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GAO Reports – Tax Gap, Ford Class Aircraft Carrier, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Spent Nuclear Fuel, Tricare Pharmacy Pilot

Fiscal Outlook: Addressing Improper Payments and the Tax Gap Would Improve the Government’s Fiscal Position, GAO-16-92T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture, GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Initial ResultsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Contract Services, Great Lakes Restoration, Managing for Results, Medicare, Pension Advance Transactions

DOD Contract Services: Improvements Made to Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls, GAO-15-780: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Some Information on Projects and Progress Made Available to Congress and the Public, GAO-15-841T: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Managing for Results: Implementation of GPRAContinue Reading

Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health: consultation

“The Draft zero of the “Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health” is now open to public consultation from individuals and institutions. Please respond as soon as possible so that your comments will help develop Draft 1, which will be discussed in Geneva on 29-30 October 2015.” “Healthy Ageing” is defined as theContinue Reading

EPA Revisions to the Worker Protection Standard – Pesticides

“EPA is announcing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries….There is a clear need for better protection for farmworkers.Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

Healthcare costs unsustainable in advanced economies without reform

OECD: “Healthcare costs are rising so fast in advanced economies that they will become unaffordable by mid-century without reforms, according to a new OECD report. Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems: Bridging Health and Finance Perspectives finds that going over budget on health spending remains endemic in most OECD countries. Maintaining today’s healthcare, and funding futureContinue Reading

Creating a 21st-Century Medical Device Surveillance System

“The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing in response to public concerns about Essure, a nonsurgical, permanent female sterilization device. Since FDA approved the product in 2002, the agency has received reports on 5,093 adverse events, including six deaths. The hearing coincides with a landmark event for medical device safety: the compliance dateContinue Reading

HIV/AIDS Database Update

“The U.S. Census Bureau’s HIV/AIDS database has been updated to include new data for more than 120 nations. It is a compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. Major updates include new data for China, Nigeria, India, South Africa, and Namibia. The database focuses on HIV/AIDSContinue Reading

California Healthcare Compare Project

“In California, Consumer Reports is looking out for consumers by bringing you free healthcare cost and quality information in a graphic, easy-to-understand way. Using the tools available through our website, California Healthcare Compare, you can find the higher- and lower-performing hospitals and medical groups for childbirth, hip and knee replacement, back pain, colon cancer screening,Continue Reading

The Growing Gap in Life Expectancy by Income

“The U.S. population is aging. Social Security projections suggest that between 2013 and 2050, the population aged 65 and over will almost double, from 45 million to 86 million. One key driver of population aging is ongoing increases in life expectancy. Average U.S. life expectancy was 67 years for males and 73 years for femalesContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Student Loans, Grants Management, International Classification of Diseases, Prepositioned Stocks, Surface Transportation Security

Federal Student Loans: Education Could Do More to Help Ensure Borrowers Are Aware of Repayment and Forgiveness Options, GAO-15-663: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015. Grants Management: EPA Has Opportunities to Improve Planning and Compliance Monitoring, GAO-15-618: Published: Aug 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015. International Classification of Diseases: CMS HasContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electronic Cigarettes, Federal Spending Accountability, Medicare Part D

Electronic Cigarettes: Effect on Federal Excise Taxes Collected on Traditional Cigarettes Is Not Currently Evident, GAO-15-771: Published: Sep 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2015. Federal Spending Accountability: Preserving Capabilities of Recovery Operations Center Could Help Sustain Oversight of Federal Expenditures, GAO-15-814: Published: Sep 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2015. Medicare Part D: ChangesContinue Reading