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Puerto Rico: Information on How Statehood Would Potentially Affect Selected Federal Programs and Revenue Sources
GAO-14-31: Published: Mar 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2014.
Of the 29 federal programs GAO reviewed (which accounted for about 86 percent of federal program spending for states or their residents in fiscal year 2010), statehood would likely affect 11 programs. For 3 other programs, while the programs themselves would likely not change under statehood, eligibility determinations for these programs could be affected indirectly by changes that could occur to...
Medicare Advantage: Special Needs Plans Were More Profitable, on Average, than Plans Available to All Beneficiaries in 2011
GAO-14-210R: Published: Dec 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.
Special needs plans (SNP) reported having higher profit margins and spending a lower percentage of total revenues on medical expenses, on average, than Medicare Advantage (MA) plans available to all beneficiaries in 2011. For instance, SNPs' average profit margin was 4.0 percentage points higher than plans available to all beneficiaries--8.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent. SNPs also had a higher plan-lev...
Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability of U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands
GAO-14-243T: Published: Jan 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 2014.
In fiscal years 2007 through 2011, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spent at least half their compact sector funds in the education and health sectors. Because both countries spent significant amounts of compact funds on personnel in those sectors, the U.S.-FSM and U.S.-RMI joint management and accountability committees capped budgets for pers...
Defense Management: Further Analysis Needed to Identify Guam's Public Infrastructure Requirements and Costs for DOD's Realignment Plan
GAO-14-82: Published: Dec 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2013.
Some investments have been made to improve Guam's public infrastructure in recent years, but many deficiencies and regulatory compliance issues continue to exist. The reliability, capacity, and age of much of the public infrastructure--especially the island's utilities--indicate a need for additional upgrades to be able to meet current and future demands related to the realignment. Further, some i...
Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia and the Marshall Islands Continue to Face Challenges Measuring Progress and Ensuring Accountability
GAO-13-675: Published: Sep 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2013.
In fiscal years 2007 through 2011, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spent at least half their compact sector funds in the education and health sectors. Because both countries spent significant amounts of compact funds on personnel in the education and health sectors, the U.S.-FSM and U.S.-RMI joint management and accountability committees capp...
Compacts of Free Association: Guidelines Needed to Support Reliable Estimates of Cost Impacts of Growing Migration
GAO-13-773T: Published: Jul 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2013.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) show that migrants from the freely associated states (FAS)—the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, and Palau—reside throughout U.S. areas. GAO's 2011 report found that Census estimates that roughly 56,000 compact migrants—nearly a quarter of all FAS citizens—were living in U.S. areas in 2005 to 2009. About 58 percent of comp...
Puerto Rico: Characteristics of the Island's Maritime Trade and Potential Effects of Modifying the Jones Act
GAO-13-260: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.
Jones Act requirements have resulted in a discrete shipping market between Puerto Rico and the United States. Most of the cargo shipped between the United States and Puerto Rico is carried by four Jones Act carriers that provide dedicated, scheduled weekly service using containerships and container barges. Although some vessels are operating beyond their expected useful service life, many have bee...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau through Fiscal Year 2024
GAO-12-798T: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
The Agreement would provide decreasing assistance, totaling approximately $215 million through fiscal year 2024 and includes the following:direct economic assistance ($107.5 million) for Palau government operations;infrastructure project grants ($40 million) to build mutually agreed projects;infrastructure maintenance fund ($28 million) for maintaining the Compact Road, Palaus primary airpor...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2011- 2024
GAO-12-249T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
The Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau, which entered into force in 1994, provided for several types of assistance aimed at promoting Palau's self-sufficiency and economic advancement. Included were 15 years of direct assistance to the Palau government; contributions to a trust fund meant to provide Palau $15 million each year in fiscal years 2010 throu...
Compacts of Free Association: Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing Migration
GAO-12-64: Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2011.
U.S. compacts with the freely associated states (FAS)--the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, and Palau--permit FAS citizens to migrate to the United States and its territories (U.S. areas) without regard to visa and labor certification requirements. Thousands of FAS citizens have migrated to U.S. areas (compact migrants)--particularly to the Commonwealth of the Northern M...