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Elder Justice: National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-110: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Officials in each of the four states GAO contacted identified the need for more safeguards and public awareness activities to help prevent elder financial exploitation. They also noted that it is difficult to prevent exploitation by individuals such as financial services providers, power of attorney agents, guardians, and paid in-home caregivers. Although states have primary responsibility for com...
Driver's License Security: Federal Leadership Needed to Address Remaining Vulnerabilities
GAO-12-893: Published: Sep 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2012.
To verify license applicants' identity, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have procedures that may detect counterfeit documents. For example, all states are now verifying key personal information, such as Social Security numbers (SSN) through online queries to a Social Security Administration (SSA) database, a significant increase from about a decade ago. This effort helps ensure that the...
Freedom of Information Act: Additional Actions Can Strengthen Agency Efforts to Improve Management
GAO-12-828: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2012.
The major components of the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services have taken a variety of actions to improve management of their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) programs. To reduce their backlogs of outstanding requests, agencies have taken actions that include regularly reporting to management, mobilizing extra resources, and streamlining procedures f...
Drug Control: Initial Review of the National Strategy and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs
GAO-12-744R: Published: Jul 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2012.
To implement the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, ONDCP obtained input from drug control stakeholders to help ensure that they shared responsibility for implementation, established a new process to determine progress made, and reported that most action items in the Strategy were on track or complete as of November 2011. ONDCP officials stated that they developed the 2010 Strategys seven...
Privacy: Federal Law Should Be Updated to Address Changing Technology Landscape
GAO-12-961T: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
Technological developments since the Privacy Act became law in 1974 have changed the way information is organized and shared among organizations and individuals. Such advances have rendered some of the provisions of the Privacy Act and the E-Government Act of 2002 inadequate to fully protect all personally identifiable information collected, used, and maintained by the federal government. For exam...
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...
Limited Data Available on USDA and Interior Attorney Fee Claims and Payments
GAO-12-417R: Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.
Most USDA and Interior agencies did not have readily available information on attorney fee claims and payments made under EAJA and other fee-shifting statutes for fiscal years 2000 through 2010. As a result, there was no way to readily determine who made claims, the total amount each department paid or awarded in attorney fees, who received the payments, or the statutes under which the cases were...
Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act: Observations on Implementation
GAO-12-275R: Published: Jan 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2012.
According to information provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and our survey of the Inspectors General (IG), five civilian agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Energy, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission used the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act'...
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Actions Needed to Document Security Decisions and Address Issues with Condition of Headquarters Buildings
GAO-12-96: Published: Nov 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2011.
Since September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) mission and workforce have expanded, and the FBI has outgrown its aging headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building (Hoover Building). As a result, the FBI also operates in over 40 annexes, the majority located in the National Capital Region. In the explanatory statement accompanying the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, GAO was d...