Law enforcement (61 - 70 of 81 items)
More Than Money Is Needed To Solve Problems Faced by State and Local Corrections Agencies
GGD-81-104: Published: Sep 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1981.
State and local departments of corrections are faced with enormous problems as a result of the public demand for stricter enforcement and longer terms of incarceration. In recent years, State and local governments have provided additional funds to police, prosecutors, and the courts to get criminals off the streets. Laws have been enacted calling for mandatory and extended periods of incarceration...
Changes Needed in Administering Relief to Industries Hurt by Overseas Competition
ID-81-42: Published: Aug 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1981.
GAO evaluated the implementation of sections of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether the legislation was being administered effectively to enable U.S. industry to become more competitive.GAO found that the program, as administered, does not provide the intended level of import relief. The Government and the petitioners do not agree on specific adjustment commitments to improve competitivenes...
Changes Needed To Deter Violations of Fair Labor Standards Act
HRD-81-60: Published: May 28, 1981. Publicly Released: May 28, 1981.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets standards for recordkeeping, minimum wage, overtime pay, and other protections for workers in establishments engaged in interstate and foreign commerce. Noncompliance with the act can severely harm low-wage workers.While the act does protect employee wages when employers voluntarily comply, there are insufficient deterrents to discourage employers from viol...
Reducing Fraud and Abuse in Entitlement Programs: An Evaluative Perspective
116149: Jan 1, 1981
Little attention has been directed to the design weaknesses of entitlement programs which present opportunities for fraud and abuse. There has been a failure to envision and formally recognize the possibility of fraud and abuse in benefit programs, a consequent failure to address these problems by designing safeguards against them, a failure to build in provisions and funds for the energetic pursu...
The Office of the Special Counsel Can Improve Its Management of Whistleblower Cases
FPCD-81-10: Published: Dec 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1980.
A review was undertaken of the Office of the Special Counsel, within the Merit Systems Protection Board, to determine how the Office is implementing its responsibilities. Two of the significant responsibilities of the Special Counsel are to: (1) establish procedures to insure that allegations of wrongdoings are properly investigated in the executive branch; and (2) protect from reprisals those emp...
Selected Aspects of the New Jersey Interagency Toxic Waste Investigations/Prosecutions Program
114006: Dec 16, 1980
GAO reviewed three separate grants to be used in the New Jersey Interagency Toxic Waste Investigations/Prosecution Program and a program for white collar crime investigations. The review covered program operations by New Jersey's Division of Criminal Justice and focused on three separate areas of program operations: (1) financial controls, (2) the development of toxic waste training programs for r...
Suggested Improvements in Management of International Narcotics Control Program
ID-81-13: Published: Nov 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1980.
GAO made a limited examination of the International Narcotics Control Program in Thailand and Burma. The program includes providing U.S. equipment to reduce the amount of narcotics entering the United States and assisting these nations in combating their own narcotics problems. Monitoring requirements for equipment and other goods are established at the time agreements are reached with recipient c...
Federal Funding for State Medicaid Fraud Control Units Still Needed
HRD-81-2: Published: Oct 6, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1980.
Medicaid fraud costs American taxpayers millions of dollars annually. To help reduce the losses, Congress enacted the Medicare-Medicaid Anti-Fraud and Abuse Amendments authorizing 90 percent Federal matching payments for fiscal years 1978-80 as an incentive for States to establish Medicaid fraud control units. It was expected that this financial relief would enable many State Governments to establ...
From Quantity to Quality: Changing FBI Emphasis on Interstate Property Crimes--A Supplement
GGD-80-43(A): Published: Aug 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1980.
This supplement to an earlier GAO report contains the Department of Justice's comments on the GAO analysis. Justice supported the GAO recommendation to change the legislation but has taken issue with the remaining findings, conclusions, and recommendations. They gave no indication that substantial changes would be forthcoming in either prosecutive or investigative policies and practices. GAO belie...
Justice Needs To Better Manage Its Fight Against Public Corruption
GGD-80-38: Published: Jul 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1980.
In 1977, the Department of Justice designated public corruption, which are crimes by public officials, as one of the priorities among its law enforcement activities. Justice had already established the Public Integrity Section (PIS) as a focal point for coordinating its attack on public corruption.GAO found that management and coordination of public corruption activities by PIS need to be improved...