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Coast Guard: Continued Improvements Needed to Address Potential Barriers to Equal Employment Opportunity
GAO-12-135: Published: Dec 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2012.
The USCG is making progress toward becoming a model equal employment opportunity (EEO) program, as defined by EEOC. In fiscal year 2008, the USCG established a cross-functional task force, including many divisions of Coast Guard and co-led by the Civil Rights Director and the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, to identify EEO problems, review data, as well as develop and implement plans to...
Preventing Sexual Harassment: DOD Needs Greater Leadership Commitment and an Oversight Framework
GAO-11-809: Published: Sep 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2011.
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination that can jeopardize the military's combat readiness and mission accomplishment by weakening interpersonal bonds and eroding unit cohesion. GAO was asked to examine the most current available data on sexual harassment in the military and to assess the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to address this issue. GAO evaluated the extent to which...
Energy Star: Providing Opportunities for Additional Review of EPA's Decisions Could Strengthen the Program
GAO-11-888: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
American consumers, businesses, utilities, and federal and state agencies rely on the Energy Star product labeling program to identify more efficient products that lower their energy costs. Even with the program's successes, several reports by GAO and others have identified weaknesses in the Energy Star program. The program, which began in 1992 and was reauthorized in 2005, has been jointly admini...
Excess Uranium Inventories: Clarifying DOE's Disposition Options Could Help Avoid Further Legal Violations
GAO-11-846: Published: Sep 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2011.
Uranium is a key component in the production of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy (DOE) manages the nation's surplus uranium, which is derived in part from former nuclear weapons production. In 2008, DOE published a uranium management plan that set a target for DOE uranium sales and transfers to avert harm to the domestic uranium industry. In 2009, DOE began using natura...
Coast Guard: Civil Rights Directorate Can Enhance Workforce Restructuring Efforts
GAO-11-718: Published: Jul 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2011.
The United States Coast Guard's (USCG) Civil Rights Directorate's (CRD) principal functions are to provide Equal Opportunity (EO) services to its approximately 50,000 active duty military, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) services to its 8,000 civilian employees. We reported in April 2010 that CRD had taken action to help resolve its management challenges, such as dissatisfaction among USCG...
Disability Insurance: Preliminary Observations on SSA Efforts to Detect, Prevent, and Recover Overpayments
GAO-11-756T: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2011.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program paid almost $123 billion in benefits in fiscal year 2010 to more than 10 million workers and dependents. The program has grown rapidly in recent years and is poised to grow further as the baby boom generation ages. GAO examined (1) what is known about the extent SSA makes work-related overpayments to, and recovers overpay...
Legislative Restrictions on Contractor Use of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Have Had No Reported Impacts on National Security
GAO-11-717R: Published: Jun 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
Section 8102 of the Department of Defense (DOD) and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2011 directed us to evaluate the effect on national security resulting from the section's requirements. These requirements, as well as those previously included in Section 8116 of the DOD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, prohibit DOD's use of funds appropriated by the respective acts...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Worldwide Deployment of Integrated System Warrants Careful Monitoring
GAO-11-633T: Published: May 4, 2011. Publicly Released: May 4, 2011.
This testimony discusses the efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to integrate their disability evaluation systems. Wounded warriors unable to continue their military service must navigate DOD's and VA's disability evaluation systems to be assessed for eligibility for disability compensation from the two agencies. GAO and others have found problems with these syste...
Indian Arts and Crafts: Size of Market and Extent of Misrepresentation Are Unknown
GAO-11-432: Published: Apr 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2011.
In 1935 the Indian Arts and Crafts Act was enacted, establishing the Indian Arts and Crafts Board as an entity within the Department of the Interior. A priority of the Board is to implement and enforce the act's provisions to prevent misrepresentation of unauthentic goods as genuine Indian arts and crafts. As the market for Indian arts and crafts grew and the problem of misrepresentation persisted...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Evaluation and Planned Expansion of DOD/VA Pilot
GAO-11-191T: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Since 2007, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have been pilot testing a new disability evaluation system designed to integrate their separate processes and thereby expedite veterans' benefits for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers. Having piloted the integrated disability evaluation system (IDES) at 27 military facilities, they are now planning for its expansion mili...