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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...
Modernizing SSA Disability Programs: Preliminary Observations on Updates of Medical and Occupational Criteria
GAO-12-511T: Published: Mar 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2012.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made several changes to improve the process it uses for updating its medical criteria, but continues to face challenges ensuring timely updates. SSAs medical criteria for adults are in the form of listings of medical conditions and impairments organized under 14 body systems, which SSA periodically updates. To help ensure timely, periodic updates...
Measuring Performance: The Corporation for National and Community Service Faces Challenges Demonstrating Outcomes
GAO-12-310: Published: Feb 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2012.
CNCS officials expect that most grantees from its main programs will adopt at least 1 of the agencys 16 agency-wide performance measures. Specifically, officials told us that AmeriCorps State and National and VISTA grantees will adopt at least 1 of CNCSs performance measures by fiscal year 2012, and Senior Corps grantees will adopt at least 1 measure by fiscal year 2013. However, offic...
Unemployment Insurance: Economic Circumstances of Individuals Who Exhausted Benefits
GAO-12-408: Published: Feb 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2012.
Among the 15 million workers who lost jobs from 2007 to 2009, half received Unemployment Insurance (UI), and about one-fourth of the recipients exhausted UI benefits by January 2010. This represents 2 million displaced workers who exhausted UI as of early 2010, the most recent survey data available. Labor estimated that about an additional 3-1/2 million individuals exhausted benefits in 2010 and 2...
Early Child Care and Education: HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance Worker Quality
GAO-12-248: Published: Feb 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2012.
The paid early child care and education (ECCE) workforce was made up of approximately 1.8 million workers in a range of positions, most of whom had relatively low levels of education and income, according to Censuss 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data. For example, nearly half of all child care workers had a high school degree or less as did 20 percent of preschool teachers. Average ye...