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Agency Performance Plans: Examples of Practices That Can Improve Usefulness to Decisionmakers
GGD/AIMD-99-69: Published: Feb 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified and described practices that were applied in some federal agencies' 1999 performance plans that might, if consistently applied, improve the usefulness of all agencies' annual performance plans; and (2) provided examples from agencies' fiscal year 1999 performance plans that illustrate each practice.GAO noted that: (1) opportunities to improv...
Results Act: Biomedical Research in HHS' Fiscal Year 1999 Performance Plan
HEHS-98-210R: Published: Sep 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) performance plan to address medical research, focusing on whether the performance plan: (1) provided objective and measurable performance goals by which the outcomes of medical research programs could be assessed; (2) described strategies for achieving the specified research goals; (...
Drug Treatment: Overview of Federal Programs
HEHS-98-237R: Published: Sep 3, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on drug abuse treatment program profiles for the federal judiciary and seven executive branch agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, and the Office of Nat...
Grant Programs: Design Features Shape Flexibility, Accountability, and Performance Information
GGD-98-137: Published: Jun 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO conducted a comparative study of block grants and similar programs that give state or local governments substantial flexibility in determining how funds are to be used, focusing on: (1) examining the design characteristics of these programs that have implications for flexibility, accountability, and programs' ability to collect information about performance...
Organ Donation: Assessing Performance of Organ Procurement Organizations
T-HEHS-98-131: Published: Apr 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1998.
GAO discussed: (1) whether the current standard for assessing the local organ procurement organizations' (OPO) effectiveness appropriately measures the extent to which OPOs are maximizing their ability to identify, procure, and transplant organs and tissue; and (2) alternatives to the current standard that could be more effective.GAO noted that: (1) the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA...
Health Professions Education: Role of Title VII/VIII Programs in Improving Access to Care Is Unclear
HEHS-94-164: Published: Jul 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on strategies and programs to increase the number of primary care providers and improve access to care in underserved areas, focusing on whether: (1) available data show that program changes have led to greater access to health care in rural and underserved areas; and (2) evaluations show that these changes were attributable to the programs.GAO f...
Medical Devices: The Public Health at Risk
T-PEMD-90-2: Published: Nov 6, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) premarket review and postmarket surveillance systems for medical devices. GAO noted that FDA premarket reviews remained inadequate because: (1) FDA judged most medical devices to be substantially equivalent to pre-1976 devices and approved them without direct evidence supporting their safety and effectiveness; (2) the FDA compariso...
Are Neighborhood Health Centers Providing Services Efficiently to the Most Needy?
HRD-77-124: Published: Jun 20, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1978.
Federally funded neighborhood health centers provide a wide range of ambulatory health services to residents, primarily the urban poor, of the areas designated as medically underserved. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) funds 112 neighborhood health centers; such centers received most of the $197 million appropriated in fiscal year 1976 for the HEW Community Health Centers Pro...