Month in Review, January 2012

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Auditing and Financial Management

Department of Justice:

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-402:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-402:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

As Treasury Continues to Exit Programs, Opportunities to Enhance Communication on Costs Exist
GAO-12-229:
Published: Jan 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Death Services:

Death Services:

2011 Surveys of State Regulators (GAO-12-91SP, December 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-12-65
GAO-12-91SP:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.

Real Estate Appraisals:

Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures
GAO-12-147:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.

Real Estate Appraisals:

Survey of State Appraiser Regulatory Agencies (GAO-12-198SP, January 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-147
GAO-12-198SP:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.

Risk Retention Groups:

Clarifications Could Facilitate States' Implementation of the Liability Risk Retention Act
GAO-12-16:
Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.

Risk Retention Groups:

Survey of State Regulators (GAO-12-17SP, December 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-12-16
GAO-12-17SP:
Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.

Securities Research:

Additional Actions Could Improve Regulatory Oversight of Analyst Conflicts of Interest
GAO-12-209:
Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2012.
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Education

Race to the Top:

Characteristics of Grantees' Amended Programs and Education's Review Process
GAO-12-228R:
Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education:

Strategic Planning Needed to Better Manage Overlapping Programs across Multiple Agencies
GAO-12-108:
Published: Jan 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
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Employment

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-402:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
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Energy

Defense Infrastructure:

DOD Did Not Fully Address the Supplemental Reporting Requirements in Its Energy Management Report
GAO-12-336R:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:

Additional Opportunities Exist to Streamline Support Functions at NNSA and Office of Science Sites
GAO-12-255:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.

Department of Energy:

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Could Benefit from Information on Applicants' Prior Funding
GAO-12-112:
Published: Jan 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.

Department of Energy:

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Could Improve Its Collection of Information from Applications
GAO-12-407T:
Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
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Equal Opportunity

Coast Guard:

Continued Improvements Needed to Address Potential Barriers to Equal Employment Opportunity
GAO-12-135:
Published: Dec 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2012.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Bank Capital Requirements:

Potential Effects of New Changes on Foreign Holding Companies and U.S. Banks Abroad
GAO-12-235:
Published: Jan 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.

Bank Holding Company Act:

Characteristics and Regulation of Exempt Institutions and the Implications of Removing the Exemptions
GAO-12-160:
Published: Jan 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2012.

Credit Rating Agencies:

Alternative Compensation Models for Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations
GAO-12-240:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.

Dodd-Frank Act:

Hybrid Capital Instruments and Small Institution Access to Capital
GAO-12-237:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.

Municipal Securities:

Overview of Market Structure, Pricing, and Regulation
GAO-12-265:
Published: Jan 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.

National Credit Union Administration:

Earlier Actions Are Needed to Better Address Troubled Credit Unions
GAO-12-247:
Published: Jan 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 2012.

Securities Research:

Additional Actions Could Improve Regulatory Oversight of Analyst Conflicts of Interest
GAO-12-209:
Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2012.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

As Treasury Continues to Exit Programs, Opportunities to Enhance Communication on Costs Exist
GAO-12-229:
Published: Jan 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
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GAO Mission and Operations

GAO Mission and Operations:

Summary of GAO's Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2011
GAO-12-5SP:
Published: Jan 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2012.
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Government Operations

Arlington National Cemetery:

Actions Taken and Steps Remaining to Address Contracting and Management Challenges
GAO-12-374T:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Elections:

Views on Implementing Federal Elections on a Weekend
GAO-12-69:
Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2012.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-402:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Managing Service Contracts:

Recent Efforts to Address Associated Risks Can Be Further Enhanced
GAO-12-87:
Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2012.
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Health Care

Antibiotics:

FDA Needs to Do More to Ensure That Drug Labels Contain Up-to-Date Information
GAO-12-218:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.

Defense Health:

Health Care Quality Measurement:

HHS Should Address Contractor Performance and Plan for Needed Measures
GAO-12-136:
Published: Jan 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.

Medicare Advantage:

Changes Improved Accuracy of Risk Adjustment for Certain Beneficiaries
GAO-12-52:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.

Medicare Advantage:

CMS Should Improve the Accuracy of Risk Score Adjustments for Diagnostic Coding Practices
GAO-12-51:
Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2012.

Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse:

Agencies Have Begun Coordinating Education Efforts, but Need to Assess Effectiveness
GAO-12-115:
Published: Dec 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.
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Homeland Security

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Risk Assessments:

DHS Should Establish More Specific Guidance for Their Use
GAO-12-272:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Coast Guard:

Continued Improvements Needed to Address Potential Barriers to Equal Employment Opportunity
GAO-12-135:
Published: Dec 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2012.

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

Cybersecurity Guidance Is Available, but More Can Be Done to Promote Its Use
GAO-12-92:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.

Homeland Defense:

Continued Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations
GAO-12-311:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.
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Housing

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT:

Preliminary Observations on Fraud-Prevention Controls
GAO-12-402:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Homeless Women Veterans:

Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing
GAO-12-182:
Published: Dec 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.

Real Estate Appraisals:

Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures
GAO-12-147:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.

Real Estate Appraisals:

Survey of State Appraiser Regulatory Agencies (GAO-12-198SP, January 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-147
GAO-12-198SP:
Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.
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Information Management

Department of Energy:

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Could Improve Its Collection of Information from Applications
GAO-12-407T:
Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
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Information Security

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

Cybersecurity Guidance Is Available, but More Can Be Done to Promote Its Use
GAO-12-92:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
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Information Technology

Chemical Assessments:

Challenges Remain with EPA's Integrated Risk Information System Program
GAO-12-42:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Capitol Police:

Retirement Benefits, Pay, Duties, and Attrition Compared to Other Federal Police Forces
GAO-12-58:
Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Department of Justice:

Immigrant Integration:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Could Better Assess Its Grant Program
GAO-12-274:
Published: Dec 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.

Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act:

Observations on Implementation
GAO-12-275R:
Published: Jan 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2012.
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National Defense

Arctic Capabilities:

Arleigh Burke Destroyers:

Additional Analysis and Oversight Required to Support the Navy's Future Surface Combatant Plans
GAO-12-113:
Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.

Arlington National Cemetery:

Actions Taken and Steps Remaining to Address Contracting and Management Challenges
GAO-12-374T:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Defense Contracting:

Defense Health:

Defense Infrastructure:

DOD Did Not Fully Address the Supplemental Reporting Requirements in Its Energy Management Report
GAO-12-336R:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.

Homeland Defense:

Continued Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations
GAO-12-311:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Chemical Assessments:

Challenges Remain with EPA's Integrated Risk Information System Program
GAO-12-42:
Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
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Retirement Security

Capitol Police:

Retirement Benefits, Pay, Duties, and Attrition Compared to Other Federal Police Forces
GAO-12-58:
Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
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Science and Technology

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education:

Strategic Planning Needed to Better Manage Overlapping Programs across Multiple Agencies
GAO-12-108:
Published: Jan 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education:

Survey of Federal Programs (GAO-12-110SP, January 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-108
GAO-12-110SP:
Published: Jan 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2012.
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Tax Policy and Administration

IRS Management:

Cost Estimate for New Information Reporting System Needs to be Made More Reliable
GAO-12-59:
Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.

2011 Tax Filing:

Processing Gains, but Taxpayer Assistance Could Be Enhanced by More Self-Service Tools
GAO-12-176:
Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.

Taxpayer Privacy:

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Transportation

Transportation:

National Transportation Safety Board's Implementation of GAO Recommendations
GAO-12-306R:
Published: Jan 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2012.

Traffic Congestion:

Road Pricing Can Help Reduce Congestion, but Equity Concerns May Grow
GAO-12-119:
Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2012.
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Veterans

Arlington National Cemetery:

Actions Taken and Steps Remaining to Address Contracting and Management Challenges
GAO-12-374T:
Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.

Homeless Women Veterans:

Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing
GAO-12-182:
Published: Dec 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.

VA Enhanced Monthly Benefits:

Recipient Population Is Changing, and Awareness Could Be Improved
GAO-12-153:
Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.
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Worker and Family Assistance

VA Enhanced Monthly Benefits:

Recipient Population Is Changing, and Awareness Could Be Improved
GAO-12-153:
Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.
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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

ADM International, Inc.
B-405854,
Jan 6, 2012

AdvanceMed Corporation; TrustSolutions, LLC
B-404910.4,B-404910.5,B-404910.6,B-404910.9,B-404910.10,
Jan 17, 2012

Analytic Services, Inc.
B-405737,
Dec 28, 2011

Camel Manufacturing Company, Inc.
B-403395.6,B-403395.8,
Dec 8, 2011

Cryo Technologies
B-406003,
Jan 18, 2012

Decypher Technologies Ltd.
B-405511.2,
Nov 18, 2011

Defense Product Solutions
B-405941,
Jan 10, 2012

Delta Building Services, Inc.
B-405327.2,B-405327.3,
Oct 21, 2011

Excalibur Laundries, Inc.
B-405814,B-405814.2,
Jan 3, 2012

Freedom Systems, LLC
B-405846,B-405846.2,
Jan 5, 2012

Glatz Aeronautical Corporation
B-405851,B-405851.2,
Jan 6, 2012

Glenn Defense Marine-Asia PTE, Ltd.
B-402687.6,B-402687.7,
Oct 13, 2011

Government Contracting Services, LLC
B-405996,
Jan 17, 2012

Hi-Tech Bed Systems Corporation
B-405683,
Dec 7, 2011

HP Enterprise Services, LLC
B-405692,
Dec 14, 2011

Ironclad Services, Inc.
B-406037,
Jan 11, 2012

King Farm Associates, LLC; One Largo Metro LLC; Metroview Development Holdings, LLC
B-404896.10,B-404896.11,B-404896.12,B-404896.13,B-404896.14,
Dec 5, 2011

Meadowgate Technologies, LLC
B-405989,B-405989.3,
Jan 17, 2012

Piton Science and Technology
B-406052,
Jan 23, 2012

Ross Technologies, Inc.
B-405266.2,
Dec 7, 2011

R2Sonic, LLC
B-405864,
Jan 6, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation
B-405612,B-405612.2,B-405612.3,
Dec 5, 2011

SeKON Enterprise, Inc.; Signature Consulting Group
B-405921,B-405921.2,
Jan 17, 2012

The Argos Group, LLC
B-406040,
Jan 24, 2012

TtEC-Tesoro, JV
B-405313,B-405313.3,
Oct 7, 2011

Veterans Contracting Group, Inc.
B-405940,
Jan 12, 2012

W.B. Construction and Sons, Inc.
B-405818,B-405818.2,
Jan 4, 2012

Zolon Tech, Inc.
B-405869,
Dec 22, 2011
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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