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Older Workers: Labor Can Help Employers and Employees Plan Better for the Future
GAO-06-80: Published: Dec 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2005.
Demographic changes pose serious challenges for employers, the economy, and older Americans. As the baby boomers near traditional retirement ages, the loss of experienced workers could have adverse effects on productivity and economic growth. Also, many older Americans face less-secure retirements due to rising health care costs, pension coverage changes, and fiscal pressures on the nation's retir...
Childhood Obesity: Most Experts Identified Physical Activity and the Use of Best Practices as Key to Successful Programs
GAO-06-127R: Published: Oct 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2005.
In the past 30 years, the number of obese children has increased throughout the United States, leading some policy makers to rank childhood obesity as a critical public health threat. The rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled for children between the ages of 6 and 11 and also increased for children of other ages over the same period. According to a 2005 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report...
Drug Control: Air Bridge Denial Program in Colombia Has Implemented New Safeguards, but Its Effect on Drug Trafficking Is Not Clear
GAO-05-970: Published: Sep 6, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2005.
In the 1990s, the United States operated a program in Colombia and Peru called Air Bridge Denial (ABD). The ABD program targeted drug traffickers that transport illicit drugs through the air by forcing down suspicious aircraft, using lethal force if necessary. The program was suspended in April 2001 when a legitimate civilian aircraft was shot down in Peru and two U.S. citizens were killed. The pr...
Security Assistance: Efforts to Secure Colombia's Cano Limon-Covenas Oil Pipeline Have Reduced Attacks, but Challenges Remain
GAO-05-971: Published: Sep 6, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2005.
Oil is one of Colombia's principal exports. The Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline transports almost 20 percent of Colombia's oil production. The pipeline originates in the Department of Arauca in northeast Colombia. It carries oil nearly 500 miles to the Caribbean port of Covenas. The pipeline has been a principal infrastructure target for terrorist attacks by Colombia's insurgent groups. During 200...
Redefining Retirement: Options for Older Americans
GAO-05-620T: Published: Apr 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2005.
In the 21st century our nation faces a growing fiscal imbalance. A demographic shift will begin to affect the federal budget in 2008 as the first baby boomers become eligible for Social Security benefits. This shift will increase as spending for federal health and retirement programs swells. Long-term commitments for these and other federal programs will drive a massive imbalance between spending...
Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2003
GAO-05-297: Published: Mar 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2005.
GAO contracted with Clifton Gunderson LLP to audit the financial statements of the Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for fiscal years 2004 and 2003. 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...
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: House Interparliamentary Groups
GAO-05-236R: Published: Feb 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2005.
GAO agreed to assist Congress in evaluating the extent to which the Schedules of Receipts, Disbursements, and Fund Balance for five Interparliamentary Groups appropriately reflect the actual cash receipts and disbursements and related fund balances for the years ended December 31, 2002, and 2001. These five groups were the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group, Canada-United States Interpa...
Social Security: Long-Term Challenges Warrant Early Action
GAO-05-303T: Published: Feb 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2005.
Social Security is the foundation of the nation's retirement income system, helping to protect the vast majority of American workers and their families from poverty in old age. However, it is much more than a retirement program and also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires and as Americans continue...
Financial Audit: U.S. Senate Gift Shop Revolving Fund's Fiscal Years 2002 and 2001 Financial Statements
GAO-04-906: Published: Aug 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2004.
This report presents the results of our audit of the Senate Gift Shop's Statement of Receipts, Disbursements, and Fund Balance for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2002 and September 30, 2001. This report also contains our opinion on the effectiveness of the Fund's related internal control as of September 30, 2002, and our evaluation of its compliance with selected provision of laws and regula...
Intelligence Reform: Human Capital Considerations Critical to 9/11 Commission's Proposed Reforms
GAO-04-1084T: Published: Sep 14, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2004.
GAO has performed extensive work and gained experience on government transformation and the critical role that human capital management can play in driving this change. Valuable lessons from these efforts could help guide the proposed reforms in the intelligence community envisioned by the 9/11 Commission. This statement focuses on (1) the lessons GAO has learned from successful mergers and organi...