Month in Review, December 2007

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Auditing and Financial Management

A Call For Stewardship:

Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP:
Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Agreed-Upon Procedures:

Senate Office of Public Records Revolving Fund, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
GAO-08-201R:
Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.

Bankruptcy:

Implementation of Reform Act's Debt Reaffirmation Agreement Provisions
GAO-08-94:
Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.

DOD Travel Improper Payments:

Fiscal Year 2006 Reporting Was Incomplete and Planned Improvement Efforts Face Challenges
GAO-08-16:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.

Government Auditing Standards:

Auditing and Financial Management:

Improper Payments:

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Cost Estimates Have Increased and Are Likely to Continue to Evolve
GAO-08-159:
Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Auditing and Financial Management:

Responses to Posthearing Questions Related to Improving Single Audit Quality
GAO-08-318R:
Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.
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Budget and Spending

Budget Issues:

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Organizational Transformation:

Implementing Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer Positions in Federal Agencies
GAO-08-322T:
Published: Dec 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2007.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Securities and Exchange Commission:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Self-Regulatory Organizations
GAO-08-33:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Telecommunications:

Preliminary Information on Media Ownership
GAO-08-330R:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2007.
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Economic Development

A Call For Stewardship:

Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP:
Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Natural Disasters:

Public Policy Options for Changing the Federal Role in Natural Catastrophe Insurance
GAO-08-7:
Published: Nov 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2007.

Tax Compliance:

Some Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Assistance Recipients Have Unpaid Federal Taxes
GAO-08-101R:
Published: Nov 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
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Education

DOD Schools:

Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia
GAO-08-70:
Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2007.

Higher Education:

Tuition Continues to Rise, but Patterns Vary by Institution Type, Enrollment, and Educational Expenditures
GAO-08-245:
Published: Nov 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
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Employment

A Call For Stewardship:

Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP:
Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.
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Equal Opportunity

Veterans' Benefits:

Improved Operational Controls and Management Data Would Enhance VBA's Disability Reevaluation Process
GAO-08-75:
Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Securities and Exchange Commission:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Self-Regulatory Organizations
GAO-08-33:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
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Government Operations

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Internal Control Deficiencies Resulted in Millions of Dollars of Questionable Contract Payments
GAO-08-54:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2007.

Continuity of Operations:

Selected Agencies Tested Various Capabilities during 2006 Governmentwide Exercise
GAO-08-185:
Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2007.

Information Technology:

Census Bureau Needs to Improve Its Risk Management of Decennial Systems
GAO-08-259T:
Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.

Organizational Transformation:

Implementing Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer Positions in Federal Agencies
GAO-08-34:
Published: Nov 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Organizational Transformation:

Implementing Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer Positions in Federal Agencies
GAO-08-322T:
Published: Dec 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2007.

Postal Service and Mailing Industry Mail-Related Recycling:

Accomplishments and Postal Opportunities--Interim Results
GAO-08-348R:
Published: Dec 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2007.

Smithsonian Institution:

Status of Efforts to Address a Range of Funding and Governance Challenges
GAO-08-250T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Toxic Chemical Releases:

Survey of State Toxics Release Inventory Coordinators (GAO-08-129SP), an E-supplement to GAO-08-128
GAO-08-129SP:
Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

U.S. Postal Service Facilities:

Improvements in Data Would Strengthen Maintenance and Alignment of Access to Retail Services
GAO-08-41:
Published: Dec 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2007.
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Health Care

A Call For Stewardship:

Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP:
Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Internal Control Deficiencies Resulted in Millions of Dollars of Questionable Contract Payments
GAO-08-54:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2007.

Indian Health Service:

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives
GAO-08-90:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.

Military Health Care:

Cost Data Indicate That TRICARE Reserve Select Premiums Exceeded the Costs of Providing Program Benefits
GAO-08-104:
Published: Dec 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.

Plum Island Animal Disease Center:

State Children's Health Insurance Program:

VA Health Care:

Many Medical Facilities Have Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Nurse Anesthetists
GAO-08-56:
Published: Dec 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2007.
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Homeland Security

Plum Island Animal Disease Center:

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Housing

Rental Housing:

Information on Low-Income Veterans' Housing Conditions and Participation in HUD's Programs
GAO-08-324T:
Published: Dec 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2007.
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Information Technology

Information Technology:

Census Bureau Needs to Improve Its Risk Management of Decennial Systems
GAO-08-259T:
Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
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International Affairs

Economic Sanctions:

Agencies Face Competing Priorities in Enforcing the U.S. Embargo on Cuba
GAO-08-80:
Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2007.

Improper Payments:

International Trade:

Rebuilding Iraq:

International Donor Pledges for Reconstruction Efforts in Iraq
GAO-08-365R:
Published: Dec 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2007.

Stabilization and Reconstruction:

The Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Systematic Assessment Is Needed to Determine Agencies' Progress toward U.S. Policy Objectives
GAO-08-188:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

A Call For Stewardship:

Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges
GAO-08-93SP:
Published: Dec 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Bankruptcy:

Implementation of Reform Act's Debt Reaffirmation Agreement Provisions
GAO-08-94:
Published: Dec 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2007.

Organizational Transformation:

Implementing Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer Positions in Federal Agencies
GAO-08-34:
Published: Nov 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Plum Island Animal Disease Center:

Securities and Exchange Commission:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Self-Regulatory Organizations
GAO-08-33:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Tax Compliance:

Federal Grant and Direct Assistance Recipients Who Abuse the Federal Tax System
GAO-08-31:
Published: Nov 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Status of the Expeditionary Fire Support System
GAO-08-331R:
Published: Dec 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2007.

DOD Schools:

Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia
GAO-08-70:
Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2007.

DOD Travel Improper Payments:

Fiscal Year 2006 Reporting Was Incomplete and Planned Improvement Efforts Face Challenges
GAO-08-16:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.

Force Structure:

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Cost Estimates Have Increased and Are Likely to Continue to Evolve
GAO-08-159:
Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T:
Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Military Base Realignments and Closures:

Veterans' Benefits:

Improved Operational Controls and Management Data Would Enhance VBA's Disability Reevaluation Process
GAO-08-75:
Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Coastal Wetlands:

Lessons Learned from Past Efforts in Louisiana Could Help Guide Future Restoration and Protection
GAO-08-130:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.

Maritime Transportation:

Major Oil Spills Occur Infrequently, but Risks Remain
GAO-08-357T:
Published: Dec 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2007.

Toxic Chemical Releases:

EPA Actions Could Reduce Environmental Information Available to Many Communities
GAO-08-128:
Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.

Toxic Chemical Releases:

Survey of State Toxics Release Inventory Coordinators (GAO-08-129SP), an E-supplement to GAO-08-128
GAO-08-129SP:
Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.
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Retirement Security

Private Pensions:

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Space

Improper Payments:

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Tax Policy and Administration

Tax Administration:

Costs and Uses of Third-Party Information Returns
GAO-08-266:
Published: Nov 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2007.

Tax Administration:

Tax Compliance:

Federal Grant and Direct Assistance Recipients Who Abuse the Federal Tax System
GAO-08-31:
Published: Nov 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

Tax Compliance:

Some Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Assistance Recipients Have Unpaid Federal Taxes
GAO-08-101R:
Published: Nov 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
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Telecommunications

Digital Television Transition:

Increased Federal Planning and Risk Management Could Further Facilitate the DTV Transition
GAO-08-43:
Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.

Telecommunications:

Preliminary Information on Media Ownership
GAO-08-330R:
Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2007.
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Transportation

Air Traffic Control:

Aviation Runway and Ramp Safety:

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Veterans

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Actions Needed to Strengthen VA's Foreclosed Property Management Contractor Oversight
GAO-08-60:
Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.

VA Health Care:

Many Medical Facilities Have Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Nurse Anesthetists
GAO-08-56:
Published: Dec 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2007.

Veterans' Benefits:

Improved Operational Controls and Management Data Would Enhance VBA's Disability Reevaluation Process
GAO-08-75:
Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Blane International Group, Inc.
B-310329,
Dec 13, 2007

Command Management Services, Inc.
B-310261,B-310261.2,
Dec 14, 2007

Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
B-310553,
Dec 27, 2007

Cornell Companies, Inc.
B-310548,
Dec 3, 2007

D&J Enterprises, Inc.
B-310442,
Dec 13, 2007

Done Right Building Services, Inc.
B-310568,
Dec 17, 2007

Engineered Electric Company d/b/a/ DRS Fermont
B-295126.5,B-295126.6,
Dec 7, 2007

Engineering Construction Services, Inc.
B-310311.2,
Dec 12, 2007

Essan Metallix Corporation
B-310357,
Dec 7, 2007

Global Solutions Network, Inc.
B-298682.2,
Dec 10, 2007

KAR Contracting, LLC
B-310454;B-310537,
Dec 19, 2007

Nilson Van & Storage, Inc.
B-310485,
Dec 10, 2007

Pemco Aeroplex, Inc.
B-310372,
Dec 27, 2007

Qualicon Corporation
B-309989.2,
Dec 3, 2007

Recon Optical, Inc.
B-310436,B-310436.2,
Dec 27, 2007

RKR Joint Venture, LLC--Costs
B-299856.2,
Dec 7, 2007

Safety Storage, Inc.
B-299901.2,
Dec 3, 2007

Sunrise Medical HHG, Inc.
B-310230,
Dec 12, 2007

Team BOS/Naples-Gemmo S.p.A./DelJen
B-298865.3,
Dec 28, 2007
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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