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Financial Audit: Securities and Exchange Commission's Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements
GAO-16-145R: Published: Nov 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2015.
GAO found (1) the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) and its Investor Protection Fund’s (IPF) financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2015, and 2014, were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) SEC maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over...
Rural Water Infrastructure: Federal Agencies Provide Funding but Could Increase Coordination to Help Communities [Reissued on November 6, 2015]
GAO-15-450T: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015.
Seven federal agencies provide funding or technical assistance to rural communities in developing drinking water and wastewater systems and complying with federal regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Drinking Water and Clean Water Revolving Funds (SRF) are the largest source of funding and assistance receiving $907 million and $1.45 billion respectively in fiscal year 2014, som...
2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts
GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015.
GAO found that the selected agencies—the Departments of Commerce, Energy, and State, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)—generally managed and tracked unobligated balances to ensure the effective use of program resources in the eight reviewed accounts. Agency estimation and management of unobligated balances in the reviewed accounts involved the following activities:Re...
Workers' Compensation: Health Benefit Programs for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and for Employees of U.S. Agency for International Development Contractors
GAO-16-28R: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015.
Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) both provide health benefits through workers' compensation programs. Peace Corps provides benefits to returned Peace Corps volunteers who sustain illnesses or injuries connected to their Peace Corps service under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) program administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). USAID provides...
Disability Insurance: SSA Could Do More to Prevent Overpayments or Incorrect Waivers to Beneficiaries
GAO-16-34: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015.
From fiscal years 2005 through 2014, GAO found that Social Security Administration (SSA) overpaid $11 billion in Disability Insurance (DI) program benefits to beneficiaries who had returned to work and had earnings above program limits, and about $1.4 billion in overpayments related to work activity was waived—because the beneficiary was found not at fault—and therefore will not be repaid. SSA...
Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges
GAO-15-347: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
GAO has a related report that discusses SBA’s organizational structure with a focus on its regional offices. See Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects of Closing Regional Offices, GAO-15-369 (Washington, D.C.: Sept. 22, 2015).What GAO FoundThe Small Business Administration (SBA) has not resolved many of its long-standing management challenges due to a lack of sustained...
Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects of Closing Regional Offices
GAO-15-369: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
GAO has a related report that addresses a range of SBA management issues, including strategic planning, human capital management, organizational structure, enterprise risk management, procedural guidance, and information technology. See Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-15-347 (Washington, D.C.: Sept. 22, 2015).What GAO FoundWhile lon...
Superfund: Trends in Federal Funding and Cleanup of EPA's Nonfederal National Priorities List Sites
GAO-15-812: Published: Sep 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2015.
Annual federal appropriations to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program generally declined from about $2 billion to about $1.1 billion in constant 2013 dollars from fiscal years 1999 through 2013. EPA expenditures—from these federal appropriations—of site-specific cleanup funds on remedial cleanup activities at nonfederal National Priorities List (NPL) sites declined fro...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Preliminary Results of Undercover Testing of the Federal Marketplace and Selected State Marketplaces for Coverage Year 2015
GAO-16-159T: Published: Oct 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2015.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health-insurance marketplaces are required to verify application information to determine eligibility for enrollment and, if applicable, determine eligibility for income-based subsidies or Medicaid. These verification steps include reviewing and validating information about an applicant's Social Security number, if one is provided; citi...
Strategic Sourcing: Opportunities Exist to Better Manage Information Technology Services Spending
GAO-15-549: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2015.
Efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to strategically manage spending for information technology (IT) services, such as software design and development, have improved in recent years. Each of the agencies GAO reviewed has designated officials responsible for strategic sourcing and created offices to ident...