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Video Marketplace: Competition Is Evolving, and Government Reporting Should Be Reevaluated
GAO-13-576: Published: Jun 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2013.
Since GAO reported on competition in 2005, competition among video content producers is little changed, while competition among distributors has increased. According to data cited by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), seven companies' broadcast and cable networks accounted for about 95 percent of all television viewing hours in the United States. Further, ownership of broadcast and cable...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Status of Federal and State Efforts to Establish Health Insurance Exchanges for Small Businesses
GAO-13-614: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2013.
For 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted conditional approval to 18 states to establish state-based Small Business Health Options Programs, or SHOPs, and to 17 states to operate health insurance exchanges for individuals. CMS is required to operate a federally facilitated SHOP (FF-SHOP) and a federally facilitated exchange...
911 Services: Most States Used 911 Funds for Intended Purposes, but FCC Could Improve Its Reporting on States' Use of Funds
GAO-13-376: Published: Apr 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
Although states faced challenges and delays in the past, states have made significant progress implementing wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) since 2003. Wireless E911 deployment usually proceeds through two phases: Phase I provides general caller location information by identifying the cell tower or cell site that is receiving the wireless call; Phase II provides more precise caller-location informati...
Automated Teller Machines: Some Consumer Fees Have Increased
GAO-13-266: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2013.
Automated teller machine (ATM) operators include financial institutions--banks and credit unions--as well as independent firms. Industry representatives GAO spoke with estimate there are approximately 420,000 ATMs in the United States. They estimate that financial institutions operate and set the fees for about half of the market, and independent operators work together with merchants to operate t...
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: Planning and Data System for VA's Verification Program Need Improvement
GAO-13-425T: Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.
In summary, the two key findings from GAO's January 2013 report are:VA has instituted a number of significant changes to its verification processes to improve and address program weaknesses but continues to face challenges in its efforts to establish a stable and efficient program to verify firms on a timely and consistent basis. These challenges are directly related to shortcomings in strategic p...
Dietary Supplements: FDA May Have Opportunities to Expand Its Use of Reported Health Problems to Oversee Products
GAO-13-244: Published: Mar 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2013.
From 2008 through 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 6,307 reports of health problems--adverse event reports (AER)--for dietary supplements; 71 percent came from industry as serious adverse events as required by law, and most of these AERs were linked with supplements containing a combination of ingredients, such as vitamins and minerals...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Awareness, Use, and Usefulness of SaferProducts.gov
GAO-13-306: Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2013.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has used various approaches to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov, including using social media, public service announcements, and printed materials, and promoting the site during speeches and events. CPSC's efforts to inform the public about SaferProducts.gov have been part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the agency as a whole. Whil...
Export Promotion: Small Business Administration Needs to Improve Collaboration to Implement Its Expanded Role
GAO-13-217: Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and five other key agencies provide a variety of export promotion services to small businesses. In addition to outreach, which all six agencies conduct, SBA's primary activities include counseling and training, provided mainly through nonfederal partner entities called Small Business Development Centers, and export financing, provided through SBA's Office of...
Financial Regulatory Reform: Financial Crisis Losses and Potential Impacts of the Dodd-Frank Act
GAO-13-180: Published: Jan 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2013.
The 2007-2009 financial crisis has been associated with large economic losses and increased fiscal challenges. Studies estimating the losses of financial crises based on lost output (value of goods and services not produced) suggest losses associated with the recent crisis could range from a few trillion dollars to over $10 trillion. Also associated with the crisis were large declines in employmen...
DOD's Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts
GAO-13-308R: Published: Feb 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2013.
We found that DOD awarded 51 sole source 8(a) contracts over $20 million between October 2009 and September 2012. As we reported in our December 2012 government-wide review, DOD awarded eight sole-source 8(a) contracts worth over $20 million from March 16, 2011, when the requirement was implemented in the FAR, through March 31, 2012, the most recent data available at the time of our review. Of the...