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Securities Fraud Liability of Secondary Actors
GAO-11-664: Published: Jul 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2011.
This report responds to the mandate in section 929Z of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directing GAO to study the impact of authorizing a private legal right of action against any person who aids or abets another in violation of the securities laws. The report includes a description of the legal and factual background of such "secondary actor" liability, as well as a...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Existing Post-Employment Controls Could Be Further Strengthened
GAO-11-654: Published: Jul 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2011.
Many Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) employees leave the SEC each year, and some of these former employees go to work for firms regulated by SEC or the law or consulting firms that represent them. This practice raises questions about the potential impact on SEC's ability to effectively carry out its mission, including the potential for undue influence by former SEC employees on SEC matter...
Federal Grants: Improvements Needed in Oversight and Accountability Processes
GAO-11-773T: Published: Jun 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2011.
While federal grant funding has been increasing, long-standing concerns remain about the federal government's grants management and the lack of effective oversight tools to reasonably assure that grants are used for their intended purposes and that risks of fraud, waste, and abuse are minimized. GAO has issued a range of reports raising concerns about the risks and vulnerabilities related to grant...
H.R. 1495: Gold Reserve Transparency Act of 2011
GAO-11-768T: Published: Jun 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2011.
This testimony discusses H.R. 1495, the Gold Reserve Transparency Act of 2011. This proposed legislation, which was recently referred to the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, House Committee on Financial Services, provides for an audit of the gold reserves of the United States. Specifically, the bill calls for the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct and complete, not later...
Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls
GAO-11-468: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2011.
Recalls are an important tool to mitigate serious health consequences associated with defective or unsafe medical devices. Typically, a recall is voluntarily initiated by the firm that manufactured the device. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), oversees implementation of the recall. FDA classifies recalls based on health risk...
Disability Insurance: Preliminary Observations on SSA Efforts to Detect, Prevent, and Recover Overpayments
GAO-11-756T: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2011.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program paid almost $123 billion in benefits in fiscal year 2010 to more than 10 million workers and dependents. The program has grown rapidly in recent years and is poised to grow further as the baby boom generation ages. GAO examined (1) what is known about the extent SSA makes work-related overpayments to, and recovers overpay...
Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program: Improvements Needed in Controls over Reporting Deposits and Expenditures
GAO-11-446: Published: May 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2011.
To help combat fraud and abuse in health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, Congress enacted the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) program as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA requires that the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Justice (DOJ) issue a joint annual report to Congress on amounts deposited to a...
Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Internal Control Weaknesses Need to Be Corrected to Help Achieve Security Objectives
GAO-11-657: Published: May 10, 2011. Publicly Released: May 10, 2011.
Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard manage the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which requires maritime workers to complete background checks and obtain a biometric identification card to gain unescorted access to secure areas of regulated maritime facilities. As requested, GAO ev...
Southwest Border: Border Patrol Operations on Federal Lands
GAO-11-573T: Published: Apr 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2011.
To stem the flow of illegal traffic from Mexico into the United States over the last 5 years along the U.S. southwestern border, the Border Patrol has nearly doubled the number of agents on patrol, constructed hundreds of miles of border fences, and installed a variety of surveillance equipment. About 40 percent of these border lands are managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture,...
Electronic Tax Return Filing: Improvements Can Be Made before Mandate Becomes Fully Implemented
GAO-11-344: Published: Mar 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2011.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) goal is to receive 80 percent of all major types of tax returns electronically by 2012. Legislation passed in November 2009 supports the 80 percent goal for individual income tax returns by requiring tax return preparers who file more than 10 individual returns per year to file them electronically, or e-file. In 2009, IRS electronically processed nearly 95.5 mi...