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Released on September 19, 2019
Disaster Response: FEMA and the American Red Cross Need to Ensure Key Mass Care Organizations are Included in Coordination and Planning
GAO-19-526: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
Disaster responders faced unprecedented demands for food and shelter after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria hit within four weeks in 2017, according to FEMA. FEMA and the Red Cross coordinate with state, local, and volunteer organizations to provide food and shelter after major disasters. We found that the agreements state and local governments made with response organizations didn’t always i...
Equal Employment Opportunity: Progress Made on GAO Recommendations to Improve Nondiscrimination Oversight, but Challenges Remain
GAO-19-719T: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
Federal law prohibits employers from employment discrimination based on race and gender (among other things). The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) are the primary agencies that enforce these laws. We testified about challenges these agencies face in ensuring that employers meet equal employment...
Federal Contracting: Awards to Mid-Sized Businesses and Options for Increasing Their Opportunities
GAO-19-523: Published: Aug 20, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
Some federal contracts are set aside for small businesses (categorized by their number of employees or their revenue). But what happens when these businesses grow to become mid-size? We looked at how many small businesses grew to be mid-size, as well as options for increasing federal contracting opportunities for mid-sized businesses. We found that, between 2008 and 2017, very few small businesse...
Health Care Quality: CMS Could More Effectively Ensure Its Quality Measurement Activities Promote Its Objectives
GAO-19-628: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
How does Medicare ensure that hospitals, physicians, and others are providing high-quality health care? Medicare can adjust payments based on performance, but it also keeps providers accountable by making health care quality information publicly available. Medicare has made it a priority to develop and use measures of health care quality that address key aspects of care while minimizing the data...
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Opportunities for Education to Improve Both the Program and Its Temporary Expanded Process
GAO-19-717T: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
Click here to enter text. Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Opportunities for Education to Improve Both the Program and Its Temporary Expanded Process The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program forgives federal student loan balances for borrowers who have made 10 years of payments while working in certain public service jobs. We testified that about 99 percent of borrower applications for loan f...
Respuesta a Desastres: FEMA y la Cruz Roja Americana Necesitan Asegurar que Las Organizaciones Claves del Cuidado en Masa Sean Incluidas en la Coordinación y el Planeamiento
GAO-19-708: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
This is the Spanish language highlights associated with GAO-19-526.Conclusiones de la GAODespués de los tres huracanes intensos de 2017, los esfuerzos de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Cruz Roja Americana (Cruz Roja) se beneficiaron de localizar socios claves en el mismo lugar. La coordinación en persona fue fundamental para mantener la co...
VA Disability Exams: Opportunities Remain to Improve Oversight of Contracted Examiners[back to top]
GAO-19-715T: Published: Sep 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2019.
The Veterans Benefits Administration frequently uses contractors to conduct medical exams that veterans need for disability claims. According to VBA, contractors help it avoid delays in the claims process. VBA awarded exam contracts in 2018 that are worth up to $6.8 billion over 10 years. In October 2018, we recommended that VBA improve its oversight of contracted examiners to ensure they offer h...
Released on September 18, 2019
Elder Abuse: Federal Requirements for Oversight in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Differ
GAO-19-599: Published: Aug 19, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2019.
Under Medicaid and Medicare, states and the federal government share responsibility for protecting about 1.5 million nursing home and assisted living residents from elder abuse. We compared federal requirements for reporting and investigating elder abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We found that, while the federal government sets specific requirements for nursing homes, it re...
NASA: Actions Needed to Improve the Management of Human Spaceflight Programs
GAO-19-716T: Published: Sep 18, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2019.
NASA is developing 3 systems to put astronauts into space—the Orion crew vehicle, Space Launch System, and Exploration Ground Systems. NASA will need these systems for its human space exploration goals, including sending astronauts to the moon as soon as 2024. We’ve been concerned about how NASA is managing these large and complex efforts. Past reports have noted that schedules were overly op...
Oil and Gas: Bureau of Land Management Should Address Risks from Insufficient Bonds to Reclaim Wells[back to top]
GAO-19-615: Published: Sep 18, 2019. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2019.
Oil and natural gas wells on federal land bring in billions in federal revenue. However, if their operators don’t properly manage these wells, the government may end up paying to clean them up when they stop producing. And the bonds operators provide as insurance are often not enough to cover the costs of this cleanup. We found that the Bureau of Land Management identified 89 new wells between...