ERIC Number: ED362333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Health and Human Services Issues. United States General Accounting Office Transition Series.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Discussing major policy, management, and program issues facing Congress and the Clinton administration in the area of health and human services, this pamphlet provides recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the social security system, the welfare system, preventing child abuse, and safeguarding the nation's food supply. Following an overview of important issues facing the nation, the second section suggests steps to bolster public confidence in the social security system, including building the system's trust fund by increasing contribution levels and modernizing computer systems. The next section provides recommendations for continuing the welfare reform movement and the implementation of the Family Support Act, such as developing automated data systems to effectively manage caseloads, setting goal-oriented program performance standards, and identifying and sharing effective initiatives between states. The fourth section suggests that HHS provide states with greater flexibility in using government funds to prevent child abuse through early intervention and that a national foster care system be developed to provide outcome-oriented data on child welfare services. The final section proposes that an agency-wide system for tracking regulation development be implemented in the Food and Drug Administration to improve agency effectiveness and better allocate existing resources. Includes references for 22 related GAO products. (BCY)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Data Collection, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Food and Drug Inspectors, Human Services, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, Social Problems, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First copy free; additional copies, $2 each).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Department of Health and Human Services; Family Support Act 1988; Policy Issues; Social Security