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New From the GAO

November 20, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Individual Retirement Accounts: IRS Could Bolster Enforcement on Multimillion Dollar Accounts, but More Direction from Congress Is Needed. GAO-15-16, October 20.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-16
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666594.pdf

2. Veteran’s Disability Benefits: Improvements Could Further Enhance Quality Assurance Efforts. GAO-15-50, November 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-50
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667026.pdf

3. Consumer Product Safety Oversight: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Coordination and Increase Efficiencies and Effectiveness. GAO-15-52, November 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-52
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667040.pdf
Podcast – http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/666875

4. Intellectual Property: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Could Better Manage Its Process to Enforce Exclusion Orders. GAO-15-78, November 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-78
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667073.pdf

5. Freedom of Information Act: DHS Should Take Steps to Improve Cost Reporting and Eliminate Duplicate Processing. GAO-15-82, November 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-82
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667053.pdf

6. Defense Contractors: Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD’s Inventory of Contracted Services. GAO-15-88, November 19.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-88
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667060.pdf

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UK — Civil Service Statistics, 2014

November 10, 2014 Comments off

Civil Service Statistics, 2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key points

  • Civil Service employment on 31 March 2014 was 439,942, down 8,893 (2.0%) on 31 March 2013. On a full-time equivalent basis, Civil Service employment was 405,784, down by 8,139 (2.0%) over the same period.
  • The number of full-time civil servants fell by 7,353 to 332,692 between March 2013 and March 2014. The number of civil servants working part-time fell by 1,540 to 107,250.
  • Of those employees who declared their ethnicity, 10.1% were from an ethnic minority.
  • Of those who declared their disability status, 8.8% were disabled.
  • More than half (54.9%) of all employees leaving the Civil Service were from the Administrative responsibility level.
  • More than 80% of civil servants were aged 30-59. The number of civil servants aged 60 or above was 35,781, an increase of 1,174 from 31 March 2013. The number of civil servants aged 65 and over increased by 682 from 31 March 2013.
  • Median gross annual earnings (excluding overtime or one-off bonuses) for Civil Service employees was £24,730 as of 31 March 2014, an increase of £350 (1.5%) from 31 March 2013.

New From the GAO

October 30, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Pension Plan Valuation: Views on Using Multiple Measures to Offer a More Complete Financial Picture. GAO-14-264, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-264
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666288.pdf

2. DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Enhancements Are Needed for Army Business System Schedule and Cost Estimates to Fully Meet Best Practices. GAO-14-470, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-470
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666294.pdf

3. Federal Real Property: More Useful Information to Providers Could Improve the Homeless Assistance Program. GAO-14-739, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-739
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666258.pdf

4. VA Health Care: Management and Oversight of Consult Process Need Improvement to Help Ensure Veterans Receive Timely Outpatient Specialty Care. GAO-14-808, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-808
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666249.pdf
Podcast - http://www.gao.gov/multimedia/podcasts/666528

5. Energy Policy: Information on Federal and Other Factors Influencing U.S. Energy Production and Consumption from 2000 through 2013. GAO-14-836, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-836
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666271.pdf

6. Disability Compensation: Review of Concurrent Receipt of Department of Defense Retirement, Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation, and Social Security Disability Insurance. GAO-14-854R, September 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-854R

7. DOD Space Systems: Additional Knowledge Would Better Support Decisions about Disaggregating Large Satellites. GAO-15-7, October 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-7
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666715.pdf

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

October 23, 2014 Comments off

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools
Source: U.S. Department of Education

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.

The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring.

SSDI Reform: Promoting Gainful Employment while Preserving Economic Security

October 23, 2014 Comments off

SSDI Reform: Promoting Gainful Employment while Preserving Economic Security
Source: Cato Institute

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program faces imminent insolvency. Annual expenditures totaled $143 billion in 2013, but program receipts amounted to $111 billion—a shortfall that is projected to continue indefinitely. According to the Social Security Trustees, the program’s trust fund will be fully depleted in 2016, compelling either a large benefit cut or a large tax hike—neither option being politically popular. Regardless of the program’s insolvency, SSDI creates substantial work disincentives, causing many with medical impairments who could work to withdraw from the labor force and apply for SSDI. That undesirable outcome arises from the complicated rules and procedures that SSDI uses to establish benefit eligibility. But rectifying SSDI’s processes is a monumental task, unlikely to be accomplished in the short term.

UK — Guidance: Progress on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

September 30, 2014 Comments off

Guidance: Progress on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities
Source: Department of Health

This report shows progress against the 18 recommendations in the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities both locally and nationally.

It also recognises that more needs to be done including all local areas:

  • participating fully in the Self-Assessment Framework and act on its results
  • securing the provision of named care co-ordinators
  • ensuring reasonable adjustments are made and audited

UK — Children with special educational and complex needs: guidance for health and wellbeing boards

September 29, 2014 Comments off

Children with special educational and complex needs: guidance for health and wellbeing boards
Source: Department of Health

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new statutory requirement for local services to work together when providing care and support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new requirement, ensuring that local services are fulfilling their role and that children are getting the care they need.

From September 2014 local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and education services will be expected to collaborate when assessing, commissioning and implementing care plans for children with SEN and disabilities.

This document provides guidance and advice for HWBs on how best to oversee the implementation of changes made by the Act.

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