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Highlights of a Forum: Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP: Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.
Investments in the education and health of children are critical to the nation's future, as the nation's security and well-being depend on a productive citizenry. While families play the essential role in nurturing their children, the federal government has traditionally provided aid to disadvantaged children and families. However, federal spending on current health care and retirement programs--M...
African American Children in Foster Care: HHS and Congressional Actions Could Help Reduce Proportion in Care
GAO-08-1064T: Published: Jul 31, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2008.
A significantly greater proportion of African American children are in foster care than children of other races and ethnicities relative to their share of the general population. Given this situation, GAO was asked to analyze the (1) major factors influencing their proportion in foster care, (2) strategies states and localities have implemented that appear promising, and (3) ways in which federal...
Residential Facilities: Improved Data and Enhanced Oversight Would Help Safeguard the Well-Being of Youth with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
GAO-08-346: Published: May 13, 2008. Publicly Released: May 13, 2008.
Federal funding to states supported more than 200,000 youth in residential facilities in 2004, many seeking help to address behavioral or emotional challenges. However, federal investigations have identified maltreatment and civil rights abuses in some facilities. GAO was asked to provide national information about (1) the nature of incidents that adversely affect youth well-being in residential f...
Residential Facilities: Surveys of State Child Welfare, Health and Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice Directors (GAO-08-631SP, May 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-346
GAO-08-631SP: Published: May 13, 2008. Publicly Released: May 13, 2008.
This is an E-Supplement to GAO-08-346, which was released on May 13, 2008. This product lists the questions asked and the summary results from three GAO surveys of state child welfare or protective service, health and mental health, and juvenile justice and rehabilitation agency directors. The Web-based surveys asked questions about the extent to which state agencies licensed and monitored residen...
Residential Facilities: State and Federal Oversight Gaps May Increase Risk to Youth Well-Being
GAO-08-696T: Published: Apr 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2008.
Nationwide, federal funding to states supported more than 200,000 youth in facilities seeking help for behavioral or emotional challenges in 2004. Recent federal reviews and investigations highlighted maltreatment in some facilities, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths. This testimony discusses (1) what is known about incidents that adversely affect youth well-being in residential facilities,...
Abstinence Education: Assessing the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Federally Funded Programs
GAO-08-664T: Published: Apr 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2008.
Among the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies, the agency provides funding to states and organizations that offer abstinence-until-marriage education. GAO was asked to testify on the oversight of federally funded abstinence-until-marriage education programs. This testimony is primarily base...
Bankruptcy and Child Support Enforcement: Improved Information Sharing Possible without Routine Data Matching
GAO-08-100: Published: Jan 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2008.
Recognizing the importance of child support, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires that if a parent with child support obligations files for bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee must notify the relevant custodial parent and state child support enforcement agency so that they may participate in the case. The act also required GAO to study the feasibility of matchi...
SSA Disability Representatives: Fee Payment Changes Show Promise, but Eligibility Criteria and Representative Overpayments Require Further Monitoring
GAO-08-5: Published: Oct 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2007.
The Social Security Protection Act of 2004 temporarily expanded the practice of paying representatives' fees directly out of a claimant's benefits. This practice, known as fee withholding, was previously available only to attorneys in Disability Insurance (DI) cases. It has been extended to attorneys in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, and to nonattorneys--who meet eligibility criteria--i...
Unemployment Insurance: Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers Continue to Experience Low Rates of Receipt
GAO-07-1147: Published: Sep 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2007.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program has been a key component in ensuring the financial security of America's workforce for more than 70 years. The UI program is a federal-state partnership designed to partially replace lost earnings of individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. In fiscal year 2006, the UI program covered about 130 million wage and salary workers and paid...
Unemployment Insurance: Receipt of Benefits Has Declined, with Continued Disparities for Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers
GAO-07-1243T: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program has been a key component in ensuring the financial security of America's workforce. In the 72 years since the UI program began, the nature of work has changed in fundamental ways. In recent decades the number of low-wage jobs, the average duration of unemployment, and the number of women in the workforce have all increased. This testimony addresses: (1) the...