Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Election Reform: Nine States’ Experiences Implementing Federal Requirements …

Categories: Elections/Campaigns

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06247.pdf

Describes the experiences of the nine states that did not seek waivers to delay the 2004 deadline for establishing statewide computerized voter registration lists. Two of the states created computerized registration lists for the first time, while the other seven modified or replaced existing systems. Among lessons learned was the importance of collaborating with local officials in building accurate state lists. From the Government Accountability Office.

Report on the NIH Public Access Policy

Categories: Govt Information,Headlines,Health/Medical

http://publicaccess.nih.gov/Final_Report_508_20060201.pdf

Reports to Congress on the initial results of the National Institutes of Health program to open the results of NIH-sponsored health research to public access. Fewer than 4% of an estimated 43,000 new medical research articles were deposited in the Pub Med Central database since May 2005. Concludes that the public access project may not be successful unless the deposit provision is mandatory and the time period is reduced from one year to 6 months. From the National Institutes of Health.

Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization Program: Maximizing Potential

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://darwin.nap.edu/books/0309101085/html/

Argues that the Quality Improvement Organizations, nonprofit watchdogs for quality oversight in the Medicare program, should focus on providing technical assistance for health care improvement to hospitals and physicians. The organizations have been criticized for poor performance in investigating patient complaints, lavish salaries for executives, close ties to medical providers, and not sharing the results of investigations with patients. From the Institute for Medicine.

Allergen Immunotherapy for Medicare Beneficiaries

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-00-00531.pdf

Finds that allergy therapies represent a significant Medicare financial vulnerability with 62% of the treatments not meeting program requirements resulting in $75 million dollars in improper payments. From the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning

Categories: Retirement/Social Security

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/NRTOC.html

A guide for those nearing retirement to calculate income, savings and expenses to determine what they will need and how to avoid outspending retirement assets. Complete with worksheets. From the U.S. Department of Labor

Performance Profiles of Major Energy Producers 2004

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/perfpro/0206(04).pdf

Presents a comprehensive annual financial review and analysis of the domestic and overseas operations of the 29 major U.S. based energy producing companies. From the Energy Information Administration.