Month in Review, March 2013

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Agriculture and Food

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Fees:

Major Changes Needed to Align Fee Revenues with Program Costs
GAO-13-268:
Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

Dietary Supplements:

FDA May Have Opportunities to Expand Its Use of Reported Health Problems to Oversee Products
GAO-13-244:
Published: Mar 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2013.

Food Assistance:

Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Assistance Procurement Process
GAO-13-395R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

Inspectors General:

USDA Office of Inspector General Resources, Accomplishments, Coverage, and Quality
GAO-13-245:
Published: Mar 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2013.

U.S. Assistance to Yemen:

Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Emergency Food Aid and Assess Security Assistance
GAO-13-310:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

WIC Program:

Improved Oversight of Income Eligibility Determination Needed
GAO-13-290:
Published: Feb 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Fees:

Major Changes Needed to Align Fee Revenues with Program Costs
GAO-13-268:
Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

California High-Speed Passenger Rail:

Project Estimates Could Be Improved to Better Inform Future Decisions
GAO-13-304:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.

Financial Stability:

Continued Actions Needed to Strengthen New Council and Research Office
GAO-13-467T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Inspectors General:

USDA Office of Inspector General Resources, Accomplishments, Coverage, and Quality
GAO-13-245:
Published: Mar 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2013.

National Preparedness:

FEMA Has Made Progress in Improving Grant Management and Assessing Capabilities, but Challenges Remain
GAO-13-456T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:

Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for 2012 and 2011
GAO-13-390R:
Published: Mar 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

Status of GAO Recommendations to Treasury
GAO-13-324R:
Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
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Budget and Spending

Budget Issues:

Effects of Budget Uncertainty from Continuing Resolutions on Agency Operations
GAO-13-464T:
Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Awareness, Use, and Usefulness of SaferProducts.gov
GAO-13-306:
Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2013.

Dietary Supplements:

FDA May Have Opportunities to Expand Its Use of Reported Health Problems to Oversee Products
GAO-13-244:
Published: Mar 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2013.

Export Promotion:

Small Business Administration Needs to Improve Collaboration to Implement Its Expanded Role
GAO-13-217:
Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

Veteran-Owned Small Businesses:

Planning and Data System for VA's Verification Program Need Improvement
GAO-13-425T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.
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Economic Development

Community Development Block Grants:

Reporting on Compliance with Limit on Funds Used for Administration Can Be Improved
GAO-13-247:
Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.

Entrepreneurial Assistance:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Programs' Collaboration, Data-Tracking, and Performance Management
GAO-13-452T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

National Preparedness:

FEMA Has Made Progress in Improving Grant Management and Assessing Capabilities, but Challenges Remain
GAO-13-456T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

Puerto Rico:

Characteristics of the Island's Maritime Trade and Potential Effects of Modifying the Jones Act
GAO-13-260:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.
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Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:

Standards Needed to Improve Identification of Racial and Ethnic Overrepresentation in Special Education
GAO-13-137:
Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.
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Energy

Department of Energy:

Concerns with Major Construction Projects at the Office of Environmental Management and NNSA
GAO-13-484T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Department of Energy:

Status of Loan Programs
GAO-13-331R:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.

Energy Efficiency:

Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources
GAO-13-135:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Manufactured Homes:

State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs
GAO-13-373:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Renewable Energy:

Agencies Have Taken Steps Aimed at Improving the Permitting Process for Development on Federal Lands
GAO-13-189:
Published: Jan 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.

Wind Energy:

Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support
GAO-13-136:
Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Financial Institutions:

Causes and Consequences of Recent Failures of Community Banks
GAO-13-476T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Financial Stability:

Continued Actions Needed to Strengthen New Council and Research Office
GAO-13-467T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Housing:

Overview of GAO's Past Work on FHA's Single-Family Mortgage Insurance Programs
GAO-13-400R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

Status of GAO Recommendations to Treasury
GAO-13-324R:
Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
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Government Operations

Budget Issues:

Effects of Budget Uncertainty from Continuing Resolutions on Agency Operations
GAO-13-464T:
Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.

2020 Census:

Local Administrative Records and Their Use in the Challenge Program and Decennial
GAO-13-269:
Published: Feb 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2013.

Government Operations:

Characteristics of Presidential Appointments that do not Require Senate Confirmation
GAO-13-299R:
Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

Community Development Block Grants:

Reporting on Compliance with Limit on Funds Used for Administration Can Be Improved
GAO-13-247:
Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.

Department of Energy:

Concerns with Major Construction Projects at the Office of Environmental Management and NNSA
GAO-13-484T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Department of Transportation:

Key Issues and Management Challenges, 2013
GAO-13-402T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Entrepreneurial Assistance:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Programs' Collaboration, Data-Tracking, and Performance Management
GAO-13-452T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Federal Courthouses Construction:

Nationwide Space and Cost Overages Also Apply to Miami Project
GAO-13-461T:
Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.

Food Assistance:

Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Assistance Procurement Process
GAO-13-395R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

High-Risk Series:

Government-wide 2013 Update and Progress Made by the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-13-444T:
Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.

Inspectors General:

USDA Office of Inspector General Resources, Accomplishments, Coverage, and Quality
GAO-13-245:
Published: Mar 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2013.

Major Automated Information Systems:

Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices
GAO-13-311:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

National Science Foundation:

Steps Taken to Improve Contracting Practices, but Opportunities Exist to Do More
GAO-13-292:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Overlap and Duplication:

Federal Inspections of Entities Registered with the Select Agent Program
GAO-13-154:
Published: Jan 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2013.

Transportation:

Use of Remanufactured Parts in the Federal Vehicle Fleet Is Based On a Variety of Factors
GAO-13-316R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
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Health Care

Defense Health Care:

DOD Chiropractor Wage Rates
GAO-13-443R:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Dietary Supplements:

FDA May Have Opportunities to Expand Its Use of Reported Health Problems to Oversee Products
GAO-13-244:
Published: Mar 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2013.

End-Stage Renal Disease:

CMS Should Improve Design and Strengthen Monitoring of Low-Volume Adjustment
GAO-13-287:
Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

High-Containment Laboratories:

Assessment of the Nation's Need Is Missing
GAO-13-466R:
Published: Feb 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2013.

Medicaid:

Additional Enrollment and Expenditure Data for the Transitional Medical Assistance Program
GAO-13-454R:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.

Medicare Advantage:

Substantial Excess Payments Underscore Need for CMS to Improve Accuracy of Risk Score Adjustments
GAO-13-206:
Published: Jan 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2013.

National Preparedness:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:

Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for 2012 and 2011
GAO-13-390R:
Published: Mar 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.

VA Health Care:

Appointment Scheduling Oversight and Wait Time Measures Need Improvement
GAO-13-372T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
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Homeland Security

Border Security:

DHS's Progress and Challenges in Securing U.S. Borders
GAO-13-414T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

DHS List of Priority Assets Needs to Be Validated and Reported to Congress
GAO-13-296:
Published: Mar 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2013.

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

Cybersecurity:

A Better Defined and Implemented National Strategy Is Needed to Address Persistent Challenges
GAO-13-462T:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

High-Containment Laboratories:

Assessment of the Nation's Need Is Missing
GAO-13-466R:
Published: Feb 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2013.

High-Risk Series:

Government-wide 2013 Update and Progress Made by the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-13-444T:
Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.

Information Sharing:

Information Technology:

DHS Needs to Enhance Management of Major Investments
GAO-13-478T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

National Preparedness:

FEMA Has Made Progress in Improving Grant Management and Assessing Capabilities, but Challenges Remain
GAO-13-456T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

National Preparedness:

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Housing

Community Development Block Grants:

Reporting on Compliance with Limit on Funds Used for Administration Can Be Improved
GAO-13-247:
Published: Mar 21, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2013.

Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Opportunities to Improve Management of Mortgage Insurance and Rental Assistance Programs
GAO-13-439T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Housing and Urban Development:

Strategic Human Capital and Workforce Planning Should be an Ongoing Priority
GAO-13-282:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.

Manufactured Homes:

State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs
GAO-13-373:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Housing:

Overview of GAO's Past Work on FHA's Single-Family Mortgage Insurance Programs
GAO-13-400R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
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Human Capital

Housing and Urban Development:

Strategic Human Capital and Workforce Planning Should be an Ongoing Priority
GAO-13-282:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.
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Information Management

Information Sharing:

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Information Security

Cybersecurity:

A Better Defined and Implemented National Strategy Is Needed to Address Persistent Challenges
GAO-13-462T:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

Information Security:

IRS Has Improved Controls but Needs to Resolve Weaknesses
GAO-13-350:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.
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Information Technology

Information Technology:

DHS Needs to Enhance Management of Major Investments
GAO-13-478T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

Major Automated Information Systems:

Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices
GAO-13-311:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
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International Affairs

Export-Import Bank:

Recent Growth Underscores Need for Continued Improvements in Risk Management
GAO-13-303:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Export Promotion:

Small Business Administration Needs to Improve Collaboration to Implement Its Expanded Role
GAO-13-217:
Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.

International Religious Freedom Act:

State Department and Commission Are Implementing Responsibilities but Need to Improve Interaction
GAO-13-196:
Published: Mar 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2013.

Security Assistance:

Evaluations Needed to Determine Effectiveness of U.S. Aid to Lebanon's Security Forces
GAO-13-289:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

U.S. Assistance to Yemen:

Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Emergency Food Aid and Assess Security Assistance
GAO-13-310:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Federal Courthouses Construction:

Nationwide Space and Cost Overages Also Apply to Miami Project
GAO-13-461T:
Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.

Information Sharing:

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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs
GAO-13-294SP:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Defense Contracting:

Actions Needed to Increase Competition
GAO-13-325:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Defense Health Care:

DOD Chiropractor Wage Rates
GAO-13-443R:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Defense Technology Development:

National Defense:

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:

Current Outlook Is Improved, but Long-Term Affordability Is a Major Concern
GAO-13-309:
Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2013.

Major Automated Information Systems:

Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices
GAO-13-311:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Military Bases:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Future Base Realignment and Closure Rounds
GAO-13-149:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Department of Energy:

Concerns with Major Construction Projects at the Office of Environmental Management and NNSA
GAO-13-484T:
Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Payments to Counties:

Renewable Energy:

Agencies Have Taken Steps Aimed at Improving the Permitting Process for Development on Federal Lands
GAO-13-189:
Published: Jan 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.

Water Infrastructure:

Approaches and Issues for Financing Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
GAO-13-451T:
Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
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Retirement Security

Private Pensions:

Multiemployer Plans and PBGC Face Urgent Challenges
GAO-13-428T:
Published: Mar 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2013.
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Science and Technology

Defense Technology Development:

National Science Foundation:

Steps Taken to Improve Contracting Practices, but Opportunities Exist to Do More
GAO-13-292:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Information Security:

IRS Has Improved Controls but Needs to Resolve Weaknesses
GAO-13-350:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.
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Transportation

California High-Speed Passenger Rail:

Project Estimates Could Be Improved to Better Inform Future Decisions
GAO-13-304:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.

Department of Transportation:

Key Issues and Management Challenges, 2013
GAO-13-402T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

National Airspace System:

Airport-Centric Development
GAO-13-261:
Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.

Puerto Rico:

Characteristics of the Island's Maritime Trade and Potential Effects of Modifying the Jones Act
GAO-13-260:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2013.

Transportation:

Use of Remanufactured Parts in the Federal Vehicle Fleet Is Based On a Variety of Factors
GAO-13-316R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
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Veterans

VA Health Care:

Appointment Scheduling Oversight and Wait Time Measures Need Improvement
GAO-13-372T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Veteran-Owned Small Businesses:

Planning and Data System for VA's Verification Program Need Improvement
GAO-13-425T:
Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.

Veterans' Disability Benefits:

Challenges to Timely Processing Persist
GAO-13-453T:
Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Opportunities to Improve Management of Mortgage Insurance and Rental Assistance Programs
GAO-13-439T:
Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.

Food Assistance:

Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Assistance Procurement Process
GAO-13-395R:
Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.

Medicaid:

Additional Enrollment and Expenditure Data for the Transitional Medical Assistance Program
GAO-13-454R:
Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.

Worker and Family Assistance:

Summary of Proposals to Address Income Eligibility Requirement for Federal Foster Care Reimbursement
GAO-13-323R:
Published: Mar 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2013.

Veterans' Disability Benefits:

Challenges to Timely Processing Persist
GAO-13-453T:
Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.

WIC Program:

Improved Oversight of Income Eligibility Determination Needed
GAO-13-290:
Published: Feb 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Allen Engineering Contractor, Inc.
B-405594.4,
Mar 15, 2013

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Inc.
B-405664,B-405664.2,
Dec 12, 2011

Bahrain Telecommunications Company, B.S.C.
B-407682.2,B-407682.3,
Jan 28, 2013

Caduceus Healthcare, Inc.
B-407791,
Feb 21, 2013

Crown Agents USA, Inc
B-407748,
Feb 6, 2013

Department of the Navy--Reconsideration
B-405664.3,
May 17, 2012

Harmonia Holdings, LLC
B-407186.2,B-407186.3,
Mar 5, 2013

Miracle Systems, LLC
B-407324.7,B-407324.8,B-407324.10,
Mar 5, 2013

MVM, Inc.
B-407779,B-407779.2,
Feb 21, 2013

Pernix-Serka LP
B-407656,B-407656.2,
Jan 18, 2013

Smith Enterprise, Inc.
B-407529,B-407529.2,B-407529.3,
Dec 28, 2012

Systalex Corporation
B-407761,B-407761.2,B-407761.3,
Feb 12, 2013

USS Chartering, LLC
B-407601,
Jan 15, 2013

Wyle Laboratories, Inc.
B-407784,
Feb 19, 2013
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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