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Diversity Management: Trends and Practices in the Financial Services Industry and Agencies after the Recent Financial Crisis
GAO-13-238: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
Management-level representation of minorities and women in the financial services industry and among federal financial agencies and Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks) has not changed substantially from 2007 through 2011. Industry representation of minorities in 2011 was higher in lower-level management positions--about 20 percent--compared to about 11 percent of senior-level manager positions....
Voters with Disabilities: Challenges to Voting Accessibility
GAO-13-538SP: Published: Apr 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2013.
Compared to 2000, the proportion of polling places in 2008 without potential impediments increased and almost all polling places had an accessible voting system as states and localities made various efforts to help facilitate accessible voting. In 2008, based upon GAO's survey of polling places, GAO estimated that 27 percent of polling places had no potential impediments in the path from the parki...
Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations
GAO-13-69R: Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.
The parties charged with carrying out the terms of the Pigford II settlement agreement have created numerous internal control measures designed to balance various interests including accuracy, efficiency, and cost. Many of these measures serve to identify and deny fraudulent or otherwise invalid claims. For example, the parties conduct iterative reviews of each claim and identify potential fraud c...
ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance
GAO-13-17: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Little is known about the extent of transit agencies' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service requirements. FTA does receive some assurance that agencies are complying with federal statutes and regulations, including ADA paratransit requirements, because transit agencies that receive FTA funding are required to self-certify and assure that they are complying w...
ADA Paratransit Services: Survey of Public Transit Agency Officials on Services and Costs (GAO-13-18SP, November, 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-13-17
GAO-13-18SP: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-13-17. This document presents the results of GAO's survey of transit agency officials that had been identified as possibly providing ADA paratransit service. In order to learn about transit agencies' experiences with and perspectives on costs related to and provision of ADA paratransit service, we conducted a web-based survey of a stratified random sample of 145 tran...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Progress toward Implementing GAO's Civil Rights Recommendations
GAO-12-976R: Published: Aug 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2012.
In summary, as of August 2012, USDA had fully addressed three of our recommendations, made significant progress toward addressing two, and made some progress toward addressing one.Why GAO Did This StudyFor decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been the focus of federal inquiries into allegations of discrimination against minorities and women both in the programs it administers and...
Ownership by Minority, Female, and Disadvantaged Firms in the Pipeline Industry
GAO-12-896R: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Minority- or female-owned, minority-owned, and female-owned firms represented 15 percent, 6 percent and 10 percent, respectively, of firms in the U.S. pipeline industry in 2007. In terms of market share, minority- or female-owned firms are estimated to have accounted for a total of 13 percent of industry receipts, with minority-owned firms having accounted for 3 percent and female-owned firms havi...
Secure Communities: Criminal Alien Removals Increased, but Technology Planning Improvements Needed
GAO-12-708: Published: Jul 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Data from the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicate that the percentage of its removals attributable to Secure Communities increased from about 4 percent in fiscal year 2009 to about 20 percent in fiscal year 2011. Of about 183,000 aliens removed under the program from October 2008 through March 2012, about 74 percent had a criminal convict...
School Bullying: Legal Protections for Vulnerable Youth Need to Be More Fully Assessed
GAO-12-785T: Published: Jun 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2012.
With regard to the prevalence and effects of bullying, our findings suggest that reported levels of bullying and related effects are significant. Research shows that bullying can have detrimental outcomes for victims, including adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. According to four nationally representative surveys conducted from 2005 to 2009, an estimated 20 to 28 percent of youth, prim...
School Bullying: Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed
GAO-12-349: Published: May 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2012.
School bullying is a serious problem, and research shows that it can have detrimental outcomes for victims, including adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. According to four nationally representative surveys conducted from 2005 to 2009, an estimated 20 to 28 percent of youth, primarily middle and high school-aged youths, reported they had been bullied during the survey periods. However, d...