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U.S. Public Diplomacy: State Department and Broadcasting Board of Governors Expand Post-9/11 Efforts but Challenges Remain
GAO-04-1061T: Published: Aug 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2004.
Polls taken in Islamic countries after 9/11 suggested that many or most people had a favorable view of the United States and its fight against terrorism. By 2003, opinion research indicated that foreign publics, especially in countries with large Muslim populations, viewed the United States unfavorably. GAO issued two studies in 2003 that examined (1) changes in U.S. public diplomacy resources and...
9/11 Commission Report: Reorganization, Transformation, and Information Sharing
GAO-04-1033T: Published: Aug 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2004.
The sorrow, loss, anger, and resolve so evident immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks have been combined in an effort to help assure that our country will never again be caught unprepared. As the 9/11 Commission notes, we are safer today but we are not safe, and much work remains. Although in today's world we can never be 100 percent secure, and we can never do everything everywher...
Guardianships: Collaboration Needed to Protect Incapacitated Elderly People
GAO-04-655: Published: Jul 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
As people age, some become incapable of managing their personal and financial affairs. To protect these people, state laws provide for court appointment of guardians to act on their behalf. In many cases federal programs provide these incapacitated people financial benefits. GAO was asked to examine: (1) what state courts do to ensure that guardians fulfill their responsibilities, (2) what guardia...
Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Assisted Living: Examples of State Efforts to Improve Consumer Protections
GAO-04-684: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: May 27, 2004.
Assisted living facilities provide help with activities of daily living in a residential setting for individuals who cannot live independently but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care. In 2002, over 36,000 assisted living facilities served approximately 900,000 residents. The states establish and enforce licensing standards for these institutions. Because states have taken widely differing...
Financial Audit: Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence Revolving Fund's Fiscal Year 2002 Financial Statements
GAO-04-388: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
This report presents the results of our audit of the financial statements of the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence Revolving Fund (the Fund) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002. 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 provisions of laws and regulations...
Financial Audit: Senate Health Promotion Revolving Fund's Fiscal Year 2002 Financial Statements
GAO-04-389: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
This report presents the results of our audit of the financial statements of the Senate Health Promotion Revolving Fund (the Fund) as of and for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002. 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 provisions of laws and regulations we...
Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2003 and 2002
GAO-04-416: Published: Mar 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2004.
GAO contracted with Clifton Gunderson LLP to audit the financial statements of the Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for fiscal years 2003 and 2002. 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...
Terrorist Financing: U.S. Agencies Should Systematically Assess Terrorists' Use of Alternative Financing Mechanisms
GAO-04-163: Published: Nov 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Cutting off terrorists' funding is essential to deterring terrorist operations. The USA PATRIOT Act expanded the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access and share financial information regarding terrorist investigations, but terrorists may have adjusted their activities by increasing use of alternative financing mechanisms. GAO was asked to assess (1) the nature of terrorist...
Aging Issues: Related GAO Products in Calendar Years 2001 and 2002
GAO-04-275R: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2003.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging requested a compilation of GAO's calendar years 2001 and 2002 products pertaining to older Americans and their families.GAO noted that the country is in the midst of one of the most profound changes in American history--America's population, estimated at over 288 million in 2002, is growing older at a rapid pace. The number of Americans age 65 and older, estim...