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Elderly Voters: Some Improvements in Voting Accessibility from 2000 to 2004 Elections, but Gaps in Policy and Implementation Remain
GAO-08-442T: Published: Jan 31, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2008.
Voting is fundamental to our democratic system, and federal law generally requires polling places for federal elections to be accessible to older voters and voters with physical disabilities. Following reports of problems encountered in the close 2000 presidential election with respect to voter registration lists, absentee ballots, ballot counting, and antiquated voting systems, the Help America V...
Bankruptcy and Child Support Enforcement: Improved Information Sharing Possible without Routine Data Matching
GAO-08-100: Published: Jan 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2008.
Recognizing the importance of child support, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires that if a parent with child support obligations files for bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee must notify the relevant custodial parent and state child support enforcement agency so that they may participate in the case. The act also required GAO to study the feasibility of matchi...
Entitlement Reform Process: Other Countries' Experiences Provide Useful Insights for the United States
GAO-08-372: Published: Jan 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2008.
Looking to the future, our nation faces large and growing structural deficits and escalating federal debt due primarily to rising health care costs and known demographic trends. Slowing the growth of entitlements is an essential part of the solution to these challenges. GAO was asked to identify useful insights from the entitlement reform processes in other countries. Specifically, GAO was asked t...
Agreed-Upon Procedures: Senate Office of Public Records Revolving Fund, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
GAO-08-201R: Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.
GAO performed the agreed-upon procedures Congress requested related to receipt and disbursement processing and related procedures applicable to the Office of Public Records Revolving Fund (the Fund) for fiscal years 2006 and 2007. In summary, the procedures we agreed with Congress to perform related to supporting documentation for Fund-related receipt and disbursement activities processed through...
Private Pensions: 401(k) Plan Participants and Sponsors Need Better Information on Fees
GAO-08-95T: Published: Oct 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2007.
According to Labor's most recent data, there are an estimated 44 million active participants in 401(k) plans. As participants accrue earnings on their investments, they also pay a number of fees, associated with 401(k) plans. Over the course of the employee's career, fees may significantly decrease retirement account balances. For plan sponsors, understanding the fees they are being charged helps...
Retirement Decisions: Federal Policies Offer Mixed Signals about When to Retire
GAO-07-753: Published: Jul 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2007.
While many factors influence workers' decisions to retire, Social Security, Medicare, and pension laws also play a role, offering incentives to retire earlier and later. Identifying these incentives and how workers respond can help policy makers address the demographic challenges facing the nation. GAO assessed (1) the incentives federal policies provide about when to retire, (2) recent retirement...
Internal Control: Improvements Needed in the Library of Congress' Capitol Preservation Fund-Related Internal Controls
GAO-07-732R: Published: May 25, 2007. Publicly Released: May 25, 2007.
On March 13, 2007, we issued our report on our audit of the Capitol Preservation Fund's (CPF) fiscal years 2005 and 2004 financial statements, including the results of our tests of related internal control and selected provisions of laws. In that report, we noted the need to improve certain CPF-related internal controls established by the Library of Congress (Library) in conjunction with financial...
Energy Markets: Mergers and Other Factors That Influence Gasoline Prices
GAO-07-894T: Published: May 23, 2007. Publicly Released: May 23, 2007.
Few issues generate more attention and anxiety among American consumers than the price of gasoline. The most current upsurge in prices is no exception. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average retail price of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States has increased almost every week this year since January 29th and reached an all-time high of $3.21 the we...
Social Security Reform: Greater Transparency Needed about Potential General Revenue Financing
GAO-07-213: Published: Mar 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2007.
Absent reform, Social Security's financing gap will grow until currently scheduled benefits can no longer be paid in full. Recent reform proposals often include general revenue (GR)--a major change that can have significant implications for the budget as a whole. This report addresses these issues: (1) What information is available about GR in recent proposal scorings by Social Security's Office o...
Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2005
GAO-07-462: Published: Mar 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2007.
As requested, GAO provided for audits of the financial statements of the U.S. Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund (the Fund) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2006, and 2005, by contracting with the independent public accounting firm of Clifton Gunderson LLP.In its audit of the Fund, Clifton Gunderson, LLP reported that the financial statements were presented fairly, in all material aspects,...