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Unemployment Insurance Information Technology: States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T: Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
As GAO reported in September 2012, nine selected states had made varying degrees of progress in modernizing the information technology (IT) systems supporting their unemployment insurance (UI) programs. Specifically, the states' modernization efforts were at various stages--three were in early phases of defining business needs and requirements, two were in the process of building systems based on...
Grant Workforce: Agency Training Practices Should Inform Future Government-wide Efforts
GAO-13-591: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Identifying the federal grant workforce presents challenges due to differences in how agencies manage grants and the wide range of job series that make up the grant workforce. Some agencies manage grants by using a combination of program specialists (subject-matter experts) and grants management specialists, while other agencies use program specialists to manage the entire grant process. In the fo...
Employment and Training: Labor's Green Jobs Efforts Highlight Challenges of Targeted Training Programs for Emerging Industries
GAO-13-555: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2013.
Of the $595 million identified by Labor as having been appropriated or allocated specifically for green jobs activities since 2009, approximately $501 million went toward efforts with training and support services as their primary objective, with much of that funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Because the Recovery Act directed federal agencies to...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Analysis of Benefits Under Proposed Program Changes
GAO-13-730T: Published: Jul 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2013.
GAO's simulation found that under the current Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) program, the median wage replacement rate--the percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECA--for total-disability beneficiaries was 88 percent for U.S. Postal Service (USPS) beneficiaries and 80 percent for non-USPS beneficiaries in 2010. GAO also found that proposals to set initial FECA benefits at a single c...
Actions Needed to Improve the Transparency and Reliability of Labor's Data on the H-2A Program
GAO-13-144R: Published: Jul 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2013.
The H-2A visa program allows U.S. employers that anticipate a shortage of domestic agricultural workers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis. GAO issued a report on the process employers follow in applying for these workers and made several recommendations to the Department of Labor (Labor) for improving that process In pursuing work on that report, GAO found that the number of application...
Defense Contractors: Information on the Impact of Reducing the Cap on Employee Compensation Costs
GAO-13-566: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2013.
Reducing the cap to the President's salary ($400,000) or the Vice President's salary ($230,700) would have substantially increased the number of employees with compensation costs exceeding the cap in 2010-2012.For 2010-2012, contractors identified over $180 million per year in compensation costs that would have exceeded a cap set at the President's salary, and at least $440 million per year if set...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Improved Oversight of Independent Living Services and Supports Is Needed
GAO-13-474: Published: Jun 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2013.
Of the 9,215 veterans who entered the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Independent Living (IL) track within the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program in fiscal years 2008 to 2011, most were male Vietnam era veterans in their 50s or 60s. Almost 60 percent served in the U.S. Army, and fewer than 1 percent served in the National Guard or Reserve. The most prevalent disabilities...
Employing People With Blindness or Severe Disabilities: Enhanced Oversight of the AbilityOne Program Needed
GAO-13-457: Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.
Federal agencies need to exercise strong oversight to promote effectiveness and efficiency and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse--especially in a federal procurement program such as this, which is exempt from full and open competition requirements. However, although the AbilityOne Commission is ultimately responsible for overseeing the program, the Commission cannot control how CNAs (1) spend their...
Worker Safety and Health at Department of Energy Sites
GAO-13-497R: Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
There are several key similarities and differences between Part 851, OSHA regulations, and the OSH Act. Several key similarities are that Part 851 incorporates by reference almost all OSHA standards and authorizes workers to file complaints about unsafe working conditions or hazards in the workplace. Several key differences are that Part 851 incorporates additional industry standards and authorize...
Preliminary Results of Work on FAA Facility Conditions and Workplace Safety
GAO-13-509R: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
In brief:Our preliminary analyses indicates that as of February 2013 FAA staffed facilities are generally in fair to good condition based on their Facility Condition Indices (FCI); however, we found that (1) there is not one reliable source with information on the condition of FAAs entire staffed facility portfolio and (2) the methods to determine facility condition vary so that information...