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Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Case Examples Illustrate Vulnerabilities That Could Result in Improper Payments or Overlapping Benefits
GAO-13-386: Published: Apr 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.
GAO found examples of improper payments and indicators of potential fraud in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) program, which could be attributed, in part, to oversight and data-access issues. GAO found examples of claimants' receiving overlapping FECA and unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, which may be allowable under certain circumstances, but could also be erroneous. GAO also fo...
Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA Can Better Respond to State-Run Programs Facing Challenges
GAO-13-320: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
State-run programs face several challenges that primarily relate to staffing, and include having constrained budgets, according to OSHA and state officials. States have difficulty filling vacant inspector positions, obtaining training for inspectors, and retaining qualified inspectors. Recruiting inspectors is difficult due to the shortage of qualified candidates, relatively low state salaries, an...
Workplace Safety and Health: Further Steps by OSHA Would Enhance Monitoring of Enforcement and Effectiveness
GAO-13-61: Published: Jan 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2013.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides more frequent monitoring and more consistent guidance for its federal enforcement activities than for state enforcement activities. More specifically, OSHA regional officials review performance reports on federal activities at least every other week but review reports on state-run program activities quarterly....
Veterans' Employment and Training: Better Targeting, Coordinating, and Reporting Needed to Enhance Program Effectiveness
GAO-13-29: Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2013.
The six federal veterans' employment and training programs offer similar employment services, but largely target different groups. Among these programs, the Department of Labor's (Labor) Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program has the greatest potential for overlap with other veterans' programs and Labor's employment programs for the general population. Federal law governing the Disabled Veterans' Out...
Information on Former High-Ranking Coast Guard Officials' Employment with Major Contractors
GAO-13-153R: Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.
A total of 22 of the 39 former high-ranking officials (admiral-level and SES officials) who separated from the Coast Guard from 2006 through 2010 were compensated at some point from 2006 through 2011 by contractors that received obligations from the Coast Guard in calendar year 2011. We found that 12 of these former officials were compensated in calendar year 2011 by major Coast Guard contractors-...
Inmate Reentry Programs: Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93: Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Labor (Labor), and Health and Human Services (HHS) separately administered nine fragmented but minimally overlapping reentry grant programs with low risk of duplication. Specifically, GAO found that these grant programs are fragmented since more than one federal agency is involved in administering the programs. Further, GAO found that overlap...
Military Spouse Employment Programs: DOD Can Improve Guidance and Performance Monitoring
GAO-13-60: Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has recently created three new programs to help military spouses obtain employment: (1) the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) tuition assistance program, (2) the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), which connects military spouses with employers, (3) and the Military Spouse Career Center, consisting of a call center and a website for mili...
Product Safety Laboratories: OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination
GAO-13-88: Published: Dec 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.
The Department of Labor's (Labor) Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) process for accrediting Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) is lengthy due to the scope of staff members' responsibilities and unclear application procedures for accreditation. Among the 13 recently approved applications, OSHA took between 1 and 5 years to make accreditation decisions. All of the...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Effects of Proposed Changes on Partial Disability Beneficiaries Depend on Employment After Injury
GAO-13-143R: Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.
Compensating total disability FECA beneficiaries at the single rate of 66-2/3 percent of wages at the time of injury, regardless of the presence of dependents, produced similar results to our previous analyses of compensating them at the single rate of 70 percent. Both proposals reduced median wage replacement ratesthe percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECAand the 66-2/3 percent...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Analysis of Proposed Changes on USPS Beneficiaries
GAO-13-142R: Published: Nov 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2012.
Under our simulation, compensating all USPS FECA beneficiaries at 70 percent of wages at the time of injury reduced the overall median wage replacement ratethe percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECAfrom 88 to 84 percent. In comparing wage replacement rates of those beneficiaries with and without a dependent, we found that beneficiaries with an eligible dependent had a median wage...