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Actions Needed to Improve the Transparency and Reliability of Labor's Data on the H-2A Program
GAO-13-144R: Published: Jul 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2013.
The H-2A visa program allows U.S. employers that anticipate a shortage of domestic agricultural workers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis. GAO issued a report on the process employers follow in applying for these workers and made several recommendations to the Department of Labor (Labor) for improving that process In pursuing work on that report, GAO found that the number of application...
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request: U.S. Government Accountability Office
GAO-13-617T: Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget RequestIn February, GAO submitted its fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request for a modest increase of 1.9 percent to bolster its staff capacity and retain its highly skilled workforce. Consistent with guidance from the appropriations committees and OMB, the FY 2014 request was based on the annualized level of the initial continuing resolution (CR) which provided a slight incr...
Medicare: Legislative Modifications Have Resulted in Payment Adjustments for Most Hospitals
GAO-13-334: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
Over time, Congress has modified how Medicare reimburses certain hospitals under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS), which pays hospitals a flat fee per stay, set in advance, with different amounts for each type of condition. GAO identified numerous statutory provisions that individually increased Medicare payments to a subset of hospitals.Seven provisions enabled hospitals to be paid...
Capitol Preservation Fund: Audit of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Transactions
GAO-13-489R: Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.
For fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the Capitol Preservation Funds (Fund) recorded transactions consisted of 101 investment and operating transactions. With the exception of one investment purchase, the Funds recorded transactions were authorized in advance, supported by documentation, accurately accounted for, and in compliance with the applicable laws that GAO deemed significant to its a...
Senate Preservation Fund: Audit of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Transactions
GAO-13-490R: Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.
For fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the Senate Preservation Funds (Fund) recorded transactions consisted of 22 investment and operating transactions. The Funds recorded transactions were authorized in advance, supported by documentation, accurately accounted for, and in compliance with the applicable laws that GAO deemed significant to its audit objectives.GAO also found that the Senate Co...
State and Local Governments' Fiscal Outlook: April 2013 Update
GAO-13-546SP: Published: Apr 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2013.
GAOs State and Local Fiscal SimulationsFiscal sustainability presents a national challenge shared by all levels of government. Since 2007, GAO has published long-term fiscal simulations for the state and local government sector. These simulations have consistently shown that, like the federal government, the state and local sector faces persistent and long-term fiscal pressures and, absent a...
Office of National Drug Control Policy: Office Could Better Identify Opportunities to Increase Program Coordination
GAO-13-333: Published: Mar 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2013.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and federal agencies have not made progress toward achieving most of the goals articulated in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy (the Strategy), but are reported to be on track to implement most Strategy action items intended to support these goals. ONDCP established seven Strategy goals related to reducing illicit drug use and its consequenc...
Automated Teller Machines: Some Consumer Fees Have Increased
GAO-13-266: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2013.
Automated teller machine (ATM) operators include financial institutions--banks and credit unions--as well as independent firms. Industry representatives GAO spoke with estimate there are approximately 420,000 ATMs in the United States. They estimate that financial institutions operate and set the fees for about half of the market, and independent operators work together with merchants to operate t...
The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook: Spring 2013 Update
GAO-13-481SP: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2013.
Since 1992, GAO has published long-term fiscal simulations showing federal deficits and debt under different sets of policy assumptions.GAO developed its long-term model in response to a bipartisan request from members of Congress concerned about the long-term effects of fiscal policy. GAO's simulations provide context for consideration of policy options. They are not intended to suggest particula...
401(K) Plans: Labor and IRS Could Improve the Rollover Process for Participants
GAO-13-30: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2013.
The current rollover process favors distributions to individual retirement accounts (IRA). Waiting periods to roll into a new employer plan, complex verification procedures to ensure savings are tax-qualified, wide divergences in plans' paperwork, and inefficient practices for processing rollovers make IRA rollovers an easier and faster choice, especially given that IRA providers often offer assis...