Government reform (1 - 10 of 12 items)
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...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Commerce Program Has Helped Manufacturing and Services Firms, but Measures, Data, and Funding Formula Could Be Enhanced
GAO-13-166T: Published: Nov 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2012.
First, we found that the four changes mandated by the 2009 legislation contributed to improvements in program operations and increased participation: (1) Creation of director and other full-time positions: The creation of a director and other full-time positions for the program resulted in reduced firm certification processing times for petitions. (2) New annual reporting on performance measures:...
Reemployment of Retirees: Six Agencies' Use of Dual Compensation Waiver Authority is Limited
GAO-12-855R: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
In summary, the six agencies we reviewed made very little use of the NDAA waiver authority in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The Department of Treasury made the most, although still very little, use of the waiver authority in both fiscal years--167 waivers in fiscal year 2010 and 214 waivers in fiscal year 2011. Agency officials told us that their agencies used a combination of NDAA and other waiver...
Federal Workers: Results of Studies on Federal Pay Varied Due to Differing Methodologies
GAO-12-564: Published: Jun 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Annual pay adjustments for the General Schedule (GS), the pay system covering the majority of federal workers, are either determined through the process specified in the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) or set based on percent increases authorized directly by Congress. GS employees receive an across-the-board increase (ranging from 0 to 3.8 percent since FEPCA was implemente...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Status of Previously Identified Management Challenges
GAO-12-508R: Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2012.
Labor and IGs from employing departments and agencies have consistently reported similar FECA program management challenges, such as oversight and information technology, and have linked these to increased program costs through improper payments. For example, one IG reported in 2007 that its department could not appropriately manage its long-term rolls and contain improper payments because staff a...
Entitlement Reform Process: Other Countries' Experiences Provide Useful Insights for the United States
GAO-08-372: Published: Jan 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2008.
Looking to the future, our nation faces large and growing structural deficits and escalating federal debt due primarily to rising health care costs and known demographic trends. Slowing the growth of entitlements is an essential part of the solution to these challenges. GAO was asked to identify useful insights from the entitlement reform processes in other countries. Specifically, GAO was asked t...
A Call For Stewardship: Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP: Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
Since the founding of the republic and the ratification of the Constitution, the U.S. government has evolved to reflect changing circumstances at home and abroad. At the end of George Washington's presidency in 1797, there were four cabinet-level departments--most run by small staffs of civil servants--and five cabinet-level officials, including the Attorney General. Today, there are nearly 30 maj...
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Federal Unemployment Taxes
GAO-07-130R: Published: Nov 3, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2006.
We performed the procedures which we agreed to perform and with which the Department of Labor (DOL) concurred soley to assist the DOL in ascertaining whether the net federal unemployment tax (FUTA) revenue distributed to the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, is supported by the underlying records. The procedures we agreed to perform relate to (1) transacti...
NNSA Management: Progress in the Implementation of Title 32
GAO-02-93R: Published: Dec 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2001.
GAO reviewed the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) progress in implementing key components of Title 32 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 including NNSA's reorganization efforts; integrated planning, programming, and budgeting improvements; use of its excepted service personnel authority; and efforts to improve its procurement practices. GAO found that a...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Flexibility and Accountability Needed to Improve Service to Veterans
GAO-01-928: Published: Sep 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2001.
Recognizing that the country's fragmented employment and training programs were not serving job seekers or employers well, Congress enacted the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1988. One of WIA's goals was to create a one-stop center system to help unify the services provided by many programs and give states the flexibility to design services better suited to local workforce needs. Veterans' empl...