Month in Review, November 2011

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Agriculture and Food

Food and Drug Administration:

Better Coordination Could Enhance Efforts to Address Economic Adulteration and Protect the Public Health
GAO-12-46:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 2011.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Adoption Tax Credit:

IRS Can Reduce Audits and Refund Delays
GAO-12-98:
Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-12-186:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010 Schedules of Federal Debt
GAO-12-164:
Published: Nov 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Financial Audit:

IRS's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements
GAO-12-165:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Financial Audit:

Securities and Exchange Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010
GAO-12-219:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Office of Science and Technology Policy:

Violation of the Antideficiency Act
GAO-12-200T:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2011.
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Budget and Spending

Arizona Border Surveillance Technology:

More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
GAO-12-22:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program:

Assessing Use of Proxy Data Would Enhance Ability to Know If States Are Meeting Their Goals
GAO-12-78:
Published: Oct 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-12-186:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program:

Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-205T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program:

Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-152R:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Small Business Administration:

Progress Continues in Addressing Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program
GAO-12-253T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Veterans Administration Procurement:

Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained
GAO-12-278T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
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Education

For-Profit Schools:

Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges
GAO-12-150:
Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2011.

Higher Education:

Use of New Data Could Help Improve Oversight of Distance Education
GAO-12-39:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
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Employment

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-212T:
Published: Nov 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2011.
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Energy

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options:

Technology Assessment:

Neutron Detectors: Alternatives to Using Helium-3
GAO-11-753:
Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2011.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Dodd-Frank Act Regulations:

Implementation Could Benefit from Additional Analyses and Coordination
GAO-12-151:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2011.

Financial Audit:

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-12-186:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Financial Audit:

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GAO Mission and Operations

GAO Mission and Operations:

Fiscal Year 2011 Performance and Accountability Report
GAO-12-4SP:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
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Government Operations

Defense Contract Management Agency:

Amid Ongoing Efforts to Rebuild Capacity, Several Factors Present Challenges in Meeting Its Missions
GAO-12-83:
Published: Nov 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2011.

Federal Contracting:

OMB's Acquisition Savings Initiative Had Results, but Improvements Needed
GAO-12-57:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Federal Courthouse Construction:

Nationwide Space and Cost Issues Are Applicable to L.A. Courthouse Project
GAO-12-206T:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-212T:
Published: Nov 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2011.

Immigration Benefits:

Consistent Adherence to DHS's Acquisition Policy Could Help Improve Transformation Program Outcomes
GAO-12-66:
Published: Nov 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2011.

Information Technology:

Critical Factors Underlying Successful Major Acquisitions
GAO-12-7:
Published: Oct 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.

Intragovernmental Revolving Funds:

Commerce Departmental and Census Working Capital Funds Should Better Reflect Key Operating Principles
GAO-12-56:
Published: Nov 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2011.

Medicaid:

Prototype Formula Would Provide Automatic, Targeted Assistance to States during Economic Downturns
GAO-12-38:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2011.

OPM Retirement Modernization:

Longstanding Information Technology Management Weaknesses Need to Be Addressed
GAO-12-226T:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Recovery Act:

Status of Science-Related Funding
GAO-12-279T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-12-245T:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

U.S. Postal Service:

Action Needed to Maximize Cost-Saving Potential of Alternatives to Post Offices
GAO-12-100:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.

Veterans Administration Procurement:

Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained
GAO-12-278T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
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Health Care

Food and Drug Administration:

Better Coordination Could Enhance Efforts to Address Economic Adulteration and Protect the Public Health
GAO-12-46:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 2011.

Medicaid:

Prototype Formula Would Provide Automatic, Targeted Assistance to States during Economic Downturns
GAO-12-38:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2011.

Medicare Advantage:

Enrollment Increased from 2010 to 2011 while Premiums Decreased and Benefit Packages Were Stable
GAO-12-93:
Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Mental Health and Substance Use:

Private Health Insurance:

Early Indicators Show That Most Insurers Would Have Met or Exceeded New Medical Loss Ratio Standards
GAO-12-90R:
Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
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Homeland Security

Arizona Border Surveillance Technology:

More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
GAO-12-22:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.

Deepwater Horizon:

Coast Guard and Interior Could Improve Their Offshore Energy Inspection Programs
GAO-12-203T:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2011.

DHS Research and Development:

Science and Technology Directorate's Test and Evaluation and Reorganization Efforts
GAO-12-239T:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.

Immigration Benefits:

Consistent Adherence to DHS's Acquisition Policy Could Help Improve Transformation Program Outcomes
GAO-12-66:
Published: Nov 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2011.

Transportation Security Information Sharing:

Stakeholders Generally Satisfied but TSA Could Improve Analysis, Awareness, and Accountability
GAO-12-44:
Published: Nov 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.

Homeland Security:

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Housing

Federal Housing Administration:

Improvements Needed in Risk Assessment and Human Capital Management
GAO-12-15:
Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.

Financial Audit:

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Human Capital

Acquisition Workforce:

DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress
GAO-12-232T:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

Cybersecurity Human Capital:

Initiatives Need Better Planning and Coordination
GAO-12-8:
Published: Nov 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2011.

Federal Housing Administration:

Improvements Needed in Risk Assessment and Human Capital Management
GAO-12-15:
Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.

GAO Mission and Operations:

Fiscal Year 2011 Performance and Accountability Report
GAO-12-4SP:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Gender Pay Differences:

Progress Made, but Women Remain Overrepresented among Low-Wage Workers
GAO-12-10:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2011.
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Information Management

Transportation Security Information Sharing:

Transportation Security Information Sharing:

Stakeholders Generally Satisfied but TSA Could Improve Analysis, Awareness, and Accountability
GAO-12-44:
Published: Nov 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
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Information Security

Cybersecurity Human Capital:

Initiatives Need Better Planning and Coordination
GAO-12-8:
Published: Nov 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2011.

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

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Information Technology

Information Technology:

Critical Factors Underlying Successful Major Acquisitions
GAO-12-7:
Published: Oct 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.

OPM Retirement Modernization:

Longstanding Information Technology Management Weaknesses Need to Be Addressed
GAO-12-226T:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
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International Affairs

Compact of Free Association:

Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2011- 2024
GAO-12-249T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Compacts of Free Association:

Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing Migration
GAO-12-64:
Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2011.

International Affairs:

Earned Import Allowance Program for Haiti
GAO-12-204R:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Foreign Assistance:

Clearer Guidance Needed on Compliance Overseas with Legislation Prohibiting Abortion-Related Lobbying
GAO-12-35:
Published: Oct 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2011.

Haiti Reconstruction:

Factors Contributing to Delays in USAID Infrastructure Construction
GAO-12-68:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

Office of Science and Technology Policy:

Violation of the Antideficiency Act
GAO-12-200T:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2011.

International Affairs:

Persian Gulf:

International Affairs:

Review of U.S. Response to the Honduran Political Crisis of 2009
GAO-12-9R:
Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Federal Courthouse Construction:

Nationwide Space and Cost Issues Are Applicable to L.A. Courthouse Project
GAO-12-206T:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.
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National Defense

Acquisition Workforce:

DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress
GAO-12-232T:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

DOD Supply Chain:

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-12-245T:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Arizona Border Region:

Climate Change Adaptation:

Federal Efforts to Provide Information Could Help Government Decision Making
GAO-12-238T:
Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

Environmental Justice:

EPA Needs to Take Additional Actions to Help Ensure Effective Implementation
GAO-12-77:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.

Environmental Protection Agency:

Actions Needed to Improve Planning, Coordination, and Leadership of EPA Laboratories
GAO-12-236T:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
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Retirement Security

Delphi Corporation:

Key Events Leading to Termination of the Delphi Defined Benefit Plans
GAO-12-234T:
Published: Nov 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2011.

OPM Retirement Modernization:

Longstanding Information Technology Management Weaknesses Need to Be Addressed
GAO-12-226T:
Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
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Science and Technology

DHS Research and Development:

Science and Technology Directorate's Test and Evaluation and Reorganization Efforts
GAO-12-239T:
Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.

Next Generation Air Transportation System:

Linking Test Facilities Can Help Leverage Resources and Improve Technology Transfer Efforts
GAO-12-187T:
Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.

Office of Science and Technology Policy:

Violation of the Antideficiency Act
GAO-12-200T:
Published: Nov 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2011.

Technology Assessment:

Neutron Detectors: Alternatives to Using Helium-3
GAO-11-753:
Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2011.
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Space

Space:

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Tax Policy and Administration

Adoption Tax Credit:

IRS Can Reduce Audits and Refund Delays
GAO-12-98:
Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.

Financial Audit:

IRS's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements
GAO-12-165:
Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2011.

User Fees:

Additional Guidance and Documentation Could Further Strengthen IRS's Biennial Review of Fees
GAO-12-193:
Published: Nov 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2011.
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Telecommunications

Statutory Copyright Licensing:

Implications of a Phaseout on Access to Television Programming and Consumer Prices Are Unclear
GAO-12-75:
Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 2011.
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Transportation

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program:

Assessing Use of Proxy Data Would Enhance Ability to Know If States Are Meeting Their Goals
GAO-12-78:
Published: Oct 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.

Transportation:

Fiscal Year 2011 Agreed-Upon Procedures for Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund
GAO-12-140R:
Published: Nov 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2011.

Transportation:

Fiscal Year 2011 Agreed-Upon Procedures for Excise Tax Distributions to the Highway Trust Fund
GAO-12-139R:
Published: Nov 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2011.

Initial Pilot Training:

Better Management Controls Are Needed to Improve FAA Oversight
GAO-12-117:
Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.

Next Generation Air Transportation:

Next Generation Air Transportation System:

Linking Test Facilities Can Help Leverage Resources and Improve Technology Transfer Efforts
GAO-12-187T:
Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.

Transportation Security Information Sharing:

Transportation Security Information Sharing:

Stakeholders Generally Satisfied but TSA Could Improve Analysis, Awareness, and Accountability
GAO-12-44:
Published: Nov 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
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Veterans

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program:

Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-205T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program:

Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-152R:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.

VA Community Living Centers:

Actions Needed to Better Manage Risks to Veterans' Quality of Life and Care
GAO-12-11:
Published: Oct 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.

Veterans Administration Procurement:

Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained
GAO-12-278T:
Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Beckman Coulter, Inc.
B-405452,
Nov 4, 2011

Carolina Satellite Networks, LLC; Nexagen Networks, Inc.
B-405558,B-405558.2,B-405558.3,
Nov 22, 2011

Crosstown Courier Service, Inc.
B-405492,B-405493,
Nov 8, 2011

Dictyon, LLC
B-405504,
Nov 16, 2011

ERC Inc.
B-405563,
Nov 18, 2011

JSR, Inc.
B-405463,
Nov 8, 2011

Kingdomware Technologies, Inc.
B-405533.2,
Nov 10, 2011

Mistral Security, Inc.
B-405644,
Nov 9, 2011

North Wind, Inc.; Earth Resources Technology, Inc.
B-404880.4,B-404880.5,B-404880.6,
Nov 4, 2011

Outreach Process Partners, LLC
B-405529,
Nov 20, 2011

SBBI, Inc.
B-405754,
Nov 23, 2011

Shaka, Inc.
B-405552,
Nov 14, 2011

Solstice Advertising
B-405529.2,
Nov 20, 2011

Southern Recycling, L.L.P.
B-405446,
Nov 3, 2011

Symbion Power, LLC-Haytrac, JV; Symbion Power, LLC
B-405507,B-405507.2,B-405507.3,
Nov 16, 2011

Watts-Weitz, JV
B-405475,B-405475.2,
Nov 8, 2011

XTec, Inc.
B-405505,
Nov 8, 2011
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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