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Emergency Preparedness: Agencies Need Coordinated Guidance on Incorporating Telework into Emergency and Continuity Planning
GAO-11-628: Published: Jul 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2011.
When historic snowstorms forced lengthy closings of federal offices in the National Capital Region in 2010, thousands of employees continued to work from their homes, making clear the potential of telework in mitigating the effects of emergencies. GAO was asked to (1) describe the guidance lead agencies have issued pertaining to the use of telework during emergencies; (2) describe Office of Person...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Contracts Awarded and Consultants Retained by Federal Departments and Agencies to Assist in Implementing the Act
GAO-11-797R: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), contained provisions to increase access to health insurance coverage through: health insurance market reforms; an expansion of Medicaid eligibility; and the creation of health insurance exchanges to provide small employers and individuals access to coverage. In ad...
Federal Work/Life Programs: Agencies Generally Satisfied with OPM Assistance, but More Tracking and Information Sharing Needed
GAO-11-137: Published: Dec 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2010.
To improve its ability to recruit and retain federal employees, agencies have implemented a wide range of work/life programs, such as flexible work schedules, child care, and employee assistance programs. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) plays a key role in guiding federal human capital initiatives, including the implementation of work/life programs. As requested, GAO determined the extent...
Personnel Security Clearances: Overall Progress Has Been Made to Reform the Governmentwide Security Clearance Process
GAO-11-232T: Published: Dec 1, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2010.
This testimony discusses our key findings and recommendations in our report that we are releasing today on some aspects of personnel security clearance reforms. We conducted our review in response to a congressional request. This is the fourth in a series of hearings, in which Congress has asked GAO to testify; and this Subcommittee's continued oversight has helped focus attention on the need for...
Guardianships: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors
GAO-10-1046: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2010.
As individuals age, some become incapable of managing their personal and financial affairs. To protect these individuals, state laws provide for court appointment of guardians, who may be professionals or family members, to protect the incapacitated person's personal and/or financial welfare. State and local courts are responsible for overseeing guardians. In addition, federal agencies may appoint...
Privacy: OPM Should Better Monitor Implementation of Privacy-Related Policies and Procedures for Background Investigations
GAO-10-849: Published: Sep 7, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2010.
Approximately 90 percent of all federal background investigations are provided by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Federal Investigative Services (FIS) division. In fiscal year 2009, FIS conducted over 2 million investigations of varying types, making the organization a major steward of personal information on U.S. citizens. GAO was asked to (1) describe how OPM uses personally identifia...
Highlights of a Forum: Participant-Identified Leading Practices That Could Increase the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce
GAO-11-81SP: Published: Oct 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2010.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) requires agencies to take proactive steps to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities, but their rate of employment with the federal government remains low. GAO was asked to identify barriers to the employment of people with disabilities in the federal workforce and leading practices that could be used to overcome thes...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Performance Management Processes
GAO-10-946R: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents that protect innovations ranging from new treatments for diseases to new wireless technology applications. Over the last several years, increases in both the volume and complexity of patent applications have lengthened the time between when an application is submitted and when a final decision is made--referred to...
Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Health Status, Spending, and Utilization of Enrollees in Plans Based on Health Reimbursement Arrangements
GAO-10-616: Published: Jul 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2010.
Consumer-directed health plans (CDHP) combine a high-deductible health plan with a tax-advantaged account, such as a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), that enrollees can use to pay for health care expenses. In an effort to restrain cost growth, several employers, including the federal government through its Office of Personnel Management (OPM), have offered HRAs for several years. For enroll...
Personnel Practices: Conversions of Employees from Political to Career Positions May 2005-May 2009
GAO-10-688: Published: Jun 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2010.
Political appointees in the federal government sometimes seek appointments to career competitive and other positions which, unlike political appointments, do not terminate at the end of an administration. Federal agencies must use appropriate authorities and follow proper procedures in making these conversions. GAO was asked to determine for departments and selected agencies (1) the number and cha...