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Fair Labor Standards Act: Department of Labor Needs a More Systematic Approach to Developing Its Guidance
GAO-14-629T: Published: Jul 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2014.
Substantial increases occurred over the last decade in the number of civil lawsuits filed in federal district court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (FLSA). Federal courts in most states experienced increases in the number of FLSA lawsuits filed, but large increases were concentrated in a few states, including Florida and New York. Many factors may contribute...
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Enhancing Data Collection Could Improve Management of Investigations
GAO-14-553: Published: Jun 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2014.
Since fiscal year 2003, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), within the Department of Justice, has been focusing more on decreasing violent crime. Beginning in 2010, ATF made criminal organization investigations one of its highest priorities, similar to firearms investigations, and deemphasized alcohol and tobacco investigations that do not involve violent crime. ATF data...
Border Security: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms along the Southwest Border
GAO-14-494: Published: Jun 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has coordinated border security efforts using collaborative mechanisms in Arizona and South Texas, specifically (1) the Joint Field Command (JFC), which has operational control over all U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources in Arizona; (2) the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT), which is a multiagency law enforcement partnership i...
Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges
GAO-14-496: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
Virtual currencies are financial innovations that pose emerging challenges to federal financial regulatory and law enforcement agencies in carrying out their responsibilities, as the following examples illustrate:Virtual currency systems may provide greater anonymity than traditional payment systems and sometimes lack a central intermediary to maintain transaction information. As a result, financi...
Medicare Fraud: Further Actions Needed to Address Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-14-712T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicare—has made progress in implementing several key strategies GAO identified or recommended in prior work as helpful in protecting Medicare from fraud; however, implementing other important actions that GAO recommended could help CMS and its program integrity...
Coast Guard: Resources Provided for Drug Interdiction Operations in the Transit Zone, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
GAO-14-527: Published: Jun 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2014.
The Coast Guard provided varying levels of resources for drug interdiction operations in the “transit zone”—the area from South America through the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean that is used to transport illicit drugs to the United States—during fiscal years 2009 through 2013, and generally did not meet its performance targets for several reasons. As the figure shows, Coast G...
State Department: Pervasive Passport Fraud Not Identified, but Cases of Potentially Fraudulent and High-Risk Issuances Are under Review
GAO-14-222: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2014.
Of the approximately 28 million passports issued in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 that GAO reviewed, it found issuances to applicants who used the identifying information of deceased or incarcerated individuals, had active felony warrants, or used an incorrect Social Security number (SSN); however, GAO did not identify pervasive fraud in these populations. The Department of State (State) has taken st...
Law Enforcement Body Armor: Status of DOJ's Efforts to Address GAO Recommendations
GAO-14-610R: Published: May 14, 2014. Publicly Released: May 14, 2014.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken action to address all five of the recommendations GAO made in February 2012--see GAO-12-353--and GAO considers all five to be closed as implemented. Specifically, DOJ has (1) deobligated undisbursed funds from grants whose terms have ended, (2) expanded information available to grantees on documentation retention requirements, (3) ensured consistency in th...
Medicare Fraud: Progress Made, but More Action Needed to Address Medicare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-14-560T: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicare—has made progress in implementing several key strategies GAO identified in prior work as helpful in protecting Medicare from fraud; however, important actions that could help CMS and its program integrity contractors combat fraud remain incomplete.Provid...
Internal Revenue Service: Absorbing Budget Cuts Has Resulted in Significant Staffing Declines and Uneven Performance
GAO-14-534R: Published: Apr 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2014.
IRS’s appropriations have declined to below fiscal year 2009 levels and FTEs have been reduced by about 8,000 since fiscal year 2009. Planned performance in enforcement and taxpayer service has decreased or fluctuated; for example, in the fiscal year 2014 congressional justification the audit coverage target for individual examinations was 1.0 percent for fiscal year 2014, however, the target wa...