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Elder Justice: More Federal Coordination and Public Awareness Needed
GAO-13-498: Published: Jul 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2013.
In fiscal year 2011, two agencies--the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Justice (Justice) --separately administered 12 fragmented but minimally overlapping programs that directed funds toward elder justice, with low risk of duplication. Specifically, because more than one federal agency administers these programs, GAO found that these grant programs are fragmented. Further, GAO f...
Intellectual Property: Insights Gained from Efforts to Quantify the Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods in the U.S. Economy
GAO-13-762T: Published: Jul 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2013.
In April 2010, GAO reported that intellectual property (IP) is an important component of the U.S. economy and IP-related industries contribute a significant percentage to the U.S. gross domestic product. IP-related industries also pay significantly higher wages than other industries and contribute to a higher standard of living in the United States. Ensuring the protection of IP rights encourages...
Grants Performance: Justice and FEMA Collect Performance Data for Selected Grants, but Action Needed to Validate FEMA Performance Data
GAO-13-552: Published: Jun 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2013.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides detailed guidance in Circular No. A-11 for the agency goal development and the performance data verification and validation processes. OMB Circular No. A-11 directs agencies to have a data validation plan for performance reporting and cost-effective validation and verification techniques in place to ensure the completeness and reliability of all p...
Federal Judiciary: Efforts to Consolidate and Share Services between District and Bankruptcy Clerks' Offices
GAO-13-531: Published: Jun 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2013.
What GAO FoundFew federal judicial districts have consolidated their court clerks' offices; courts are sharing services among the clerks' offices, but the costs and benefits are unclear. Four of the 91 districts served by bankruptcy courts have consolidated the clerks' offices of the district and bankruptcy courts. Court officials in districts that are not considering consolidation told GAO that...
Bureau of Prisons: Improvements Needed in Bureau of Prisons' Monitoring and Evaluation of Impact of Segregated Housing
GAO-13-429: Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.
The overall number of inmates in the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) three main types of segregated housing units--Special Housing Units (SHU), Special Management Units (SMU), and Administrative Maximum (ADX)--increased at a faster rate than the general inmate population. Inmates may be placed in SHUs for administrative reasons, such as pending transfer to another prison, and for disciplinary reasons, su...
Elder Justice: Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-626T: Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
Older adults are being financially exploited by strangers who inundate them with mail, telephone, or Internet scams; unscrupulous financial services professionals; and untrustworthy in-home caregivers. Local law enforcement authorities in the four states GAO visited indicated that investigating and prosecuting the growing number of cases involving interstate and international mass marketing fraud-...
Office of National Drug Control Policy: Office Could Better Identify Opportunities to Increase Program Coordination
GAO-13-333: Published: Mar 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2013.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and federal agencies have not made progress toward achieving most of the goals articulated in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy (the Strategy), but are reported to be on track to implement most Strategy action items intended to support these goals. ONDCP established seven Strategy goals related to reducing illicit drug use and its consequenc...
Status of Funding, Equipment, and Training for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
GAO-13-367R: Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
State and USAID disbursed $27.2 million of INCLE, ESF, DA, and NADR funds and committed $11.1 million of FMF funds from the combined total of about $203 million allocated to support activities in CBSI partner countries from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. State and USAID used this funding for new and pre-existing programs that provide equipment, training, and other activities related to the CBSI s...
Federal Courthouses: Most Recommended New Construction Projects Do Not Qualify Under Improved Capital-Planning Process
GAO-13-523T: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The AMP process, which the judiciary has applied to about 67 percent of its courthouses, represents progress by the judiciary in aligning its capital-planning process with leading capital-planning practices, but the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects from Congress lacks transparency and key information. For example, the AMP process better aligns with leading pr...
Federal Courthouses: Recommended Construction Projects Should Be Evaluated under New Capital- Planning Process
GAO-13-263: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The Asset Management Planning (AMP) process represents progress by the federal judiciary (judiciary) in better aligning its capital-planning process with leading capitalplanning practices, but its 5-year plan for fiscal years 2014 to 2018--the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects--lacks transparency and key information on how projects qualify for new construction...