Financial institutions offer medical credit cards through participating providers to pay for services not covered by health insurance. These services may include dental and cosmetic procedures, or veterinary care.
Hear our latest podcast with Cindy Brown Barnes, a director in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team, who led a recent look at the marketplace for medical credit cards.
July 23, 2014
Tagged credit card, expenses, financial institutions, financial services, financing, GAO, HC, health care, medical, medical credit card, medical expenses, podcast, usgao
Here at GAO, we strive for accountability, integrity, and reliability in the work we do, but the way we do it evolves with time. As the month of July marks GAO’s 93rd anniversary, we thought we would share a few snapshots of GAO’s office culture over the years. Continue reading
In a new report, we assessed the Department of Defense’s (DOD) actions to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the challenges of climate change. While it’s not possible to link any individual weather event to climate change, these events provide insight into potential climate-related vulnerabilities. Continue reading
On July 4th, Americans celebrate our country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which expressed the ideals of political and individual freedom upon which our country and government were founded. We at GAO uphold these ideals as we work to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to maximize the federal government’s benefits to the American public.
GAO’s mission and core values are centered on providing information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced. Therefore, we adhere to an additional kind of independence: All GAO employees working on audits must be capable of providing objective and impartial judgment, and maintain both independence of mind and independence in appearance. Continue reading
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Although the 2020 Census is about 6 years away, preparations are well under way. The Census Bureau has designated today as Census Day 2014, as the Bureau is conducting its first significant test of the methods and technologies it’s considering for the 2020 Census.
We have often reported on lessons learned from the 2010 Census, and on what steps the Bureau can take to control costs while maintaining accuracy for the 2020 Census. The U.S. population is growing steadily larger, more diverse, increasingly difficult to find, and reluctant to participate in the census. Due in part to these factors, the traditional approach of mailing paper questionnaires and following up in person with people who don’t respond is no longer cost effective. The cost of conducting the census has increased by more than 500 percent over the past five decades, while the mail response rate declined 15 percentage points over the same period. Continue reading
July 1, 2014
Tagged 2020, 2020 Census, cost-effective, demographics, federal management, IT, management, National Water Census, planning, population, scheduling, SI, technology, US Census Bureau
GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Health Care team, which supports congressional oversight of federal agencies responsible for health care delivery and financing. These programs tangibly affect the lives of all Americans. Expenditures on federal health care programs represent about a quarter of all federal spending each year. Ensuring that these programs provide access to quality care, protect the public, and remain fiscally sustainable is one of the greatest challenges facing Congress and the President in the 21st century. Continue reading
June 27, 2014
Tagged Affordable Care Act, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, HC, health, health care, health insurance, HHS, Medicaid, medicare, medicine, military, military health care, mission team, PPACA, prescription drugs, private insurance, public health, VA, veterans
United States policy can call for U.S. personnel to be posted to high-threat, high-risk posts overseas. To maintain a presence in these locations, the Department of State has often relied on older, acquired, and temporary work facilities that do not meet the same security standards as newly constructed permanent facilities.
Hear our new podcast with Michael Courts, a director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade team who led a review of U.S. diplomatic facility security.
June 26, 2014
Tagged consulate, diplomacy, diplomatic, embassy, facility, IAT, international affairs, overseas, physical security, podcast, security, usgao