Recent GAO reports

From the Government Accountability Office (GAO):

FOSTER CARE: State Practices for Assessing Health Needs, Facilitating Service Delivery, and Monitoring Children's Care, GAO-09-26 (pdf, 58pp/944kB), Feb. 6, 2009

State child welfare programs, including foster care, are federally funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), but states are responsible for their foster children's health care, which is often financed by Medicaid. For this study, GAO reviewed policies and practices in 10 states (CA, DE, FL, IL, MA, NY, OK, TX, UT, and WA) of efforts to improve the delivery of health services. It covers state actions (1) to identify health care needs, (2) ensure delivery of appropriate health services, and (3) document and monitor the health care of children in foster care.

TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM: Status of Efforts to Address Transparency and Accountability Issues, GAO-09-296 (pdf, 112pp/2.7MB), Jan. 30, 2009

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was authorized by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Among other information, the report gives the status of $293.7 billion of TARP funds disbursed as of Jan. 23, and a timeline of programs and selected actions under TARP from Oct. 2008 to Jan. 2009. From the Highlights page:
While GAO does not question the need for swift responses in the current economic environment, the lack of a clearly articulated vision has complicated Treasury’s ability to effectively communicate to Congress, the financial markets, and the public on the benefits of TARP and has limited its ability to identify personnel needs

TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM: Status of Efforts to Address Transparency and Accountability Issues, GAO-09-359T (pdf, 13pp/176kB), Feb. 5, 2009

This is testimony by the Acting Comptroller General on the Jan. 30 report.

Update of State and Local Government Fiscal Pressures, GAO-09-320R (pdf, 8pp, 177kB) Jan. 26, 2009

This letter is an update of GAO's testimony of Nov. 19, 2008, covered in an earlier post. GAO has developed a model that simulates fiscal outcomes of state and local governments for several decades into the future. GAO's two findings: (1) Long-term fiscal challenges faced by the the state and local sector are exacerbated by the current recession, and (2) Consideration of state fiscal relief requires attention to targeting and timing of temporary assistance, specifically Medicaid.

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