Public assistance programs (41 - 50 of 75 items)
Foster Care: Preliminary Report on Reform Effects
PEMD-89-23BR: Published: Jun 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effects of 1980 legislative reforms to foster care and child welfare services programs.GAO found that 1980 amendments to the Social Security Act required states to take various steps to remain eligible for their share of child welfare services grant funds, including: (1) completing an inventory of children in foster care; (2) establishing stat...
Food Stamps: Reasons for Nonparticipation
PEMD-89-5BR: Published: Dec 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the reported reasons why eligible households did not participate in the Food Stamp Program; and (2) compared nonparticipation reasons cited by families in 1979 with those cited in 1986.GAO found that, in 1979 and 1986, respectively: (1) 46.1 percent and 43.8 percent of eligible families participated in the program; (2) 53.8 percent and 50.7...
Food Assistance: A Swedish Case Study
RCED-88-181BR: Published: Jun 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Sweden's food assistance programs to determine: (1) the type of programs it has and how they operate; (2) whether it uses its agricultural surpluses in food assistance programs to reduce welfare costs; and (3) whether it uses any surplus disposal techniques that do not improve the nutrition of its citizens.GAO found that: (1) Swed...
Welfare: Summary of Administrative Problems Discussed in Past GAO Reports
HRD-88-29BR: Published: Nov 27, 1987. Publicly Released: May 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) summarized the administrative problems it discussed in past reports on public assistance programs; and (2) provided questions for Congress to consider concerning welfare reform proposals.GAO found that the problems included: (1) overlapping of legislative and oversight responsibilities and a lack of consistency in terminology and definitions between...
Food Assistance: Practices of the European Community and Selected Member Nations
RCED-88-102: Published: Mar 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the food assistance programs of the European Community and four of its members, focusing on their program operation and use of agricultural surpluses.GAO found that: (1) both the European Community and individual member nations sponsor food assistance programs; (2) the program's primary aims are to assist the needy and reduce agricultural surplu...
Noncash Benefits: Methodological Review of Experimental Valuation Methods Indicates Many Problems Remain
PEMD-87-23: Published: Sep 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) developed a general approach for assessing future proposed methods to change poverty indicators; and (2) applied its approach to one method the Census Bureau used to place cash value on noncash benefits.The GAO assessment approach: (1) identified specific concerns within each method; (2) examined these concerns using indicators, such as changes in t...
Child Support: Need To Improve Efforts To Identify Fathers and Obtain Support Orders
HRD-87-37: Published: Apr 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Child Support Enforcement Program to determine: (1) whether states' efforts to determine paternity and obtain support orders for children who receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) are adequate; (2) whether the data compiled are sufficient for program oversight; and (3) the potential impact of recent legislative amendm...
Current AFDC Work Programs and Implications for Federal Policy
T-HRD-87-9: Published: Feb 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1987.
GAO discussed work programs for Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program (AFDC) beneficiaries. GAO noted that: (1) its audit work focused on state-administered work incentive programs; (2) AFDC work programs served only about 22 percent of AFDC recipients in 1985; (3) an unknown proportion of work incentive participants received no services other than orientation or assessment; (4) current...
Child Support: States' Implementation of the 1984 Child Support Enforcement Amendments
HRD-86-40BR: Published: Dec 24, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted a telephone survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the extent to which they had implemented 10 mandatory practices in the Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984. GAO also obtained information from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Child Support Enforcement on federal approval of states' requ...