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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...
Elections: The Nation's Evolving Election System as Reflected in the November 2004 General Election
GAO-06-450: Published: Jun 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2006.
The 2004 general election was the first presidential election that tested substantial changes states made to their election systems since the 2000 election, including some changes required by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). HAVA required some major changes in the nation's elections processes, not all which had to be implemented by the November 2004 election. HAVA addressed issues of peop...
Federal Real Property: Improved Data and a National Strategy Needed to Better Manage Excess and Underutilized Property
GAO-12-958T: Published: Aug 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2012.
We found that the Federal Real Property Council (FRPC) has not followed sound data collection practices in designing and maintaining the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) database, raising concerns that the database is not a useful tool for describing the nature, use, and extent of excess and underutilized federal real property. The FRPC has not ensured that key data elementsincluding bui...
Cancellation of the Army's Autonomous Navigation System
GAO-12-851R: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Almost all ANS hardware and most software development were completed prior to its cancellation, according to the Army and GDRS. The software for the most advanced capabilities was not completed, which potentially presented the greatest complexities. GDRS had demonstrated many of ANSs capabilities to some extent, including its capability to avoid obstacles and follow a leading vehicle through...
Ownership by Minority, Female, and Disadvantaged Firms in the Pipeline Industry
GAO-12-896R: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Minority- or female-owned, minority-owned, and female-owned firms represented 15 percent, 6 percent and 10 percent, respectively, of firms in the U.S. pipeline industry in 2007. In terms of market share, minority- or female-owned firms are estimated to have accounted for a total of 13 percent of industry receipts, with minority-owned firms having accounted for 3 percent and female-owned firms havi...
Survey on States' Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (GAO-12-944SP, August 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-821
GAO-12-944SP: Published: Aug 1, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-821. This e-supplement presents the questions and aggregate results from a Web survey of state budget directors on the fiscal implications of Medicaid expansion implementation on state budget planning...
Medicaid Expansion: States' Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
GAO-12-821: Published: Aug 1, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2012.
Under PPACA, states are responsible for making a number of changes to their Medicaid programs by January 1, 2014, including expanding eligibility levels and streamlining their enrollment processes. Specifically, states must expand Medicaid eligibility to non-elderly individuals with incomes at or below 133 percent of FPL. Under the newly eligible category, states will provide Medicaid coverage to...
Electronic Health Records: Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicare Incentive Payments for 2011
GAO-12-778R: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2012.
In summary, 761 hospitals and 56,585 professionals were awarded a total of approximately $2.3 billion in Medicare EHR incentive payments for 2011. These 761 hospitals represented 16 percent of the estimated 4,855 eligible hospitals, and were awarded $1.3 billion in Medicare EHR incentive payments for 2011. While the amount of EHR incentive payments awarded to each hospital ranged from $22,300 to $...
IMF: Planning for Use of Gold Sales Profits Under Way, but No Decision Made for Using a Portion of the Profits
GAO-12-766R: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2012.
The IMF is proceeding with its plan for creating an endowment for operations and increasing its resources for low-income country lending using the approximately $8 billion in gold sales profits it had projected earning from the 20092010 sales. First, the IMF is working to establish the approximately $7 billion endowment to partially fund IMF operations. The Board is expected to finalize the...
DOD Civilian Workforce: Observations on DOD's Efforts to Plan for Civilian Workforce Requirements
GAO-12-962T: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2012.
Prior Department of Defense (DOD) civilian workforce downsizing efforts in the 1990s were not oriented toward shaping the makeup of the workforce, resulting in significant imbalances in terms of shape, skills, and retirement eligibility. Specifically, in a series of reviews GAO found that DODs efforts in the 1990s to reduce its federal civilian workforce to levels below that of 1987 were ham...