Puerto Rico (1 - 10 of 116 items)
Medicaid and CHIP: Increased Funding in U.S. Territories Merits Improved Program Integrity Efforts
GAO-16-324: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: May 9, 2016.
Eligibility and benefits for Medicaid and the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in five U.S. territories—American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands—differ from one another and from the states, generally reflecting the territories' unique circumstances. For example, Guam is the only territory that covers all...
Transportation Infrastructure: Information on Bridge Conditions
GAO-16-72R: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015.
Based on 2014 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data, GAO determined that the nation has 610,749 bridges. Of those bridges, 23 percent are on the National Highway System (NHS), and this 23 percent comprise 58 percent of the nation’s total deck area. The deck area of a bridge is the width of the roadway surface of a bridge multiplied by the length of the bridge, which provides an indication as to t...
Recovery Act: GSA's Courthouse Projects Illustrate Opportunities to Improve Management Practices and Analyze Environmental Outcomes
GAO-15-307: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015.
The General Services Administration (GSA) developed eight selection criteria for utilizing its $4.5 billion in high-performing green (green) building funds—or more than 80 percent of its total $5.5-billion budget—under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). GSA used almost $800 million of its $4.5-billion green building funds on 15 full or partial modernization proj...
Special Education: Improved Performance Measures Could Enhance Oversight of Dispute Resolution
GAO-14-390: Published: Aug 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014.
From 2004 through 2012, the number of due process hearings—a formal dispute resolution method and a key indicator of serious disputes between parents and school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)— substantially decreased nationwide as a result of steep declines in New York, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Officials in these locations largely attri...
Tax Policy: Differences in Definitions and Rules in the Tax Code
GAO-14-652R: Published: Jul 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2014.
Definitions for the same or similar terms can differ across tax provisions and policy objectives. These terms include (1) income, (2) small business, and (3) disabled. At least a dozen different tax code sections modify adjusted gross income (AGI) as part of determining the tax consequences of a particular provision. Depending on the code section, modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is determin...
Puerto Rico: Información Sobre Como la Estatidad Afectaría Determinados Programas y Fuentes de Ingresos Federales
GAO-14-301: Published: Mar 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2014.
This is the Spanish language highlights associated with GAO-14-31. Conclusiones de la GAODe los 29 programas federales analizados por la GAO (que representaron alrededor del 86 por ciento de los gastos federales para los estados o sus residentes en el 2010), probablemente se afectarían 11 programas si Puerto Rico se convirtiera en estado. En cuanto a otros tres programas, aunque la estadidad...
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...
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...
Financial Audit: Congressional Award Foundation's Fiscal Years 2010 and 2009 Financial Statements
GAO-11-597: Published: May 12, 2011. Publicly Released: May 12, 2011.
This report presents our opinion on the financial statements of the Congressional Award Foundation (the Foundation) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2010, and 2009. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Foundation. This report also presents the results of our consideration of the Foundation's internal control over financial reporting and the results of our tests of the F...