Program management (61 - 70 of 232 items)
Food Stamp Program: Farm Bill Options Ease Administrative Burden, but Opportunities Exist to Streamline Participant Reporting Rules among Programs
GAO-04-916: Published: Sep 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2004.
Many individuals familiar with the Food Stamp Program view its rules as unnecessarily complex, creating an administrative burden for participants and caseworkers. In addition many participants receive benefits from other programs that have different program rules, adding to the complexity of accurately determining program benefits and eligibility. The 2002 Farm Bill introduced new options to help...
TANF And Child Care Programs: HHS Lacks Adequate Information to Assess Risk and Assist States in Managing Improper Payments
GAO-04-723: Published: Jun 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2004.
Minimizing improper payments is important given the dollar magnitude of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs--about $34 billion in federal and state funds expended annually. These block grants support millions of low-income families with cash assistance, child care, and other services aimed at reducing their dependence on the govern...
Child And Family Services Reviews: States and HHS Face Challenges in Assessing and Improving State Performance
GAO-04-781T: Published: May 13, 2004. Publicly Released: May 13, 2004.
In 2001, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) implemented the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) to increase states' accountability. The CFSR uses states' data profiles and statewide assessments, as well as interviews and an on-site case review, to measure state performance on 14 outcomes and systemic factors, including child well-...
Social Security Disability: Commissioner Proposes Strategy to Improve the Claims Process, but Faces Implementation Challenges
GAO-04-552T: Published: Mar 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2004.
Delivering high-quality service to the public in the form of fair, timely, and consistent eligibility decisions for disability benefits is one of SSA's most pressing challenges. This testimony discusses (1) the difficulties SSA faces managing disability claims processing; (2) the outmoded concepts of SSA's disability program; and (3) the Commissioner's strategy for improving the disability process...
Corporation for National and Community Service: Preliminary Observations on the National Service Trust and AmeriCorps
GAO-03-642T: Published: Apr 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2003.
In November 2002, the Corporation for National and Community Service suspended enrollments in the AmeriCorps program due to concern that the National Service Trust may not contain enough funds to meet the education award obligations resulting from AmeriCorps enrollments. This testimony reflects GAO's preliminary review of the factors that contributed to the need to suspend enrollments and GAO's pr...
Food Assistance: Activities and Use of Nonprogram Resources at Six WIC Agencies
RCED-00-202: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the activities and use of nonprogram resources at six Special Supplemental Food Program for, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies, focusing on: (1) ways WIC agencies deliver nutrition services and administer the program; (2) ways staff at WIC agencies allocate their time delivering nutrition services and administering the program; and (3)...
Fraud, Waste, and Abuse: The Cost of Mismanagement
AIMD-98-265R: Published: Sep 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on examples of the cost of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in major federal programs.GAO noted that: (1) fraud and abuse in the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program generally occurs in the form of either overpayments to recipients or trafficking, that is, exchanging food stamps for cash or other nonfood items; (2) forgon...
Supplemental Security Income: Action Needed on Long-Standing Problems Affecting Program Integrity
HEHS-98-158: Published: Sep 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1998.
GAO provided information on the management problems associated with the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program.GAO noted that: (1) to a great extent, SSA's inability to address its most significant long-standing SSI problems is attributable to two underlying causes: (a) an organizational culture or value system that places a greater priority on processing...
At-Risk and Delinquent Youth: Multiple Programs Lack Coordinated Federal Effort
T-HEHS-98-38: Published: Nov 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1997.
GAO discussed its work on federal programs that serve at-risk and delinquent youth, focusing on: (1) who administers federal programs serving at-risk and delinquent youth; (2) how much money is spent on these programs; and (3) what is known about their effectiveness.GAO noted that: (1) multiple federal departments and agencies spend billions of dollars funding a wide variety of programs serving at...
Food Assistance: Working Women's Access to WIC Benefits
RCED-98-19: Published: Oct 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the extent to which Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program benefits are accessible to eligible working women, focusing on: (1) the actions taken by local WIC agencies to increase access to WIC benefits for working women; (2) asking the local WIC agency directors' opinions on the accessib...