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Elder Justice: Strengthening Efforts to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-140T: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
We found that state and local social services, criminal justice, and consumer protection agencies face many challenges as they work to prevent and respond to elder financial exploitation. For example:Officials in each of the four states we contacted cited the need for more safeguards to prevent exploitation by financial services providers, power of attorney agents, and paid in-home caregivers;Offi...
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...
Information Technology: Department of Labor Could Further Facilitate Modernization of States' Unemployment Insurance Systems
GAO-12-957: Published: Sep 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2012.
The Department of Labor (Labor) facilitates states efforts to modernize information technology (IT) systems supporting their unemployment insurance (UI) programs by (1) providing funds for administrating overall UI operations and (2) participating in groups that provide technical support to states. While the federal-state structure of the UI program places primary responsibility for its admi...
Waivers Related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant
GAO-12-1028R: Published: Sep 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
In response to a Congressional request for information on waivers related to TANF, we addressed the following questions:Since TANF was created in 1996, has HHS granted any TANF waivers or previously indicated it has the authority to waive TANF work requirements?Since the creation of TANF, HHS has not granted any section 1115 waivers related to TANF. Many states received section 1115 waivers under...
SSA Disability Programs: Progress and Challenges Related to Modernizing
GAO-12-891T: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
We found that SSA has taken concrete steps to incorporate modern concepts of disability into its determination criteria, but faces constraints to more fully considering assistive devices and workplace accommodations.Giving greater consideration to a claimant's functional capacity: SSA has begun taking a more modern view of disability that looks beyond the claimant's medical condition by giving gre...
Income Security: Overlapping Disability and Unemployment Benefits Should be Evaluated for Potential Savings
GAO-12-764: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2012.
In fiscal year 2010, 117,000 individuals received concurrent cash benefit payments from the Disability Insurance (DI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs of more than $850 million, which is allowable in certain circumstances under current program authority. While these individuals represented less than 1 percent of the total beneficiaries of both programs, the cash benefits they received tota...
Home Energy Assistance for Low-Income Occupants of Manufactured Homes
GAO-12-848R: Published: Aug 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2012.
In 2005, the most recent year for which complete data were available, occupants of older manufactured homes paid over twice as much on average per square foot for energy---$1.75 per square foot as compared with $0.87---as was paid by occupants of detached homes. Annual energy expenditures for older manufactured homes--about 906 square feet on average--were about $1,369, compared with detached home...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: More States Counting Third Party Maintenance of Effort Spending
GAO-12-929R: Published: Jul 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2012.
The number of states that reported counting third party nongovernmental expenditures toward their state MOE spending increased over the past 5 yearsfrom 3 states in fiscal year 2007 to 13 states in fiscal year 2011. The largest number of states reported its use in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, the years during which states accessed TANF Emergency Contingency Funds provided by the American Reco...
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Improved Oversight of State Eligibility Expansions Needed
GAO-12-670: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2012.
In fiscal year 2010, GAO estimates that 2.6 percent (473,000) of households that received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would not have been eligible for the program without broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) because their incomes were over the federal SNAP eligibility limits. The characteristics of these households were generally similar to other SNAP households...
TANF Electronic Benefit Cards: Some States Are Restricting Certain TANF Transactions, but Challenges Remain
GAO-12-535: Published: Jul 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2012.
Six of the 10 states reviewed by GAO took steps aimed at preventing certain Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) transactions determined to be inconsistent with the purpose of TANF, despite no federal requirement to do so at the time. Restrictions are based on selected states laws, executive orders, and other regulations, and generally cover certain locations or certain types of pu...