may be abused by employees--either by accessing offensive material or jeopardizin...
Worker Protection: Better Coordination Can Improve Safety at Hazardous Material Facilities
GAO-01-62: Published: Oct 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2000.
Work places that produce, use, store, or dispose of hazardous materials are considered to be among the most dangerous in the nation. Workers at these facilities face the potential for injury, chronic illness, or death, which can be caused simply by exposure to certain materials. Several agencies play a role in protecting workplace safety and health. This report discusses coordination of efforts by...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Trends, Outcomes, and Management Issues in Dislocated Worker Programs
GAO-01-59: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
Concerns about the effects of the globalization of national economies and the rapid pace of economic change have focused attention on federal programs designed to assist U.S. workers displaced by foreign trade and increased imports. GAO reviewed two programs run by the Department of Labor. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjust...
Employer-Based Managed Care Plans: ERISA's Effect on Remedies for Benefit Denials and Medical Malpractice
HEHS-98-154: Published: Jul 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how people enrolled in employer-based managed care plans are compensated when they are improperly denied health care benefits or when they experience negligent medical care and the role that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plays, focusing on: (1) whether the transition from traditional employer-based fee-for-service health plans...
Equal Access to Justice Act: Its Use in Selected Agencies
HEHS-98-58R: Published: Jan 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1998.
Pursuant to congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) historical and legislative background of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA); (2) government-wide use of the EAJA; and (3) applicability of other fee-shifting statutes.GAO noted that: (1) EAJA was intended to reimburse individuals and small businesses with limited resources for attorneys' fees and other expenses when they prevail in both...
Health Insurance Regulation: Varying State Requirements Affect Cost of Insurance
HEHS-96-161: Published: Aug 19, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs of state health insurance requirements, focusing on: (1) premium taxes on insured health plans; (2) mandated health benefits; (3) financial solvency standards; and (4) state health insurance reforms affecting small employers.GAO found that: (1) state health insurance regulation imposes requirements and costs on third-party...
Public Pensions: State and Local Government Contributions to Underfunded Plans
HEHS-96-56: Published: Mar 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of public pension plan funding, focusing on the basic pension plans of state and local governments.GAO found that: (1) states and localities with underfunded pension plans run the risk of reducing future pension benefits to taxpayers or raising revenues; (2) unfunded liabilities for all state and local pension plans totalled $200 billion...
Private Pensions: Protections for Retirees' Insurance Annuities Can Be Strengthened
HRD-93-29: Published: Mar 31, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of protections for retirees' insurance annuities, focusing on: (1) state guarantee coverage of insurance annuities retirees receive from private pension plans; (2) federal regulation and oversight of private pension plans' selection of insurers to provide annuity benefits; and (3) options for improving annuity protections.GAO found tha...