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GAO Reports – Aquatic Invasive Species, IRS Whistleblower Program, K-12 Education, Nursing Home Quality, Transportation Infrastructure

  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Additional Steps Could Help Measure Federal Progress in Achieving Strategic Goals, GAO-16-49: Published: Nov 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Aquatic invasive species—harmful, nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms living in aquatic habitats—damage ecosystems or threaten commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities.”
  • IRS Whistleblower Program: Billions Collected, but Timeliness and Communication Concerns May Discourage Whistleblowers, GAO-16-20: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Tax whistleblowers who report on the underpayment of taxes by others have helped IRS collect almost $2 billion in additional revenue since 2011, when the first high-dollar claim was paid under the expanded program that pays qualifying whistleblowers a minimum of 15 percent of the collected proceeds…”
  • K-12 Education: Federal Funding for and Characteristics of Public Schools with Extended Learning Time, GAO-16-141: Published: Nov 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “The Department of Education (Education) primarily supports extended learning time for K-12 public schools through the School Improvement Grants program (SIG). The SIG program, with an average 3-year grant of $2.6 million, is the only Education program that provides funds specifically to establish extended learning time in schools, according to Education.”
  • Nursing Home Quality: CMS Should Continue to Improve Data and Oversight, GAO-16-33: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Nationally, one of the four data sets—consumer complaints—suggests that consumers’ concerns over quality have increased, while the other three data sets—deficiencies, staffing levels, and clinical quality measures—indicate potential improvement in nursing home quality.”
  • Transportation Infrastructure: Information on Bridge Conditions, GAO-16-72R: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015: “Bridge safety remains a high-priority issue for the nation’s transportation system. Despite recent progress in improving bridge conditions, 10 percent of the nation’s 610,000 bridges were considered structurally deficient as of December 2014, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) NBI.”

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