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Elderly Voters: Information on Promising Practices Could Strengthen the Integrity of the Voting Process in Long-term Care Facilities
GAO-10-6: Published: Nov 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2009.
Voting is fundamental to the U.S. democratic system and federal law provides broad protections for people with disabilities, including older voters. Many long-term care facility residents, who often have physical or cognitive impairments, vote by absentee or early ballot. Concerns have been raised about the extent to which states and localities are helping the increasing number of facility residen...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Financial Challenges Highlight Need for Improved Governance and Management
GAO-09-702T: Published: May 20, 2009. Publicly Released: May 20, 2009.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) insures the retirement future of nearly 44 million people in over 29,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans. In July 2003, GAO designated PBGC's single-employer pension insurance program--its largest insurance program--as "high risk," including it on GAO's list of major programs that need urgent Congressional attention and agency action. Th...
Guardianships: Little Progress in Ensuring Protection for Incapacitated Elderly People
GAO-06-1086T: Published: Sep 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2006.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging asked GAO to follow up on its 2004 report, Guardianships: Collaboration Needed to Protect Incapacitated Elderly People, GAO-04-655. This report covered what state courts do to ensure that guardians fulfill their responsibilities, what exemplary guardianship programs look like, and how state courts and federal agencies work together to protect incapacitated eld...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Long-Term Financing Risks to Single-Employer Insurance Program Highlight Need for Comprehensive Reform
GAO-04-150T: Published: Oct 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
More than 34 million workers and retirees in 30,000 single-employer defined benefit pension plans rely on a federal insurance program managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to protect their pension benefits, and the program's long-term financial viability is in doubt. Over the last decade, the program swung from a $3.6 billion accumulated deficit (liabilities exceeded assets),...
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)...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Contracting Management Needs Improvement
HEHS-00-130: Published: Sep 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) contracting activities, focusing on: (1) the basis for PBGC's decisions regarding the use of contractors versus government personnel to address its workloads; (2) PBGC's processes and procedures for selecting contractors; and (3) how effective PBGC has been in monitoring the per...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Contract Management Needs Improvement
T-HEHS-00-199: Published: Sep 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) management of its contracting responsibilities, focusing on: (1) the basis for PBGC's decisions regarding the use of contractors versus government personnel to address its workloads; (2) PBGC's processes and procedures for selecting contractors; and (3) how effective PBGC has been in monitoring the...
Legal Services Corporation: More Needs to Be Done to Correct Case Service Reporting Problems
GGD-99-183: Published: Sep 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) what efforts the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and its grantees have made to correct problems with case service reporting; and (2) whether these efforts are likely to resolve the case reporting problems that occurred in 1997.GAO noted that: (1) LSC revised its written guidance and issued a new handbook to its grantees to clarify case repo...
Social Security Administration: Significant Progress Made in Year 2000 Effort, But Key Risks Remain
AIMD-98-6: Published: Oct 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) actions to achieve Year 2000 information systems compliance, focusing on the adequacy of steps taken by SSA to ensure that computing problems related to the year 2000 are fully addressed, including its oversight of state disability determinations services' (DDS) Year 2000 program activities.GAO noted that:...
Private Pensions: Risks to Retirees Posed by Insurance Company Failures
T-HRD-91-23: Published: Apr 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1991.
GAO discussed: (1) risks pensioners faced when their defined benefit plans purchased insurance annuities that are not federally insured; (2) how insurance industry problems affected participants in defined contribution plans; and (3) issues associated with extending federal guarantees to insurance annuitants. GAO noted that: (1) defined benefit plan pensioners whose plans purchased insurance annui...