Government Accountability Office News

HealthCare.Gov Better But Tech Glitches Still a Concern

Year two of Obamacare “won’t be perfect,” a top Obama administration official said as the government’s website to sell health insurance plans continues to be developed. Andy Slavitt, the principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, …

Dead Farmers Get Millions in Federal Crop Insurance Payouts

The U.S. Agriculture Department paid out $32 million in soil conservation payments and crop insurance aid to dead farmers from 2008 to 2012, congressional auditors said on Monday, calling for stricter rules to prevent improper payments. In a report, the …

U.S. Government Adds Climate Change, Weather Data Gaps to ‘High Risk’ List

Climate change and gaps in weather satellite data have been officially added to the list of high risks facing the federal government, a list that already includes the federal flood insurance program, Medicare and the Post Office. The Government Accountability …

Federal Watchdog Issues Report on Gas Pipeline Safety

Federal regulators must account for response times in the data they collect from transmission operators on natural gas pipeline incidents, a congressional watchdog agency said this week. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report that the Pipeline and …

Do Safety Incentives Discourage Workers from Reporting Injuries?

Many employers are in the dark over whether their safety incentive programs encourage or discourage the reporting of injuries and illnesses by their employees, or if they have no effect. But a new report says employers, and the federal officials …

Federal Risk Retention Law Needs Clarification: Congressional Report

The federal law governing risk retention groups should be clarified to reduce the number of disagreements between RRG managers and state regulators and to clarify the coverage RRGs may offer, a Congressional report advises. The Government Accountability Office said varying …