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This paper analyzes new data from the 2009 National Financial Capability Study. This survey provides information to assess how American households make financial decisions, how they are faring under current economic conditions, and in what ways financial knowledge contributes to financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
In response to a mandate in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, this report addresses (1) what is known about which methods and strategies are effective for improving financial literacy, and (2) the feasibility of a process for certifying financial literacy providers. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This testimony discusses (1) the state of the federal government’s approach to financial literacy, (2) observations on overall strategies for addressing financial literacy, and (3) the role GAO can play in addressing and raising awareness on this issue. This testimony is based largely on prior and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Testimony
Date: 3/27/2012
This letter provides additional information about federal financial literacy activities that were addressed in two reports to Congress issued in March 2011, Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue and List of Selected Federal More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Letter
Date: 3/27/2012
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 mandated GAO to examine the relationship between fluency in the English language and financial literacy. Responding to this mandate, this report examines the extent, if any, to which individuals with limited English More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
The Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act created, in December 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Responding to the act’s mandate that GAO assess the Commission’s effectiveness, this report reviews its progress in (1) developing a national strategy; (2) developing a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
In 2003, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act created the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which comprises 20 federal agencies and which the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Office of Financial Education coordinates. Responding to a mandate in the act, GAO More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Testimony
Date: 3/27/2012
This presentation reviews the state of federal spending and discusses the role of improved financial literacy as part of a three-pronged strategy (1) Improve Financial Reporting, Public Education, and Performance Metrics (2) Strengthen Budget and Legislative Processes and Controls (3) Fundamental More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Presentation
Date: 3/27/2012
In July 28, 2004, GAO hosted a forum on the role of the federal government in improving financial literacy. Forum participants included experts in financial literacy and education from federal and state agencies, the financial industry, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. This More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Conference Proceedings
Date: 3/27/2012
GAO was asked to review (1) strategies that experts recommend retirees employ to ensure income throughout retirement, (2) choices retirees have made for managing their pension and financial assets for generating income, and (3) policy options available to ensure income throughout retirement and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012