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Indian Issues: More Consistent and Timely Tribal Recognition Process Needed
GAO-02-415T: Published: Feb 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2002.
In 1978, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) established a regulatory process for recognizing tribes. The process requires tribes that are petitioning for recognition to submit evidence that they have continuously existed as an Indian tribe since historic times. Recognition establishes a formal government-to-government relationship between the United States and a tribe. The quasi-sovereign status c...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Voters With Disabilities: Access to Polling Places and Alternative Voting Methods
GAO-02-107: Published: Oct 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2001.
Federal law requires that disabled persons have access to polling places on election day. State political subdivisions must ensure that polling places used in federal elections are accessible. Exceptions are allowed if all potential polling places have been surveyed, no accessible place is available, and the political subdivision cannot make one temporarily accessible. In these cases, disabled vot...
Indian Issues: Improvements Needed in Tribal Recognition Process
GAO-02-49: Published: Nov 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2001.
The Indian gambling industry has flourished since the enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988. Nearly 200 tribes generated about $10 billion in annual revenues in 1999 from their gambling operations. Because of weaknesses in the federal recognition process, the basis for tribal recognition decisions by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is not always clear and the length of time invo...
Recreational Fee Demonstration Program Survey
GAO-02-88SP: Published: Nov 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2001.
The Recreational Fee Demonstration Program authorizes four land management agencies-- the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Forest Service--to establish, charge, collect, and use fees at a number of sites. The program's goals are to (1) enhance visitor services, (2) address a backlog of needs for repair and maintenance, and (3)...
On-Line Trading: Investor Protections Have Improved but Continued Attention Is Needed
GAO-01-858: Published: Jul 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2001.
On-line trading continues to be an important part of the securities trading market. The industry reports investing greater resources to improve the performance of their systems, and regulators have made substantial progress in ensuring that investors receive better information in key investor protection areas. However, investors trading on-line continue to file many complaints about failures and d...
Federal Tort Claims Act: Coverage and Claims for Tribal Self-Determination Contracts at the Indian Health Service
GAO-01-1001T: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 encourages tribes to participate in and manage programs that for years had been administered on their behalf by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of the Interior. The act authorizes tribes to take over the administration of such programs through contractual arrangements with the agencies that prev...
Social Security Administration: Systems Support Could Improve Processing Attorney Fee Payments in the Disability Program
GAO-01-710T: Published: May 17, 2001. Publicly Released: May 17, 2001.
To ensure that people claiming disability insurance program benefits can obtain legal representation at a fair price, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to regulate the fees that attorneys charge people to represent their disability claims before the agency. Balancing the needs of the claimants with those of their attorneys, the law limits the amount of fees that attorneys can ch...
JFMIP: Benefit System Requirements (Draft)
JFMIP-SR-01-01: Published: May 1, 2001. Publicly Released: May 1, 2001.
GAO published a functional requirements document that provided high level functional requirements for benefits systems that will provide the capability for financial managers, program managers and others to control and account for federal benefit programs as defined in governmentwide and agency specific statutes, regulations, guidelines, and need assessments...
DOD Disability: Overview of Compensation Program for Service Members Unfit for Duty
GAO-01-622: Published: Apr 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2001.
This report provides information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) disability severance program, which provides a lump-sum payment for service members with a disability. GAO found that the administration of disability severance, like medical retirement pay, follows service-specific procedures using DOD guidance. The services assess members' fitness for duty along a scale ranging from 0 to 100 p...