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Means-Tested Programs: Information on Program Access Can Be an Important Management Tool
GAO-05-221: Published: Apr 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2005.
Federal agencies that administer means-tested programs are responsible for both ensuring that people have appropriate access to assistance and ensuring the integrity of the programs they oversee. To balance these two priorities appropriately, it is important for agencies to have information on program integrity and program access. Knowing the proportion of the population that qualifies for these p...
Social Security: Better Coordination among Federal Agencies Could Reduce Unidentified Earnings Reports
GAO-05-154: Published: Feb 4, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2005.
Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives millions of employer-submitted earnings reports (Form W-2s) that it is unable to place in an individual Social Security record. If the Social Security number (SSN) and name on a W-2 do not match SSA's records, the W-2 is retained in the Earnings Suspense File (ESF). SSA's ability to match earnings reports is essential to calculating Soci...
Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress
GAO-05-1: Published: Nov 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2004.
There has been growing activity and interest in developing a system of key national indicators that would provide an independent, trusted, reliable, widely available, and usable source of information. Such a system would facilitate fact-based assessments of the position and progress of the United States, on both an absolute and relative basis. This interest emerges from the following perspectives...
FBI Transformation: Data Inconclusive on Effects of Shift to Counterterrorism-Related Priorities on Traditional Crime Enforcement
GAO-04-1036: Published: Aug 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2004.
As a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has committed to a transformation to increase its focus on national security. The FBI has shifted agent resources to its top priorities of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber crime. Some of these agent resources were shifted away from drug, white-collar, and violent crime enforcement...
No FEAR Act: Methods the Justice Department Says It Could Use to Account for Its Per-Case Costs Under the Act
GAO-04-863: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
Allegations of violations of employment discrimination and whistleblower protection laws against federal agencies can end up in federal court, at which point Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys generally take over representation of the agency. Attorneys within Justice's Civil Division and U.S. Attorneys Offices generally handle this type of litigation. The Notifications and Federal Employee Anti...
Geospatial Information: Better Coordination Needed to Identify and Reduce Duplicative Investments
GAO-04-703: Published: Jun 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2004.
From homeland security to tracking outbreaks of disease, to investigating the space shuttle disaster to responding to natural disasters, the collection, maintenance, and use of location-based (geospatial) information has become critical to many federal agencies' abilities to achieve their goals. Local governments and the private sector also rely on such data to support essential functions. GAO was...
Unfunded Mandates: Analysis of Reform Act Coverage
GAO-04-637: Published: May 12, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) was enacted to address concerns about federal statutes and rules that require state, local, and tribal governments or the private sector to expend resources to achieve legislative goals. UMRA generates information about the nature and size of potential federal mandates to assist Congress and agency decision makers in their consideration of proposed l...
Law Enforcement: Better Performance Measures Needed to Assess Results of Justice's Office of Science and Technology
GAO-04-198: Published: Nov 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2003.
The mission of the Office of Science & Technology (OST), within the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ), is to improve the safety and effectiveness of technology used by federal, state, and local law enforcement and other public safety agencies. Through NIJ, OST funds programs in forensic sciences, crime prevention, and standards and testing. To support these programs, Cong...
Monitoring and Oversight of Federal Funds Awarded to Bridgeport, Connecticut
GAO-04-230R: Published: Nov 26, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2003.
In 2001 and 2002, federal prosecutors indicted the Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a dozen conspirators on charges of racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion. In March 2003, the mayor was found guilty on 16 counts, and most of the others indicted have pleaded guilty. While the indictment did not refer to any misuse of federal funds, some of the corrupt activities were associated...
Inspectors General: Enhancing Federal Accountability
GAO-04-117T: Published: Oct 8, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2003.
On the 25th anniversary of passage of the Inspector General (IG) Act, Congress sought GAO's views on the role of the IGs in providing independent oversight within federal agencies and to discuss the new and continuing challenges faced by government performance and accountability professionals.The IGs have made a significant difference in federal performance and accountability during the past 25 ye...