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FY 2013 Review of VA’s Compliance With the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act

April 21, 2014 Comments off

FY 2013 Review of VA’s Compliance With the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

Why We Did This Review
We conducted this fiscal year (FY) 2013 review to determine whether VA complied with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA). VA reported $1.1 billion in improper payments in its FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The OIG’s assessment of VA’s compliance with IPERA for FY 2013 is based on FY 2012 data as reported by VA.

Report Highlights:
FY 2013 Review of VA’s Compliance With the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act Why We Did This Review We conducted this fiscal year (FY) 2013 review to determine whether VA complied with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA). VA reported $1.1 billion in improper payments in its FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The OIG’s assessment of VA’s compliance with IPERA for FY 2013 is based on FY 2012 data as reported by VA. What We Found VA met five IPERA requirements for FY 2013 by publishing a PAR, performing risk assessments, publishing improper payment estimates, providing information on corrective action plan s, and reporting on its payment recapture efforts. VA also implemented a new risk assessment process in FY 2013 across all of its programs.

VA did not comply with two of seven IPERA requirements for FY 2013. The Veterans Health Admi nistration reported a gross improper payment ra te of greater than 10 percent for one program and did not meet reduction targets for two programs. This represents an improvement over FY 2012 when VA did not comply with four of the seven IPERA requirements.

Nonetheless, we identified areas for improvement in the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) IPERA reporting. VBA underreported improper payments for its Compensation program. Test procedures for the Compensation program and one Education program also did not include steps needed to identify all types of improper payments.

What We Recommended
We recommended the Under Secretary for Health implement the corrective action plan included in the PAR to reduce improper payments for the State Home Per Diem program, and develop achievable reduction targets for that and Beneficiary Travel programs. We also recommended the Under Secretary for Benefits ensure thorough procedures for testing sample items used to estimate improper payments for the Compensation and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill programs.

Agency Comments
The Under Secretary for Health concurred with Recommendations 1 and 2. We closed Recommendation 2 based on the actions already completed.

The Under Secretary for Benefits partially concurred with Recommendation 3, citing completed actions to enhance Compensation program testing. The Under Secretary did not agree with a need to change the current Education test plan, but proposed an acceptable alternative analysis to determine risk in Education payments. We will follow up on implementation of this action during our next annual IPERA review.

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Employment Services and Supports Available to Veterans with Disabilities Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies

April 19, 2014 Comments off

Employment Services and Supports Available to Veterans with Disabilities Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies (PDF)
Source: Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy

The number of military personnel incurring disability in current military conflicts is the highest in over three decades. Since 2001, over 1.6 million service members, Reservists, and National Guard have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Middle Eastern nations. As noted by Lew et al. (2007), advances in medical innovations and body armor have enabled 90 percent of soldiers to survive injuries that would have likely been fatal in previous wars, but many service personnel survive with serious physical and psychological injuries.

The Federal government has recently responded to the growing number of service members with disabilities in several ways. President Obama has signed executive orders to improve federal government hiring of veterans and to require federal agencies to contract with veteran owned agencies. The 2011 American Jobs Act added tax credits to employers hiring veterans with service co nnected disabilities. That same year, the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act was passed and signed into law . The VOW Act provides additional tax credit and training funds for unemployed veterans to prepare them for employment.

Many federal agencies will be involved in the implementation of these initiatives. Employment services and supports for veterans with disabilities is primarily provided by the VA, but the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Labor (DoL) also operate program s specifically targeting veterans with disabilities. Veterans also access other employment service programs that target all individuals with disabilities or persons in need specialized support to obtain employment.

T his report provides an overview of Federally – funded employment services and supports that can be accessed by veterans with disabilities, including those designed to meet the needs of the disabled veteran population specifically, the veteran population in general, and the disability population in general. The purpose is to present a comprehensive cataloging and review of all employment resources of which veterans with disabilities could access in pursuit of wage and self – employment.

Barriers to Psychiatric Care among Military and Veteran Populations in the US: The Effect of Stigma and Prejudice on Psychological and Pharmacological Treatment

April 18, 2014 Comments off

Barriers to Psychiatric Care among Military and Veteran Populations in the US: The Effect of Stigma and Prejudice on Psychological and Pharmacological Treatment
Source: International Journal of Advances in Psychology

This paper addresses the importance of understanding veterans’ individual beliefs and the effects of stigma on pharmacological and psychological treatment among active military personnel and veterans. The discussion can assist treating clinicians in reducing barriers to treatment and increasing compliance with effective psychological and pharmacological interventions for this population. The author has conducted more than 3000 interviews with veterans from World War II (WWII), the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who applied for service connected Veterans Administration compensation due to mental health conditions. A summary of the responses from veterans regarding their reaction to psychiatric treatment is given and compared to the findings of other provided preliminary studies regarding the effect of individual beliefs and stigma on treatment compliance.

New From the GAO

April 9, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Projects Initiated during Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012. GAO-14-280R, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-280R

2. Mine Safety: Basis for Proposed Exposure Limit on Respirable Coal Mine Dust and Possible Approaches for Lowering Dust Levels. GAO-14-345, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-345
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662411.pdf

Testimonies

1. Health Care Workforce: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections, by Linda T. Kohn, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. GAO-14-510T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-510T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662392.pdf

2. VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access Problems That May Delay Needed Medical Care for Veterans, by Debra A. Draper, director, health care, before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-509T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-509T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662396.pdf

3. Social Security Disability Programs: SSA Could Take Steps to Improve Its Assessment of Continued Eligibility, by Daniel Bertoni, director, education, workforce, and income security, before the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-14-492T, April 9.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-492T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662399.pdf

CRS — Military Funeral Honors and Military Cemeteries: Frequently Asked Questions

April 8, 2014 Comments off

Military Funeral Honors and Military Cemeteries: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via University of North Texas Digital Library)

This report is written in response to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about military funeral honors and military cemeteries. It provides information on the eligibility criteria, required components of the honor detail, and the funeral ceremony. It also cites legislation that mandates that the Department of Defense (DOD) make military funeral honors available to every eligible veteran upon request. This report will be updated as needed. For related reading, see CRS Report R41386, Veterans’ Benefits: Burial Benefits and National Cemeteries, by Christine Scott.

CRS — Reducing Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Military Retirees and the Bipartisan Budget Act: In Brief

April 8, 2014 Comments off

Reducing Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Military Retirees and the Bipartisan Budget Act: In Brief (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via University of North Texas Digital Library)

In addition to raising budget caps in FY2014 and FY2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) reduced the cost of living adjustments (COLAs) provided to working-age military retirees under the age of 62 from the full Consumer Price Index (CPI) to the CPI less 1%. Military retirees would then receive a “bump-up” at age 62 that would raise their benefit level to an amount that included full rather than partial CPI adjustments for each year below the age of 62. This new benefit level would then be increased for full CPI adjustments in later years. According to CBO, this change would save the Department of Defense $6.235 billion over the decade.

This CPI adjustment in the BBA originally applied to nearly all military retirees including those receiving military disability benefits, as well as those receiving survivors benefits. In response to concerns about potential effects, Congress restored full CPI COLA adjustments for disabled military retirees and survivors in the FY2014 Omnibus (H.R. 3547/P.L. 113-76) signed by the President on January 17, 2014. Several bills have recently been introduced that would reverse the COLA decrease for nondisabled military retirees as well. Although the reduced COLAs do not go into effect until December 1, 2015, some Members have called for action sooner.

Many of today’s nondisabled retired military are 62 or older, so the COLA adjustments in the BBA will not affect them. Most nondisability retirees under age 62 would be affected, with the greatest effect on recently retired and future nondisablity military retirees, who could face reduced COLAs for 20 years or more. As a point of comparison, had disabled retirees continued to face these adjustments, the effect would have been larger because they tend to retire younger and thus would have faced COLA reductions for more years.

CRS — Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (updated)

April 7, 2014 Comments off

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via University of North Texas Digital Library)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), operates the nation’s largest integrated health care delivery system, provides care to approximately 5.75 million unique veteran patients, and employs more than 270,000 full-time equivalent employees.

New From the GAO

April 2, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Report

1. Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve the Reliability and Transparency of Reported Investment Information. GAO-14-298, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-298
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662231.pdf

Testimonies

1. Information Security: Federal Agencies Need to Enhance Responses to Data Breaches, by Gregory C. Wilshusen, director, information security issues, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-14-487T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-487T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662228.pdf

2. Veterans’ Health Care: Oversight of Tissue Product Safety, by Marcia Crosse, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-463T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-463T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662225.pdf

3. Missile Defense: Mixed Progress in Achieving Acquisition Goals and Improving Accountability, by Cristina T. Chaplain, director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Senate Committee on Armed Services. GAO-14-481T, April 2.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-481T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662252.pdf

Audit of VHA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

April 2, 2014 Comments off

Audit of VHA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

At the request of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, we conducted this audit to determine if the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grantees appropriately expended program funds. In December 2010, VA established the SSVF program to rapidly re-house homeless veteran families and prevent homelessness for those at imminent risk due to a housing crisis. For fiscal years (FYs) 2012 and 2013, the VHA awarded about $60 million and $100 million in SSVF grants, respectively, and has increased awards to nearly $300 million for FY 2014. We found that VHA’s SSVF program has adequate financial controls in place that are working as intended to provide reasonable assurance that funds are appropriately expended by grantees. We determined program staff were reviewing grantee timecards, invoices for temporary financial assistance, subcontractor costs, and conducted annual inspections. However, SSVF program officials can improve controls to ensure only eligible veterans and their family members participate in the program. We found three of five grantees used outdated area median income (AMI) limits to determine eligibility for the program. In addition, four of five grantees did not verify veterans’ discharge status with the required “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” (DD 214). This occurred because some grantees were not aware when new AMI limits were published. To avoid delaying program participation, grantees did not always follow up to ensure receipt of the required DD 214 when an interim eligibility document was used. As a result, VHA risks providing SSVF services to ineligible veterans or excluding eligible veterans from the program. We recommended the Under Secretary for Health ensure SSVF program management implements a mechanism to inform grantees when the most current AMI limits are published and ensure grantees comply with eligibility documentation requirements. The Under Secretary for Health concurred with our recommendations and provided an appropriate action plan. We consider the SSVF program actions sufficient and closed the recommendations as completed.

After the Wars: Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans

March 30, 2014 Comments off

After the Wars: Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

This partnership poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores the views and experiences of adults who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars as members of the U.S. military in the period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The majority of veterans of these conflicts say that Americans appreciate their service and that gestures of support are genuine, but many report a number of challenges, including economic struggles, worse physical and mental health than prior to their engagement, and feeling disconnected from civilian life. The survey also includes findings on attitudes towards the government and the military, views on women serving in combat roles, and insight into the physical and mental toll the war has taken on these soldiers.

Student Veterans of America Releases Findings from the Million Records Project

March 27, 2014 Comments off

SVA Releases Findings from the Million Records Project
Source: Student Veterans of America

A Student Veterans of America (SVA) report combining data on U.S. college degree attainment with information on veterans who have used Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits shows that 51.7 percent have received a postsecondary degree or certificate, a completion rate similar to traditional college students, and greater than other nontraditional students.

Employment Situation of Veterans – 2013

March 20, 2014 Comments off

Employment Situation of Veterans – 2013
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001–a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans–edged down to 9.0 percent in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. Twenty-nine percent of Gulf War-era II veterans reported having a service-connected disability in August 2013, compared with 15 percent of all veterans.

Supporting the Troops: The TRICARE Quagmire

March 12, 2014 Comments off

Supporting the Troops: The TRICARE Quagmire
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis

TRICARE, the military health insurance program run by the Department of Defense, has a well-deserved reputation for inadequate quality at an exorbitant public cost. Drastic changes to this program are needed to ensure access to health care for 9.6 million active-duty service members, National Guardsmen and Reservists, retired service members (age 60 and above), survivors and their families.

Through a variety of programs, TRICARE offers three types of health care plans: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) and fee-for-service, each with different deductibles, premiums and copays.

CFPB — Complaints received from servicemembers, veterans, and their families

March 7, 2014 Comments off

Complaints received from servicemembers, veterans, and their families (PDF)
Source: Consumer Financial Protection Board
From blog post:

14,100. Sounds like a random number, doesn’t it? But to us, 14,100 represents the number of servicemembers, veterans and their family members whose stories have come to us through their consumer complaints.

I emphasize the word “stories” because each complaint is much more than a case number. Behind those case numbers are servicemembers with questions about mortgages, military spouses seeking to invoke consumer legal protections on behalf of their deployed spouse, veterans desperately fighting scams that threaten to steal their retirement income, and many more members of the military community with compelling, sometimes heartbreaking, real-life stories.

In the Snapshot of complaints received from servicemembers, veterans, and their families that we’re releasing today, you’ll find the types and trends of military consumer complaints that the CFPB has handled since opening our doors in July 2011. We have received complaints from all 50 states and from all branches and ranks of the military. Our complaint volume increased 148 percent from 2012 to 2013 as we spread the word about the resources that we provide to the military community. Mortgages continue to top the cumulative volume of complaints handled to date.

However, newer categories of complaints we began accepting last year, such as debt collection and payday loans, have climbed steadily and now factor prominently into our complaint totals. In fact, since we began taking debt collection complaints in July 2013, debt collection has quickly become the highest volume complaint category for military consumers over the last seven months. Within the report you will find a breakdown of the complaints by product as well as the top issues within each product for military consumers.

New From the GAO

March 6, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration and Oversight of Veterans’ Millennium Act Emergency Care Benefit. GAO-14-175, March 6.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-175
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661405.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/661389

2. Electronic Health Record Programs: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care. GAO-14-207, March 6.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-207
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661402.pdf

3. Nuclear Nonproliferation: Stronger Planning and Evaluation Needed for Radiological Security Zone Pilot Project. GAO-14-209, March 6.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-209
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661394.pdf

4. 2013 Sequestration: Agencies Reduced Some Services and Investments, While Taking Certain Actions to Mitigate Effects. GAO-14-244, March 6.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-244
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661445.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/661235

AMTA Releases White Paper on Music Therapy & Military

March 6, 2014 Comments off

AMTA Releases White Paper on Music Therapy & Military
Source: American Music Therapy Association

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) announces the publication of Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy. This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans.

The music therapy profession’s rich, enduring contributions to readiness, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness among America’s military populations are explored. The white paper presents exemplary model programs and highlights the strong foundation of published research and evidence to inform practice. This information provides the groundwork to improve access to music therapy services among military populations and inform strategic plans for expanded and prioritized implementation of music therapy programs, research, and practice policy in the military.

New From the GAO

March 5, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Workforce Investment Act: Strategies Needed to Improve Certain Training Outcome Data. GAO-14-137, January 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-137
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660598.pdf

2. Transitioning Veterans: Improved Oversight Needed to Enhance Implementation of Transition Assistance Program. GAO-14-144, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-144
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661362.pdf

3. International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed. GAO-14-277, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-277
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661356.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/661384

Testimonies

1. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: Introducing Competition into National Security Space Launch Acquisitions, by Cristina Chaplain, director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Defense, Senate Committee on Appropriations. GAO-14-259T, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-259T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661339.pdf

2. Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request: U.S. Government Accountability Office, by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, before the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, House Committee on Appropriations. GAO-14-403T, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-403T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661342.pdf

3. Retirement Security: Trends in Marriage, Work, and Pensions May Increase Vulnerability for Some Retirees, by Barbara D. Bovbjerg, managing director, education, workforce, and income security, before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. GAO-14-272T, March 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-272T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661376.pdf

CRS — Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs (updated)

March 5, 2014 Comments off

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Veterans’ employment outcomes in the civilian labor market are an issue of ongoing congressional interest. This report offers introductory data on veterans’ performance in the civilian labor market as well as a discussion of veteran-targeted federal programs that provide employment-related benefits and services.

Services and Support Programs for Military Service Members and Veterans at Postsecondary Institutions, 2012-13

February 28, 2014 Comments off

Services and Support Programs for Military Service Members and Veterans at Postsecondary Institutions, 2012-13
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This report provides descriptive national data on the prevalence and characteristics of services and support programs for military service members and veterans at postsecondary institutions in the United States. The study presented in this report collected information for the 12-month 2012–13 academic year from postsecondary institutions on the services and programs offered to all military service members and veterans enrolled for credit, and dependents receiving military or veteran’s financial education benefits.

New From the GAO

February 28, 2014 Comments off

New From the GAO
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. School Lunch: Implementing Nutrition Changes Was Challenging and Clarification of Oversight Requirements Is Needed. GAO-14-104, January 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-104
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660426.pdf

2. Defense Transportation: DOD Can Better Ensure That Federal Agencies Fully Reimburse for Using Military Aircraft. GAO-14-189, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-189
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661196.pdf

3. Electronic Health Records: VA and DOD Need to Support Cost and Schedule Claims, Develop Interoperability Plans, and Improve Collaboration. GAO-14-302, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-302
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661207.pdf

4. Financial Audit: U.S. Government’s Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements. GAO-14-319R, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-319R

Testimonies

1. VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: Further Program Management Improvements Are Needed, by Daniel Bertoni, director, education, workforce and income security, before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-14-363T, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-363T

2. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Observations on DHS Efforts to Identify, Prioritize, Assess, and Inspect Chemical Facilities, by Stephen L. Caldwell, director, homeland security and justice, before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-14-365T, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-365T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661180.pdf

3. Internet Pharmacies: Most Rogue Sites Operate from Abroad, and Many Sell Counterfeit Drugs, by Marcia Crosse, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Energy and Commerce. GAO-14-386T, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-386T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661178.pdf

4. Oil And Gas Management: Continued Attention to Interior’s Human Capital Challenges Is Needed, by Frank Rusco, director, natural resources and environment, before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources. GAO-14-394T, February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-394T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661173.pdf

Press Release

1. U.S. Government’s 2013 Financial Report Reflects Continuing Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges. February 27.
http://www.gao.gov/press/challenges_governments2013financial_report.htm

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