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Elder Abuse: The Extent of Abuse by Guardians Is Unknown, but Some Measures Exist to Help Protect Older Adults
GAO-17-33: Published: Nov 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2016.
The extent of elder abuse by guardians nationally is unknown due to limited data on key factors related to elder abuse by a guardian, such as the numbers of guardians serving older adults, older adults in guardianships, and cases of elder abuse by a guardian. Court officials from six selected states GAO spoke to noted various data limitations that prevent them from being able to provide reliable f...
Managing for Results: Agencies' Trends in the Use of Performance Information to Make Decisions
GAO-14-747: Published: Sep 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2014.
Agencies' reported use of performance information, as measured by GAO's use of performance information index, generally did not improve between 2007 and 2013. The index was derived from a set of survey questions in the 2007 and 2013 surveys that reflected the extent to which managers reported that their agencies used performance information for various management activities and decision making. GA...
Federal Training Investments: Office of Personnel Management and Agencies Can Do More to Ensure Cost-Effective Decisions
GAO-12-878: Published: Sep 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
Many Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs) reported that they are implementing several leading practices important to making strategic decisions about training delivery, such as determining the best mix of decentralized and centralized training and considering government-wide reform when planning training. However, many CHCOs reported they are not implementing some practices that support making mor...
Disability Employment: Further Action Needed to Oversee Efforts to Meet Federal Government Hiring Goals
GAO-12-568: Published: May 25, 2012. Publicly Released: May 25, 2012.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Labor (Labor) have taken steps to implement the executive order and help agencies recruit, hire, and retain more employees with disabilities. OPM provided guidance to help agencies develop disability hiring plans and reviewed the 66 plans submitted. OPM identified deficiencies in most of the plans. For example, though 40 of 66 agencies...
Guardianships: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors
GAO-10-1046: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2010.
As individuals age, some become incapable of managing their personal and financial affairs. To protect these individuals, state laws provide for court appointment of guardians, who may be professionals or family members, to protect the incapacitated person's personal and/or financial welfare. State and local courts are responsible for overseeing guardians. In addition, federal agencies may appoint...
Prescription Drugs: Overview of Approaches to Control Prescription Drug Spending in Federal Programs
GAO-09-819T: Published: Jun 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2009.
Millions of individuals receive prescription drugs through federal programs. The increasing cost of prescription drugs has put pressure to control drug spending on federal programs such as the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Medicare Part D, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and Medicaid. Prescription drug spending within the FEHBP in part...
Human Capital: Bonuses to Senior Executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-07-985T: Published: Jun 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2007.
Key practices of effective performance management for the Senior Executive Service (SES) include the linkage or "line of sight" between individual performance and organizational success, the importance of linking pay to individual and organizational performance, and the need to make meaningful distinctions in performance. GAO identified certain principles for executive pay plans that should be con...
Human Capital: Further Guidance, Assistance, and Coordination Can Improve Federal Telework Efforts
GAO-03-679: Published: Jul 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2003.
Telework--work done at a location other than a traditional office--has gained widespread attention over the past decade as a human capital flexibility offering various potential benefits to employers, employees, and society. Using such flexibilities as management tools can help the federal government address its human capital challenges. GAO did this study in response to a congressional request to...
Federal Employees' Health Benefits: Effects of Using Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Health Plans, Enrollees, and Pharmacies
GAO-03-196: Published: Jan 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2003.
Rising prescription drug costs have contributed to rising employer health plans premiums in recent years. Most federal employees, retirees, and their dependents participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), are enrolled in plans that contract with pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) to administer their prescription dru...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Percentages of Take-Home Pay Replaced by Compensation Benefits
GGD-98-174: Published: Aug 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on workers' compensation benefits for lost wages provided to workers with job-related injuries under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), focusing on: (1) the percentages of take-home pay that FECA benefits replaced for beneficiaries on the long-term rolls who were receiving full benefits; (2) career patterns of workers in se...