Month in Review, May 2013

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Agriculture and Food

Agricultural Research:

Two USDA Agencies Can Enhance Safeguards against Project Duplication and Strengthen Collaborative Planning
GAO-13-255:
Published: Apr 12, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

Homeland Security:

An Overall Strategy Is Needed to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in Livestock and Poultry
GAO-13-424:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Bureau of the Public Debt:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-416R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Capitol Preservation Fund:

Audit of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Transactions
GAO-13-489R:
Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.

Employing People With Blindness or Severe Disabilities:

Enhanced Oversight of the AbilityOne Program Needed
GAO-13-457:
Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Case Examples Illustrate Vulnerabilities That Could Result in Improper Payments or Overlapping Benefits
GAO-13-386:
Published: Apr 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.

Financial Audit:

Congressional Award Foundation's Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-13-554:
Published: May 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.

Management Report:

Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Controls
GAO-13-420R:
Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

Medicaid:

Enhancements Needed for Improper Payments Reporting and Related Corrective Action Monitoring
GAO-13-229:
Published: Mar 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.

Senate Preservation Fund:

Audit of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Transactions
GAO-13-490R:
Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.
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Budget and Spending

Bureau of the Public Debt:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-416R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request:

U.S. Government Accountability Office
GAO-13-617T:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.

Internal Revenue Service:

Preliminary Observations on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request
GAO-13-599R:
Published: May 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Strategic Sourcing:

Leading Commercial Practices Can Help Federal Agencies Increase Savings When Acquiring Services
GAO-13-417:
Published: Apr 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.
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Education

Higher Education:

Experts Cited a Range of Requirements as Burdensome
GAO-13-371:
Published: Apr 10, 2013. Publicly Released: May 10, 2013.

K-12 Education:

States' Test Security Policies and Procedures Varied
GAO-13-495R:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

VA Education Benefits:

VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students
GAO-13-338:
Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.
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Employment

Employing People With Blindness or Severe Disabilities:

Enhanced Oversight of the AbilityOne Program Needed
GAO-13-457:
Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Case Examples Illustrate Vulnerabilities That Could Result in Improper Payments or Overlapping Benefits
GAO-13-386:
Published: Apr 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.

Transportation:

Preliminary Results of Work on FAA Facility Conditions and Workplace Safety
GAO-13-509R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Employment:

Worker Safety and Health at Department of Energy Sites
GAO-13-497R:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
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Energy

Department of Energy:

Observations on Project and Program Cost Estimating in NNSA and the Office of Environmental Management
GAO-13-510T:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Oil and Gas Management:

Continued Attention to Interior's Revenue Collection and Human Capital Challenges Is Needed
GAO-13-647T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Employment:

Worker Safety and Health at Department of Energy Sites
GAO-13-497R:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
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Equal Opportunity

Diversity Management:

Trends and Practices in the Financial Services Industry and Agencies after the Recent Financial Crisis
GAO-13-238:
Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Capital Purchase Program:

Status of the Program and Financial Health of Remaining Participants
GAO-13-458:
Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.

Diversity Management:

Trends and Practices in the Financial Services Industry and Agencies after the Recent Financial Crisis
GAO-13-238:
Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Federal Reserve Banks:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-419R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
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GAO Mission and Operations

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request:

U.S. Government Accountability Office
GAO-13-617T:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.
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Government Operations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Lobbying Policies and Monitoring for Program to Reduce Obesity and Tobacco Use
GAO-13-477R:
Published: Apr 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Data Center Consolidation:

Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings
GAO-13-627T:
Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.

Data Center Consolidation:

Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Cost Savings Goal
GAO-13-378:
Published: Apr 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.

Employing People With Blindness or Severe Disabilities:

Enhanced Oversight of the AbilityOne Program Needed
GAO-13-457:
Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Case Examples Illustrate Vulnerabilities That Could Result in Improper Payments or Overlapping Benefits
GAO-13-386:
Published: Apr 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.

Federal Retirement Processing:

Government Efficiency and Effectiveness:

Government Efficiency and Effectiveness:

Strategies for Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieving Cost Savings
GAO-13-631T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Social Security Administration:

Long-Term Strategy Needed to Address Key Management Challenges
GAO-13-459:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.

Spectrum Management:

Federal Relocation Costs and Auction Revenues
GAO-13-472:
Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.

Strategic Sourcing:

Leading Commercial Practices Can Help Federal Agencies Increase Savings When Acquiring Services
GAO-13-417:
Published: Apr 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-556T:
Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-302:
Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.
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Health Care

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Lobbying Policies and Monitoring for Program to Reduce Obesity and Tobacco Use
GAO-13-477R:
Published: Apr 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

CMS:

Activities, Staffing, and Funding for the Center for Strategic Planning
GAO-13-377R:
Published: Apr 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.

Defense Health Care:

Department of Defense Needs a Strategic Approach to Contracting for Health Care Professionals
GAO-13-322:
Published: May 28, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

Health Insurance:

Seven States' Actions to Establish Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
GAO-13-486:
Published: Apr 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Medicaid:

Alternative Measures Could Be Used to Allocate Funding More Equitably
GAO-13-434:
Published: May 10, 2013. Publicly Released: May 10, 2013.

Medicaid:

Enhancements Needed for Improper Payments Reporting and Related Corrective Action Monitoring
GAO-13-229:
Published: Mar 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 1, 2013.

Medicare Imaging Accreditation:

Medicare:

Legislative Modifications Have Resulted in Payment Adjustments for Most Hospitals
GAO-13-334:
Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Prescription Drugs:

Comparison of DOD and VA Direct Purchase Prices
GAO-13-358:
Published: Apr 19, 2013. Publicly Released: May 20, 2013.

President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief:

Drug Supply Chains Are Stronger, but More Steps Are Needed to Reduce Risks
GAO-13-483:
Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief:

Shift toward Partner- Country Treatment Programs Will Require Better Information on Results
GAO-13-460:
Published: Apr 12, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-556T:
Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-302:
Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.

VA Health Care:

Management and Oversight of Fee Basis Care Need Improvement
GAO-13-441:
Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.
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Homeland Security

Coast Guard:

Clarifying the Application of Guidance for Common Operational Picture Development Would Strengthen Program
GAO-13-321:
Published: Apr 25, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

Emergency Alerting:

Capabilities Have Improved, but Additional Guidance and Testing Are Needed
GAO-13-375:
Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: May 23, 2013.

Homeland Security:

An Overall Strategy Is Needed to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in Livestock and Poultry
GAO-13-424:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.

Homeland Security:

DHS and TSA Continue to Face Challenges Developing and Acquiring Screening Technologies
GAO-13-469T:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Immigration Enforcement:

Preliminary Observations on DHS's Overstay Enforcement Efforts
GAO-13-602T:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential:

Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Need to Be Reassessed
GAO-13-198:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential:

Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed
GAO-13-610T:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
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Human Capital

Diversity Management:

Trends and Practices in the Financial Services Industry and Agencies after the Recent Financial Crisis
GAO-13-238:
Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Human Capital:

Additional Steps Needed to Help Determine the Right Size and Composition of DOD's Total Workforce
GAO-13-470:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.

Oil and Gas Management:

Continued Attention to Interior's Revenue Collection and Human Capital Challenges Is Needed
GAO-13-647T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
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Information Management

Bureau of the Public Debt:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-416R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Federal Reserve Banks:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-13-419R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
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Information Technology

Coast Guard:

Clarifying the Application of Guidance for Common Operational Picture Development Would Strengthen Program
GAO-13-321:
Published: Apr 25, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

Data Center Consolidation:

Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings
GAO-13-627T:
Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.

Data Center Consolidation:

Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Cost Savings Goal
GAO-13-378:
Published: Apr 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.

DOD Business Systems Modernization:

Further Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Improve Accountability
GAO-13-557:
Published: May 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 17, 2013.

Federal Retirement Processing:

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International Affairs

Export-Import Bank:

Additional Analysis and Information Could Better Inform Congress on Exposure, Risk, and Resources
GAO-13-620:
Published: May 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.

Export-Import Bank:

Financing of Dual-Use Exports
GAO-13-628R:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.

Export-Import Bank:

More Detailed Information about Its Jobs Calculation Methodology Could Improve Transparency
GAO-13-446:
Published: May 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 23, 2013.

Immigration Enforcement:

Preliminary Observations on DHS's Overstay Enforcement Efforts
GAO-13-602T:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.

Pakistan:

Reporting on Visa Delays That Disrupt U.S. Assistance Could Be Improved
GAO-13-427:
Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.

President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief:

Drug Supply Chains Are Stronger, but More Steps Are Needed to Reduce Risks
GAO-13-483:
Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief:

Shift toward Partner- Country Treatment Programs Will Require Better Information on Results
GAO-13-460:
Published: Apr 12, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

UN Compensation:

United Nations Should Clarify the Process and Assumptions Underlying Secretariat Professional Salaries
GAO-13-526:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Bureau of Prisons:

Improvements Needed in Bureau of Prisons' Monitoring and Evaluation of Impact of Segregated Housing
GAO-13-429:
Published: May 1, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.

Elder Justice:

Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-626T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Continued Management Attention Needed to Enhance Use and Review of DOD's Inventory of Contracted Services
GAO-13-491:
Published: May 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 23, 2013.

Defense Headquarters:

DOD Needs to Periodically Review and Improve Visibility Of Combatant Commands' Resources
GAO-13-293:
Published: May 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.

Defense Health Care:

Department of Defense Needs a Strategic Approach to Contracting for Health Care Professionals
GAO-13-322:
Published: May 28, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.

Defense Infrastructure:

Defense Infrastructure:

DOD Should Improve Reporting and Communication on Its Corrosion Prevention and Control Activities
GAO-13-270:
Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.

Defense Infrastructure:

Defense Logistics:

The Department of Defense's Report on Strategic Seaports Addressed All Congressionally Directed Elements
GAO-13-511R:
Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

Defense Management:

DOD Business Systems Modernization:

Further Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Improve Accountability
GAO-13-557:
Published: May 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 17, 2013.

Human Capital:

Additional Steps Needed to Help Determine the Right Size and Composition of DOD's Total Workforce
GAO-13-470:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.

Missile Defense:

Opportunity to Refocus on Strengthening Acquisition Management
GAO-13-604T:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Prescription Drugs:

Comparison of DOD and VA Direct Purchase Prices
GAO-13-358:
Published: Apr 19, 2013. Publicly Released: May 20, 2013.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Climate Change:

Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers
GAO-13-242:
Published: Apr 12, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.

Department of Energy:

Observations on Project and Program Cost Estimating in NNSA and the Office of Environmental Management
GAO-13-510T:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Natural Resources and Environment:

Funding for 10 States' Programs Supported by Four Environmental Protection Agency Categorical Grants
GAO-13-504R:
Published: May 6, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.

Hazardous Waste Cleanup:

Observations on States' Role, Liabilities at DOD and Hardrock Mining Sites, and Litigation Issues
GAO-13-633T:
Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.

Oil and Gas Management:

Continued Attention to Interior's Revenue Collection and Human Capital Challenges Is Needed
GAO-13-647T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Superfund:

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Retirement Security

Federal Retirement Processing:

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Social Security Administration:

Long-Term Strategy Needed to Address Key Management Challenges
GAO-13-459:
Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.

Social Security Administration:

Preliminary Observations on the Death Master File
GAO-13-574T:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Internal Revenue Service:

Preliminary Observations on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request
GAO-13-599R:
Published: May 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Management Report:

Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Controls
GAO-13-420R:
Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.

Tax Administration:

IRS Could Improve Examinations by Adopting Certain Research Program Practices
GAO-13-480:
Published: May 24, 2013. Publicly Released: May 24, 2013.

Tax Expenditures:

IRS Data Available for Evaluations Are Limited
GAO-13-479:
Published: Apr 30, 2013. Publicly Released: May 30, 2013.
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Telecommunications

Emergency Alerting:

Capabilities Have Improved, but Additional Guidance and Testing Are Needed
GAO-13-375:
Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: May 23, 2013.

Spectrum Management:

Federal Relocation Costs and Auction Revenues
GAO-13-472:
Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.

Telecommunications Networks:

Addressing Potential Security Risks of Foreign-Manufactured Equipment
GAO-13-652T:
Published: May 21, 2013. Publicly Released: May 21, 2013.
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Transportation

Transportation:

Preliminary Results of Work on FAA Facility Conditions and Workplace Safety
GAO-13-509R:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential:

Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Need to Be Reassessed
GAO-13-198:
Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential:

Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed
GAO-13-610T:
Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
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Veterans

Prescription Drugs:

Comparison of DOD and VA Direct Purchase Prices
GAO-13-358:
Published: Apr 19, 2013. Publicly Released: May 20, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-556T:
Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.

VA Construction:

Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-302:
Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: May 3, 2013.

VA Education Benefits:

VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students
GAO-13-338:
Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.

VA Health Care:

Management and Oversight of Fee Basis Care Need Improvement
GAO-13-441:
Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Elder Justice:

Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-626T:
Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families:

Potential Options to Improve Performance and Oversight
GAO-13-431:
Published: May 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.
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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

ABSG Consulting, Inc.
B-407956,B-407956.2,
Apr 18, 2013

Advanced Computer Concepts
B-408084,
May 30, 2013

American Apparel, Inc.
B-407399.2,
Apr 30, 2013

Colonial Press International, Inc.
B-408031,B-408055,
May 6, 2013

e-Management
B-407980,B-407980.2,
May 2, 2013

Esegur-Empresa de Seguranca, SA
B-407947,B-407947.2,
Apr 26, 2013

Global Dynamics, LLC
B-407966,
May 6, 2013

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
B-407159.4,
May 3, 2012

Latvian Connection, LLC
B-407972,B-407972.2,
May 2, 2013

Nuclear Production Partners LLC; Integrated Nuclear Production Solutions LLC
B-407948,B-407948.2,B-407948.3,B-407948.4,B-407948.5,B-407948.6,B-407948.7,B-407948.8,
Apr 29, 2013

PAE Government Services, Inc.
B-407818,
Mar 5, 2013

Specialized Steel Contractors, Inc.
B-408022,B-408022.2,
May 14, 2013

Triad Logistics Services Corporation
B-407842.2,
Apr 22, 2013

WingGate Travel, Inc.--Reconsideration
B-405007.17,
May 23, 2013

Womack Machine Supply Co.
B-407990,
May 3, 2013

Zeichner Risk Analytics
B-407973,
May 3, 2013
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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