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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...
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Actions Needed to Track Budget Execution for Counterproliferation Programs and Better Align Resources with Combating WMD Strategy
GAO-10-755R: Published: Sep 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2010.
Combating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery is one of the greatest challenges the United States faces. Traditionally, the use of WMD--which include chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons--has been constrained by the logic of deterrence and of diplomacy, but these constraints may be of less utility in preventing the use of WMD by rogue states or terrorist...
Legal Services Corporation: Improvements Needed in Governance, Accountability, and Grants Management and Oversight
GAO-08-833T: Published: May 22, 2008. Publicly Released: May 22, 2008.
This testimony discuss GAO's recent reviews of Legal Services Corporation's (LSC) governance, accountability and grants management practices. LSC's mission is to make federal funding available to provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income people throughout the United States on everyday legal problems. LSC pursues this mission by providing financial assistance, mostly through grants to...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Safety and Expand Their Potential Uses within the National Airspace System
GAO-08-511: Published: May 15, 2008. Publicly Released: May 15, 2008.
Government and private-sector interest is growing in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in a variety of missions such as U.S. border protection, hurricane research, law enforcement, and real estate photography. However, UASs can fly only after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts a case-by-case safety analysis. GAO's research questions included (1) What are the current and poten...
Intellectual Property: Federal Enforcement Has Generally Increased, but Assessing Performance Could Strengthen Law Enforcement Efforts
GAO-08-157: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2008.
Federal law enforcement actions against criminals who manufacture and distribute counterfeit and pirated goods are important to enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights and protecting Americans from unsafe or substandard products. GAO was asked to: (1) examine key federal agencies' roles, priorities, and resources devoted to IP-related enforcement; (2) evaluate agencies' IP-related enforcement...
DHS Multi-Agency Operation Centers Would Benefit from Taking Further Steps to Enhance Collaboration and Coordination
GAO-07-686R: Published: Apr 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2007.
This letter addresses the conference report to H.R. 5441 and Senate Report 109-273, which directs GAO to (1) analyze the role of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Operations Center and DHS component operations centers and (2) make recommendations regarding the operation and coordination of these centers. On March 1 and 13, 2007, we met with House and Senate Committee staff, respec...
Fiscal Year 2007 Performance Plans
GAO-07-146SP: Published: Oct 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2006.
This report presents the General Accounting Office's (GAO) Performance Plans for Fiscal Year 2007. In the spirit of the Government Performance and Results Act, this annual plan informs the Congress and the American people about what we expect to accomplish on their behalf in the coming fiscal year. It sets forth our plan to make progress toward achieving our strategic goals for serving the Congres...
Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Defense Threat Reduction Agency Addresses Broad Range of Threats, but Performance Reporting Can Be Improved
GAO-04-330: Published: Feb 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2004.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), within the Department of Defense (DOD), plays a key role in addressing the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the visibility of DTRA's role has increased as federal agencies and military commanders have looked to the agency for additional support and advice. GAO was asked to report on DTRA's (1) mis...
Observations on the Department of Energy's Fiscal Year 1999 Accountability Report and Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 Performance Plans
RCED-00-209R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance report and FY 2000/2001 performance plans required by the Government Performance and Results Act.GAO noted that: (1) in its FY 1999 performance report, DOE indicates that it was mostly successful in making progress toward three outcomes; (2) DOE reports it met or exceeded all of its...
Department of Education: Information Needs Are at the Core of Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-98-124: Published: Mar 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1998.
GAO discussed the challenges the Department of Education faces in carrying out its mission efficiently and effectively and in improving its accountability for the results of its efforts.GAO noted that: (1) while the Department has developed and submitted to Congress its 5-year strategic plan and 1999 performance plan as required by the Government Performance and Results Act, much additional work n...