The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is a holiday for celebrating the economic and social contributions of the American worker. It’s also a good time to think about protecting those workers from occupational hazards. We have many federal safety and health standards to protect workers at more than 8 million U.S. worksites, but accidents at worksites are not uncommon. For example, in an 18-month period from 2006 to 2008, a dozen workers died on construction sites in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in 2013, a tragic explosion at a fertilizer storage and distribution facility in Texas killed and injured 14 people.
Excerpted from GAO-14-274
Federal and state agencies face many challenges in protecting the safety and health of the 130 million public and private sector workers across the nation. We have recommended a number of ways in which agencies can improve in this area.
Our reports on worker protection:
Excerpted from GAO-14-286
Our reports provide recommendations that can inform federal and state agency efforts to better keep our nation’s workers safe from workplace injuries and fatalities.
Hurricane season is well under way, and we’re highlighting some of our reports and resources that can help inform federal disaster management in events such as hurricanes.
2014’s first named storm, Hurricane Arthur, has already found a place in the record books. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, July 3rd—when Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina—is the earliest recorded date for a hurricane to hit North Carolina. Continue reading
August 26, 2014
Tagged disaster, disaster response, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, flood, HSJ, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes, Recovery, resources, weather
In the 2011 to 2012 school year, there were more than 1 million homeless students in the United States. The Department of Education established a grant program to help homeless students gain access to public education.
Hear our podcast with Kay Brown, a director in GAO’s Education Workforce and Income Security team, who led a recent look at oversight and implementation of the program.
Posted in About GAO, Education, Housing, Podcast
Tagged Department of Education, education, EWIS, homeless, homelessness, Kay Brown, podcast, poverty
To mark Art Appreciation Month, we’re highlighting a report that reviewed congressionally-chartered organizations, and identified some strategies that arts and cultural organizations have used to leverage non-federal resources. In June 2013, we reported on how a few of these organizations—including the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art—used partnering to: Continue reading
August 21, 2014
Tagged art, congressionally-chartered, cultural, DCPS, museums, National Gallery of Art, organizations, partnerships, public schools, public-private, QVC, SI, Smithsonian
GAO’s workforce is generally organized into 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Financial Markets and Community Investment (FMCI) team. FMCI supports Congress by helping ensure the effectiveness of regulatory oversight in financial and housing markets, and assessing the effectiveness of federal initiatives aimed at small businesses, state and local governments, and communities. Continue reading
August 19, 2014
Tagged CFPB, college debit cards, community investment, consumer protection, credit, debit cards, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Economic Development Administration, finance, financial institutions, financial markets, FMCI, housing, HUD, impact, mission team, Small Business Administration
Improper payments are always an area of concern for the federal government. These include overpayments, underpayments, payments made to ineligible recipients, or even payments that weren’t properly documented. While fraudulent payments are considered improper, not all improper payments are the result of fraud. For example, improper payments can be a result of mismanagement, errors, or fraud and abuse. For fiscal year 2013, federal agencies reported nearly $106 billion in estimated improper payments. While we don’t determine amounts of improper payments by cause, we do highlight areas of concern and make recommendations for reducing many types of improper payments, both at specific agencies and government-wide. Continue reading
August 14, 2014
Tagged abuse, agencies, auditing, CMS, consolidated financial statement, cost savings, data mining, Department of Defense, federal government, financial statements, FMA, Foster Care, fraud, improper payments, management, Medicaid, medicare, mismanagement, oversight, predictive analytics technologies, prepayment edits
As summer’s barbecues and beach days wind down, so do the experiences of a select group of graduate and undergraduate students in GAO’s Student Intern Program. We talked to some of them about their experiences. Continue reading
Have you flown recently? You might feel like your options are more limited because of trends in air service and recent airline mergers. But do you really have fewer airlines to choose from? In the last several months, GAO has reported on changes in the airline industry and their implications for consumers and communities. Continue reading
August 8, 2014
Tagged air service, airlines, amenities, American, aviation, city-pairs, commercial air traffic, competition, consumers, delays, Delta, domestic, fuel costs, mergers, reduce, rural, small airports, Southwest, Transportation, trends, United, US
With a multitude of savings options available, from IRAs to managed 401(k) accounts, ensuring you will have the money you need for your retirement can be a complex task. Join us for a live web chat on retirement security trends and issues Monday, August 4, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET.
You can send us your questions in advance via email or on Twitter using #AskGAOLive, and then tune in to the web chat for answers. Continue reading
News stories about older adults whose trusted family members or other caretakers deny them food and water, leave them to live under deplorable conditions, or physically and psychologically abuse them are all too common. Neglect and abuse can often go hand in hand with financial exploitation, which can rob older adults of the life savings and property they count on to support them in old age. Continue reading
August 1, 2014
Tagged Adult Protective Services, agencies, APS, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, consumer protection, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, elder abuse, elder financial exploitation, elderly, EWIS, federal government, guardianship, HHS, incapacitated adults, Justice, Justice Department