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Older Workers: Some Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Older Workers
GAO-07-433T: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
More Americans remaining in the workforce at older ages could lead to benefits at several levels. First, working longer will allow older workers to bolster their retirement savings. Second, hiring and retaining older workers will help employers deal with projected labor shortages. Third, older workers will contribute to economic growth and increase federal revenues, helping to defray some of the a...
Childhood Obesity: Factors Affecting Physical Activity
GAO-07-260R: Published: Dec 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2007.
The latest data show continued increases in rates of childhood obesity. For example, obesity rates for children 6 to 11 years old are estimated to have increased from 15.1 to 18.8 percent between 1999 and 2004. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 20 percent of children and youth in the United States will be obese by 2010. There are numerous negative health outcomes and finan...
Suggested Areas for Oversight for the 110th Congress
GAO-07-235R: Published: Nov 17, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2006.
GAO is pleased to offer three sets of recommendations for consideration of the agenda of the 110th Congress. The first suggests targets for near-term oversight; the second proposes policies and programs that are in need of fundamental reform and re-engineering; and the third lists governance issues that should be addressed to help ensure an economical, efficient, effective, ethical, and equitable...
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...
Nutrigenetic Testing: Tests Purchased from Four Web Sites Mislead Consumers
GAO-06-977T: Published: Jul 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2006.
Scientists increasingly believe that most, if not all, diseases have a genetic component. Consequently, genetic testing is becoming an integral part of health care with great potential for future test development and use. Some genetic tests are sold directly to the consumer via the Internet or retail stores, and purport to use genetic information to deliver personalized nutrition and lifestyle gui...
Regulatory Flexibility Act: Congress Should Revisit and Clarify Elements of the Act to Improve Its Effectiveness
GAO-06-998T: Published: Jul 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2006.
Federal regulation is one of the basic tools of government used to implement public policy. In 1980, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) was enacted in response to concerns about the effect that regulations can have on small entities, including small businesses, small governmental jurisdictions, and certain small not-for-profit organizations. Congress amended RFA in 1996, and the President issued...
Agreed-Upon Procedures: Senate Office of Public Records Revolving Fund Fiscal Years 2003-2005
GAO-06-651R: Published: Jun 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2006.
We performed the agreed-upon procedures requested by the Secretary of the Senate related to receipt and disbursement processing and related procedures applicable to the Office of Public Records Revolving Fund's (the Fund's) fiscal years 2003-2005. In summary, the procedures we agreed to perform involved inspecting supporting documentation for Fund-related receipt and disbursement activities proces...
Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Vulnerable Populations due to Hurricanes and Other Diasasters
GAO-06-790T: Published: May 18, 2006. Publicly Released: May 18, 2006.
Hurricane Katrina struck near the Louisiana-Mississippi border and became one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, affecting a large geographic area and necessitating the evacuation of people from parts of the area, including vulnerable populations, such as hospital patients, nursing home residents and transportation-disadvantaged populations who were not in such facilities. The disaste...
Senior Community Service Employment Program: Labor Has Made Progress Implementing Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000, but Challenges Remain
GAO-06-549T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
The aging of the baby boom generation and increased life expectancy pose serious challenges for our nation. Older adults often must re-enter the workforce in order to remain self-sufficient. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the only federal program that is specifically designed to assist low-income older adults by providing part-time community service jobs and training to...
Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004
GAO-06-363: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
GAO contracted with Clifton Gunderson LLP to audit the financial statements of the Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for fiscal years 2005 and 2004. Clifton Gunderson LLP found that (1) the financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) the Fund maintained effective internal control over financial reportin...