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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...
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...
Drug Control: State Approaches Taken to Control Access to Key Methamphetamine Ingredient Show Varied Impact on Domestic Drug Labs
GAO-13-204: Published: Jan 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2013.
Methamphetamine (meth) lab incidents--seizures of labs, dumpsites, chemicals, and glassware--declined following state and federal sales restrictions on pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, but they rose again after changes to methods in acquiring PSE and in the methods to produce meth. According to Drug Enforcement Administration (DE...
Retirement Security: Older Women Remain at Risk
GAO-12-825T: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
Over the last decade, working womens access to and participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans have improved relative to men. In fact, from 1998 to 2009, women surpassed men in their likelihood of working for an employer that offered a pension planlargely because the proportion of men covered by a plan declined. Furthermore, as employers have continued to terminate their defin...
Retirement Security: Women Still Face Challenges
GAO-12-699: Published: Jul 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
Over the last decade, working womens access to and participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans have improved relative to men. Indeed, from 1998 to 2009, women surpassed men in their likelihood of working for an employer that offered a pension plan, largely because the proportion of men covered by a plan declined. Furthermore, as employers have continued to terminate their defined be...
Gun Control: States' Laws and Requirements for Concealed Carry Permits Vary across the Nation
GAO-12-717: Published: Jul 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2012.
The number of states allowing concealed carry permits is increasing, and states broadly differ in eligibility requirements and the extent to which they have reciprocity agreements. In June 2002, 7 states and the District of Columbia prohibited the concealed carry of handguns. As of March 2012, individuals can carry concealed handguns in all but 1 state (Illinois) and the District of Columbia. ...
Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-445: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
As with many other demographic groups, older workers unemployment overall and long-term unemployment rates have increased dramatically since the recession began in 2007. In December 2011, the unemployment rate for older workers was 6.0 percent, up from 3.1 at the start of the recession, but down from its peak of 7.6 percent in February 2010. In particular, long-term unemployment rose substan...
Unemployed Older Workers: Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-724T: Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
Unemployment rates for workers of all ages have risen dramatically since the start of the recent recession in December 2007, and workers age 55 and over have faced particularly long periods of unemployment. The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for older workers increased from 3.1 percent in December 2007 to a high of 7.6 percent in February 2010, before it decreased to 6.0 percent in April...
Senate Preservation Fund: Audit of Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 Transactions
GAO-12-271R: Published: Feb 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2012.
For fiscal years 2009 and 2010, the Funds recorded transactions consisted of 136 investment and operating transactions recorded and accounted for by the Library. The Funds recorded transactions were authorized in advance, supported by documentation, and accurately accounted for. However, while the Funds transactions were generally recorded promptly, we did identify five instances...
Postsecondary Education: Student Outcomes Vary at For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Public Schools
GAO-12-143: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
Institutions of higher education, including for-profit, nonprofit, and public schools, receive billions of dollars each year from the Department of Education (Education) to help students pay for school. In the 2009-2010 school year, Education provided $132 billion in grants and loans to students under federal student aid programs, up from $49 billion in the 2001-2002 school year. However, relative...