Month in Review, November 2008

The Month in Review is a comprehensive list of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by GAO during the month, grouped according to topics. We assign more than one topic to a report when that makes sense. For example, a report about education for veterans will be categorized as both a Veterans report and an Education report. So, you may see the same report in more than one topic below.

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Agriculture and Food

Federal Farm Programs:

USDA Needs to Strengthen Controls to Prevent Payments to Individuals Who Exceed Income Eligibility Limits
GAO-09-67:
Published: Oct 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Financial Audit:

Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007 Schedules of Federal Debt
GAO-09-44:
Published: Nov 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2008.

Financial Audit:

IRS's Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007 Financial Statements
GAO-09-119:
Published: Nov 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2008.

Financial Audit:

Securities and Exchange Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007
GAO-09-173:
Published: Nov 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2008.

State and Local Fiscal Challenges:

Rising Health Care Costs Drive Long-term and Immediate Pressures
GAO-09-210T:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.
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Budget and Spending

Budget and Spending:

Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion
GAO-09-163R:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.

Highlights of a Forum:

Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP:
Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.

Budget and Spending:

Mandate on the Department of Defense's Contract Award Procedures for Directed Spending Items
GAO-09-113R:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

State and Local Fiscal Challenges:

Rising Health Care Costs Drive Long-term and Immediate Pressures
GAO-09-210T:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook:

September 2008 Update
GAO-09-94R:
Published: Nov 6, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2008.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Small Business Administration:

Agency Should Assess Resources Devoted to Contracting and Improve Several Processes in the 8(a) Program
GAO-09-16:
Published: Nov 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2008.
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Education

Highlights of a Forum:

Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP:
Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.
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Employment

Budget and Spending:

Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion
GAO-09-163R:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.

Highlights of a Forum:

Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP:
Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.
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Energy

Energy Efficiency:

Potential Fuel Savings Generated by a National Speed Limit Would Be Influenced by Many Other Factors
GAO-09-153R:
Published: Nov 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2008.

Energy Markets:

Nuclear Safety:

Department of Energy Needs to Strengthen Its Independent Oversight of Nuclear Facilities and Operations
GAO-09-61:
Published: Oct 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2008.

Oil and Gas Leasing:

Interior Could Do More to Encourage Diligent Development
GAO-09-74:
Published: Oct 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2008.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Budget and Spending:

Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion
GAO-09-163R:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.
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GAO Mission and Operations

GAO Mission and Operations:

Fiscal Year 2008 Performance and Accountability Report
GAO-09-1SP:
Published: Nov 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2008.
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Government Operations

Confirmation of Political Appointees:

Eliciting Nominees' Views on Management Challenges within Agencies and across Government
GAO-09-194:
Published: Nov 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.

Department of Labor:

Federal Real Property:

Government's Fiscal Exposure from Repair and Maintenance Backlogs Is Unclear
GAO-09-10:
Published: Oct 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2008.
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Health Care

Highlights of a Forum:

Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP:
Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.

Public Health and Border Security:

HHS and DHS Should Further Strengthen Their Ability to Respond to TB Incidents
GAO-09-58:
Published: Oct 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.

State and Local Fiscal Challenges:

Rising Health Care Costs Drive Long-term and Immediate Pressures
GAO-09-210T:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.
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Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security:

A Strategic Approach Is Needed to Better Ensure the Acquisition Workforce Can Meet Mission Needs
GAO-09-30:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

Department of Homeland Security:

Billions Invested in Major Programs Lack Appropriate Oversight
GAO-09-29:
Published: Nov 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.

Nonproliferation:

Northern Border Security:

Public Health and Border Security:

HHS and DHS Should Further Strengthen Their Ability to Respond to TB Incidents
GAO-09-58:
Published: Oct 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.
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Human Capital

Department of Homeland Security:

A Strategic Approach Is Needed to Better Ensure the Acquisition Workforce Can Meet Mission Needs
GAO-09-30:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

Human Capital:

Diversity in the Federal SES and Processes for Selecting New Executives
GAO-09-110:
Published: Nov 26, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2008.
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Information Technology

Health Information Technology:

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International Affairs

Foreign Assistance:

Continued Efforts Needed to Strengthen USAID's Oversight of U.S. Democracy Assistance for Cuba
GAO-09-165:
Published: Nov 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.

Foreign Assistance:

Nonproliferation:

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Justice and Law Enforcement

Bureau of Land Management:

Effective Long-Term Options Needed to Manage Unadoptable Wild Horses
GAO-09-77:
Published: Oct 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2008.

Budget and Spending:

Mandate on the Department of Defense's Contract Award Procedures for Directed Spending Items
GAO-09-113R:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

Justice and Law Enforcement:

National Applications Office Certification Review
GAO-09-105R:
Published: Nov 6, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2008.

Plan Colombia:

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National Defense

Contract Management:

DOD Developed Draft Guidance for Operational Contract Support but Has Not Met All Legislative Requirements
GAO-09-114R:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.

Defense Acquisitions:

Status of the Safety, Performance, and Reliability of the Expeditionary Fire Support System
GAO-09-189R:
Published: Nov 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2008.

Defense Acquisitions:

Defense Management:

Preliminary Observations on DOD's Plans for Developing Language and Cultural Awareness Capabilities
GAO-09-176R:
Published: Nov 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2008.

Force Structure:

Budget and Spending:

Mandate on the Department of Defense's Contract Award Procedures for Directed Spending Items
GAO-09-113R:
Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Management and Integration of DOD Efforts to Support Warfighter Needs
GAO-09-175:
Published: Nov 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2008.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Aviation and the Environment:

Bureau of Land Management:

Effective Long-Term Options Needed to Manage Unadoptable Wild Horses
GAO-09-77:
Published: Oct 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2008.

Federal Land Management:

International Environmental Oversight:

U.S. Agencies Follow Certain Procedures Required by Law, but Have Limited Impact
GAO-09-99:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.

Oil and Gas Leasing:

Interior Could Do More to Encourage Diligent Development
GAO-09-74:
Published: Oct 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2008.

Wildland Fire Management:

Interagency Budget Tool Needs Further Development to Fully Meet Key Objectives
GAO-09-68:
Published: Nov 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.
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Science and Technology

Federal Research:

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Tax Policy and Administration

Financial Audit:

IRS's Fiscal Years 2008 and 2007 Financial Statements
GAO-09-119:
Published: Nov 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2008.
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Telecommunications

Budget and Spending:

Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion
GAO-09-163R:
Published: Nov 20, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2008.
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Transportation

Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures:

Fiscal Year 2008 Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-09-90R:
Published: Nov 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2008.

Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures:

Fiscal Year 2008 Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-09-91R:
Published: Nov 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2008.

Aviation and the Environment:

Highway Safety Improvement Program:

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Worker and Family Assistance

Highlights of a Forum:

Ensuring Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children and Families
GAO-09-18SP:
Published: Nov 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2008.
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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Advant-EDGE Solutions, Inc.
B-400367.2,
Nov 12, 2008

Asia Resource Partners K.K.
B-400552,
Nov 5, 2008

Bay Area Travel, Inc.; Cruise Ventures, Inc.; Tzell-AirTrak Travel Group, Inc.
B-400442,B-400442.2,B-400442.3,B-400547,B-400547.2,B-400547.3,B-,
Nov 5, 2008

Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, Inc.
B-311000.2,B-311000.3,B-311000.4,
Nov 10, 2008

CCITE/SC
B-400782,
Nov 21, 2008

Celadon Laboratories, Inc.--Costs
B-298533.2,
Nov 7, 2008

Coffman Specialties, Inc.
B-400706.2,
Nov 12, 2008

Coronet Machinery Corporation--Costs
B-400197.2,
Nov 18, 2008

K-Mar Industries, Inc.
B-400487,
Nov 3, 2008

Major Contracting Services, Inc.
B-400616,
Nov 20, 2008

Maryland State Department of Education
B-400583,B-400583.2,
Nov 7, 2008

Nordic Air, Inc.
B-400540,
Nov 26, 2008

Quality Software Services, Inc.
B-400206.2,
Nov 19, 2008

Sallie Mae, Inc.
B-400486,
Nov 21, 2008

Smart Data Solutions, LLC
B-400454.3,
Nov 21, 2008

Smart Innovative Solutions
B-400323.3,
Nov 19, 2008

Smith & Wesson, Inc.
B-400479,
Nov 20, 2008

Triple Canopy, Inc.
B-400437,
Nov 13, 2008

Velos Inc.; OmniComm Systems, Inc.; PercipEnz Technologies, Inc.
B-400500,B-400500.2,B-400500.3,B-400500.4,B-400500.5,B-400500.6,,
Nov 28, 2008

Vox Optima, LLC
B-400451,
Nov 12, 2008

VT Griffin Services, Inc.
B-299869.2,
Nov 10, 2008
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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