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Retirement Security: Trends in Marriage and Work Patterns May Increase Economic Vulnerability for Some Retirees
GAO-14-33: Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2014.
Over the last 50 years, the composition and work patterns of the American household have changed dramatically. During this period, the proportion of unmarried and never-married individuals in the population increased steadily as couples chose to marry at later ages and live together prior to marriage. At the same time, the proportion of single-parent households more than doubled. These trends were...
Fair Labor Standards Act: The Department of Labor Should Adopt a More Systematic Approach to Developing Its Guidance
GAO-14-69: Published: Dec 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2014.
Substantial increases occurred over the last decade in the number of civil lawsuits filed in federal district court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (FLSA). Federal courts in most states experienced increases in the number of FLSA lawsuits filed and the percentage of total civil lawsuits filed that were FLSA cases, but large increases were concentrated in a f...
Workforce Investment Act: DOL Should Do More to Improve the Quality of Participant Data
GAO-14-4: Published: Dec 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2013.
Flexibility in the Department of Labor's (DOL) data reporting guidance and limitations in some state information systems continue to impair the quality of the data on participants in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. The flexibility in the guidance stems from the inherent nature of WIA, which allows states and local areas to tailor program design and service...
401(k) Plans: Other Countries' Experiences Offer Lessons in Policies and Oversight of Spend-down Options
GAO-14-9: Published: Nov 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2013.
The six countries GAO reviewed can offer U.S. regulators lessons on how to expand access to a mix of spend-down options for 401(k) participants that meet various retirement needs. Five of the six countries generally ensure that participants can choose among three main plan options: a lump sum payment, a programmed withdrawal of participants' savings, or an annuity. In the last several decades, all...
Workforce Investment Act: Results for Survey of Workforce Investment Boards (GAO-14-20SP, December 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-14-19 [Reissued on December 6, 2013]
GAO-14-20SP: Published: Dec 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2013.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-14-19. It presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of a nationally representative sample of workforce investment boards about how the local workforce areas they oversee guided Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker participants toward training in calendar year 2012.The survey asks questions about (1) which sources of labor market informat...
Workforce Investment Act: Local Areas Face Challenges Helping Employers Fill Some Types of Skilled Jobs
GAO-14-19: Published: Dec 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2013.
Based on survey results for calendar year 2012, GAO estimates that most local areas used various sources of information to identify occupations that are in demand (i.e., available jobs and occupations that are projected to grow). Local areas found all of the sources of information they used to be at least moderately useful. To identify occupations that are in demand, GAO estimates that nearly 90 p...
Native American Veterans: DOL Needs a Clear Plan to Improve Employment and Training Services on Tribal Lands
GAO-13-664: Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2013.
The Department of Labor (DOL) is in the early stages of implementing several of the 2010 report's recommendations, but implementation of the remaining recommendations has not occurred. The agency has begun to take steps to respond to three of the report's six recommendations: improve interagency collaboration, create an advisory subcommittee for Native American veterans, and conduct a needs assess...
Public Transit: Transit Agencies' Use of Contracting to Provide Service
GAO-13-782: Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
Contracting is a prevalent means of providing transit services. About 61 percent of the 463 transit agencies responding to GAO's survey reported they contract out some or all operations and services, while the rest reported that they do not contract out at all. According to GAO's survey, paratransit (services for the disabled), demand response (also known as dial-a-ride), and commuter rail service...
Automatic IRAS: Lower-Earning Households Could Realize Increases in Retirement Income
GAO-13-699: Published: Aug 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.
Households without employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) pension plans or individual retirement accounts (IRA) had lower incomes and tax rates than households with those plans, and are also likely to have limited additional resources to draw upon in retirement, according to GAO estimates. The median adjusted gross income for households without DC plans or IRAs was $32,000, compared to $75,0...
Unemployment Insurance Information Technology: States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T: Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
As GAO reported in September 2012, nine selected states had made varying degrees of progress in modernizing the information technology (IT) systems supporting their unemployment insurance (UI) programs. Specifically, the states' modernization efforts were at various stages--three were in early phases of defining business needs and requirements, two were in the process of building systems based on...