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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...
Modernizing SSA Disability Programs: Progress Made, but Key Efforts Warrant More Management Focus
GAO-12-420: Published: Jun 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2012.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken steps that hold promise for improving the process for updating its medical criteria, but continues to face challenges ensuring timely updates. SSA now uses a two-tiered system for ongoing revisions to its medical listings. First, it completes a comprehensive review of all medical conditions listed within each of 14 body systems, making needed revi...
Rural Housing Service: Efforts to Identify and Reduce Improper Rental Assistance Payments Could Be Enhanced
GAO-12-624: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2012.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has identified improper rental assistance payments caused by certain sources of errors, but its reported error rate (total amount improperly paid divided by program outlays) may understate the magnitude of the problem. RHS has identified improper payments resulting from inaccurate calculations of tenant subsidies and incomplete supporting documents. From fiscal year...
Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs
GAO-12-677: Published: Jun 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2012.
GAO identified 45 programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, reflecting a fragmented system of services. The programs were administered by nine federal agencies and overseen by even more congressional committees. All programs overlapped with at least one other program in that they provided one or more similar employment service to a similar population...
Supplemental Security Income: Better Management Oversight Needed for Children's Benefits
GAO-12-497: Published: Jun 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2012.
The number of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) child applicants and recipients with mental impairments has increased substantially for more than a decade, even though the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied, on average, 54 percent of such claims from fiscal years 2000 to 2011. Factors such as the rising number of children in poverty and increasing diagnosis of certain mental impairments...
Supplemental Security Income: State Trends in Applications, Allowances, and Benefit Receipts for Children with Mental Impairments (GAO-12-498SP, June 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-497
GAO-12-498SP: Published: Jun 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2012.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-12-497. This e-supplement provides information on state trends in applications, medical allowances, and benefit Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receipts for children with mental impairments from 2000 to 2011. It contains two interactive maps, which can be accessed using the links below. The first map presents state data on SSI applications and allowances...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Update on Program Performance
GAO-12-812T: Published: Jun 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2012.
The federal-state TANF partnership makes significant resources available to address poverty in the lives of families with children. With these resources, TANF has provided a basic safety net to many families and helped many parents step into jobs. At the same time, there are questions about the strength and breadth of the TANF safety net. Many eligible familiessome of whom have very low inco...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: State Maintenance of Effort Requirements and Trends
GAO-12-713T: Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grants maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions include specified state spending levels and general requirements on the use of funds. For example, these provisions generally require that each state spend at least 80 percent (75 percent if the state meets certain performance standards) of the amount it spent on welfare and related program...
Homelessness: Fragmentation and Overlap in Programs Highlight the Need to Identify, Assess, and Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-12-491: Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.
Homelessness programs are fragmented across multiple agencies and some show evidence of overlap. In fiscal year 2010, eight federal agencies obligated roughly $2.8 billion to administer 26 homelessness programs. Three agenciesthe Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Veterans Affairs (VA)are responsible for the majority of programs and...
Foster Care Program: Improved Processes Needed to Estimate Improper Payments and Evaluate Related Corrective Actions
GAO-12-312: Published: Mar 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2012.
Although ACF has established a process to calculate a national improper payment estimate for the Foster Care program, the estimate is not based on a statistically valid methodology and consequently does not reflect a reasonably accurate estimate of the extent of Foster Care improper payments. In addition, the estimate deals with only about one-third of the federal expenditures for Foster Care, and...