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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role Source: Government Accountability Office The Departments of Agriculture (USDA), the Interior, Defense (DOD), and Energy (DOE) have identified thousands of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites on land they manage but do not have a complete inventory of sites, in particular, for […]

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015 Source: Government Accountability Office As of 2014, key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) resulted in the establishment of health insurance exchanges in each state and changed how insurers determined health insurance premiums. Individual market […]

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs Source: Government Accountability Office More than 80 federal programs (including 6 tax expenditures) provide aid to people with low incomes, based on GAO’s survey of relevant federal agencies. Medicaid (the largest by far), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and […]

Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits

Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits Source: Government Accountability Office The size of the contingent workforce as a proportion of the total U.S. employed labor force can range widely, depending on how it is defined. Narrower definitions generally focus on employment that is temporary, and can result in estimates of less than 5 percent. […]

Most Households Approaching Retirement Have Low Savings

Most Households Approaching Retirement Have Low Savings Source: Government Accountability Office Many retirees and workers approaching retirement have limited financial resources. About half of households age 55 and older have no retirement savings (such as in a 401(k) plan or an IRA). According to GAO’s analysis of the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, many older […]