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Single Audit Analysis: Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (GAO-16-760SP), an E-Supplement to GAO-16-550T
GAO-16-760SP: Published: Sep 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2016.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-16-550T. The Single Audit Act of 1984, as amended, is intended to improve accountability, including effective internal control over federal awards administered by state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. The Single Audit Act, as implemented by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires each non-federal entity that expends a total amount of fed...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2016 to 2024
GAO-16-788T: Published: Jul 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2016.
If enacted, House Bill 4531 (H.R. 4531) would provide funding for, and make modifications to, the September 2010 agreement between the governments of the United States and Palau regarding their Compact of Free Association (the 2010 agreement). Congress has not, to date, approved legislation to implement the 2010 agreement, which scheduled approximately $216 million in U.S. assistance for fiscal ye...
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...
Compacts of Free Association: Issues Associated with Implementation in Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands
GAO-16-550T: Published: Apr 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2016.
If enacted, Senate Bill 2610 (S. 2610) would change the schedule for U.S. assistance to the Republic of Palau and improve prospects for Palau's compact trust fund. S. 2610 would approve a 2010 agreement between the U.S. and Palau governments and provide annual assistance to Palau through 2024. Congress has not approved legislation to implement the 2010 agreement, which scheduled $216 million in U...
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...
American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Economic Indicators Since Minimum Wage Increases Began
GAO-14-381: Published: Mar 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2014.
American Samoa employment and earnings have decreased since 2007, but employment increased slightly from 2011 to 2012. Since 2005, the American Samoa economy has had a flat or declining real gross domestic product (GDP).American Samoa EmploymentEmploymentChangeAll sectors, 2011-2012+1.5%All sectors, 2007-2012-11%Tuna canning hourly workers, 2012-2013-13%Tuna canning hourly workers, 2007-2013-58%So...
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...