Month in Review, December 2011

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Auditing and Financial Management

Defense Contract Audits:

Actions Needed to Improve DCAA's Access to and Use of Defense Company Internal Audit Reports
GAO-12-88:
Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2011.

DOD Financial Management:

Ongoing Challenges with Reconciling Navy and Marine Corps Fund Balance with Treasury
GAO-12-132:
Published: Dec 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2011.

Ginnie Mae:

Risk Management and Cost Modeling Require Continuing Attention
GAO-12-49:
Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Auditing and Financial Management:

Government Auditing Standards:

2011 Revision (Supersedes GAO-07-731G) [Reissued on January 20, 2012]
GAO-12-331G:
Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Auditing and Financial Management:

Port Security Grant Program:

Risk Model, Grant Management, and Effectiveness Measures Could Be Strengthened
GAO-12-47:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.

Small Business Lending Fund:

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Accountability
GAO-12-183:
Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2011.
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Budget and Spending

Strategic Sourcing:

Office Supplies Pricing Study Had Limitations, but New Initiative Shows Potential for Savings
GAO-12-178:
Published: Dec 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2011.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Commercial Spectrum:

Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions
GAO-12-118:
Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2011.

State Small Business Credit Initiative:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Program Oversight
GAO-12-173:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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Economic Development

National Capital Region:

2010 Strategic Plan is Generally Consistent with Characteristics of Effective Strategies
GAO-12-276T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.

Vacant Properties:

Growing Number Increases Communities' Costs and Challenges
GAO-12-34:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2011.
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Education

Higher Education and Disability:

Improved Federal Enforcement Needed to Better Protect Students' Rights to Testing Accommodations
GAO-12-40:
Published: Nov 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 2011.

Postsecondary Education:

Student Outcomes Vary at For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Public Schools
GAO-12-143:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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Employment

Coast Guard:

Communication of Post-Government Employment Restriction Can Be Strengthened
GAO-12-174:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Health Care Coverage:

Job Lock and the Potential Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
GAO-12-166R:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
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Energy

Recovery Act:

Progress and Challenges in Spending Weatherization Funds
GAO-12-195:
Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2011.

Tennessee Valley Authority:

Full Consideration of Energy Efficiency and Better Capital Expenditures Planning Are Needed
GAO-12-107:
Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Ginnie Mae:

Risk Management and Cost Modeling Require Continuing Attention
GAO-12-49:
Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.
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Government Operations

Arlington National Cemetery:

Additional Actions Needed to Continue Improvements in Contract Management
GAO-12-99:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Arlington National Cemetery:

Management Improvements Made, but a Strategy Is Needed to Address Remaining Challenges
GAO-12-105:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Green Building:

Federal Initiatives for the Nonfederal Sector Could Benefit from More Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-79:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2011.

Managing for Results:

Opportunities for Congress to Address Government Performance Issues
GAO-12-215R:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2011.

National Capital Region:

2010 Strategic Plan is Generally Consistent with Characteristics of Effective Strategies
GAO-12-276T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.

National Institutes of Health:

Employment and Other Impacts Reported by NIH Recovery Act Grantees
GAO-12-32:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2011.

Recovery Act:

Progress and Challenges in Spending Weatherization Funds
GAO-12-195:
Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2011.
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Health Care

DOD Health Care:

Drug Shortages:

FDA's Ability to Respond Should Be Strengthened
GAO-12-315T:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Drug Shortages:

FDA's Ability to Respond Should Be Strengthened
GAO-12-116:
Published: Nov 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Foster Children:

HHS Guidance Could Help States Improve Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions
GAO-12-270T:
Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Foster Children:

Fraud Detection Systems:

Health Care Coverage:

Job Lock and the Potential Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
GAO-12-166R:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Medicaid:

Health Opportunity Accounts Demonstration Program
GAO-12-221R:
Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2011.

Medicaid Program Integrity:

Expanded Federal Role Presents Challenges to and Opportunities for Assisting States
GAO-12-288T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.

Medicare:

Many Factors, Including Administrative Challenges, Affect Access to Part D Vaccinations
GAO-12-61:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

National Institutes of Health:

Employment and Other Impacts Reported by NIH Recovery Act Grantees
GAO-12-32:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2011.

Pediatric Medical Devices:

Provisions Support Development, but Better Data Needed for Required Reporting
GAO-12-225:
Published: Dec 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2011.

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan:

Comparison of Implementation and Early Enrollment with the Children's Health Insurance Program
GAO-12-62R:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2011.
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Homeland Security

Border Security:

Additional Steps Needed to Ensure That Officers Are Fully Trained
GAO-12-269:
Published: Dec 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2011.

Coast Guard:

Communication of Post-Government Employment Restriction Can Be Strengthened
GAO-12-174:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Coast Guard:

Observations on Arctic Requirements, Icebreakers, and Coordination with Stakeholders
GAO-12-254T:
Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Coast Guard:

Homeland Defense and Weapons of Mass Destruction:

Additional Steps Could Enhance the Effectiveness of the National Guard's Life-Saving Response Forces
GAO-12-114:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.

National Capital Region:

2010 Strategic Plan is Generally Consistent with Characteristics of Effective Strategies
GAO-12-276T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.

Port Security Grant Program:

Risk Model, Grant Management, and Effectiveness Measures Could Be Strengthened
GAO-12-47:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.

Transportation Security:

Transportation:

Visa Waiver Program:

Additional Actions Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-287T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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Housing

Federal Housing Administration:

Risks to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and the Agency's Operations
GAO-12-277T:
Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Ginnie Mae:

Risk Management and Cost Modeling Require Continuing Attention
GAO-12-49:
Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Homelessness:

To Improve Data and Programs, Agencies Have Taken Steps to Develop a Common Vocabulary
GAO-12-302T:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Vacant Properties:

Growing Number Increases Communities' Costs and Challenges
GAO-12-34:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2011.
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Human Capital

Border Security:

Additional Steps Needed to Ensure That Officers Are Fully Trained
GAO-12-269:
Published: Dec 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2011.
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Information Technology

IT Dashboard:

Accuracy Has Improved, and Additional Efforts Are Under Way to Better Inform Decision Making
GAO-12-210:
Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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International Affairs

International Affairs:

International Climate Change Assessments:

Federal Agencies Should Improve Reporting and Oversight of U.S. Funding
GAO-12-43:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.

Visa Waiver Program:

Additional Actions Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-287T:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Adult Drug Courts:

Fraud Detection Systems:

Mississippi River:

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National Defense

Defense Contract Audits:

Actions Needed to Improve DCAA's Access to and Use of Defense Company Internal Audit Reports
GAO-12-88:
Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2011.

DOD Financial Management:

Ongoing Challenges with Reconciling Navy and Marine Corps Fund Balance with Treasury
GAO-12-132:
Published: Dec 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2011.

DOD Health Care:

Homeland Defense and Weapons of Mass Destruction:

Additional Steps Could Enhance the Effectiveness of the National Guard's Life-Saving Response Forces
GAO-12-114:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Green Building:

Federal Initiatives for the Nonfederal Sector Could Benefit from More Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-79:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2011.

Hardrock Mining:

BLM Needs to Revise Its Systems for Assessing the Adequacy of Financial Assurances
GAO-12-189R:
Published: Dec 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2011.

International Climate Change Assessments:

Federal Agencies Should Improve Reporting and Oversight of U.S. Funding
GAO-12-43:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.

Mississippi River:

Station Fire:

Forest Service's Response Offers Potential Lessons for Future Wildland Fire Management
GAO-12-155:
Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2011.
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Retirement Security

Delphi Pension Plans:

GM Agreements with Unions Give Rise to Unique Differences in Participant Benefits
GAO-12-168:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance:

Retirement Benefit and Retained Asset Account Disclosures Could Be Improved
GAO-12-94:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2011.
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Space

International Space Station:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

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Telecommunications

Commercial Spectrum:

Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions
GAO-12-118:
Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2011.
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Transportation

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Grants Management
GAO-12-158:
Published: Dec 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2011.

Highway Emergency Relief:

Strengthened Oversight of Project Eligibility Decisions Needed
GAO-12-45:
Published: Nov 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2011.

Transportation Security:

Transportation:

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Veterans

Arlington National Cemetery:

Additional Actions Needed to Continue Improvements in Contract Management
GAO-12-99:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.

Arlington National Cemetery:

Management Improvements Made, but a Strategy Is Needed to Address Remaining Challenges
GAO-12-105:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Foster Children:

HHS Guidance Could Help States Improve Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions
GAO-12-270T:
Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.

Foster Children:

Homelessness:

To Improve Data and Programs, Agencies Have Taken Steps to Develop a Common Vocabulary
GAO-12-302T:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

APEX-MBM, JV
B-405107.3,
Oct 3, 2011

BlueStar Energy Solutions
B-405690,
Dec 12, 2011

Commandeer Construction Company LLC
B-405771,
Dec 29, 2011

Electronic Interiors Inc.
B-405576,
Nov 18, 2011

Encompass Group LLC
B-405688,
Dec 9, 2011

Henry Schein, Inc.
B-405319,
Oct 18, 2011

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc
B-405658.2,
Dec 9, 2011

Jean-Paul O'Brien
B-405668,B-405669,
Dec 12, 2011

Kingdomware Technologies
B-405727,
Dec 19, 2011

LOGMET LLC
B-405700,
Dec 14, 2011

National Defense Advisors, Inc.
B-405741,
Dec 13, 2011

NCI Information Systems, Inc.
B-405745,
Dec 14, 2011

NCI Information Systems, Inc.
B-405589,
Nov 23, 2011

NetStar-1 Government Consulting, Inc.
B-404025.2,
May 4, 2011

Pacific Lock Company
B-405800,
Dec 27, 2011

Sealift Inc.
B-405705,
Dec 9, 2011

Seawolf Construction Corporation
B-405730,
Dec 21, 2011

Sevatec, Inc.
B-405681,
Dec 9, 2011

The Ross Group Construction Corporation
B-405180.2,
Nov 28, 2011

VSE Corporation
B-404833.4,
Nov 21, 2011

W.B. Construction and Sons, Inc.
B-405874,B-405874.2,
Dec 16, 2011
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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