Month In Review - August 2003

About the Month in Review

The Month in Review is a comprehensive list of all reports, testimony, correspondence, and other publications issued by GAO during the previous month, grouped according to subject categories.

Top 10 list of significant work made publicly available in the last month http://www.gao.gov/press/topten.html

Budget and Spending

Budget Issues: Alternative Approaches to Finance Federal Capital. GAO-03-1011, August 21, 2003 (67 pages).

Opportunities for Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds: Examples from Selected GAO Work. GAO-03-1006, August 1, 2003 (292
pages).

Education

Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools: New Facilities Management Information System Promising, but Improved Data Accuracy Needed. GAO-03-692, July 31, 2003 (34 pages).

Special Education: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth. GAO-03-773, July 31, 2003 (60 pages).

Taxpayer Information: Increased Sharing and Verifying of Information Could Improve Education's Award Decisions. GAO-03-821, July 18, 2003 (23 pages).

Energy

Energy Markets: Additional Actions Would Help Ensure That FERC's Oversight and Enforcement Capability Is Comprehensive and Systematic. GAO-03-845, August 15, 2003 (72 pages).

Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy. GAO-03-894, August 22, 2003 (26 pages).

Nuclear Weapons: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Budgeting, Cost Accounting, and Management Associated with the Stockpile Life Extension Program. GAO-03-583, July 28, 2003 (43 pages).

Spent Nuclear Fuel: Options Exist to Further Enhance Security. GAO-03-426, July 15, 2003 (45 pages).

Environmental Protection

Clean Air Act: EPA Should Use Available Data to Monitor the Effects of Its Revisions to the New Source Review Program. GAO-03-947, August 22, 2003 (29 pages).

Financial Institutions

Federal Deposit Insurance Act: FTC Best Among Candidates to Enforce Consumer Protection Provisions. GAO-03-971, August 20, 2003 (72 pages).

SEC and CFTC Fines Follow-Up: Collection Programs Are Improving, but Further Steps Are Warranted. GAO-03-795, July 15, 2003 (45 pages).

Securities Investor Protection: Update on Matters Related to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. GAO-03-811, July 11, 2003 (36 pages).

Financial Management

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association for Fiscal Years 2001 and 2000. GAO-03-1078R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America of 2000-2002. GAO-03-1075R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Disabled American Veterans for 2002 and 2001. GAO-03-1076R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Former Member of Congress for 2002 and 2001. GAO-03-1077R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the General Federation of Women's Clubs for Fiscal Years 2000-2002. GAO-03-1079R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Gold Star Wives for America, Incorporated, for Fiscal Year 2002. GAO-03-1080R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Jewish War Veterans of the united States of America, Inc., for Fiscal Years 2000-2002. GAO-03-1081R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Jewish War Veterans, U.S.A., National Memorial, Incorporated, for Fiscal Year 2001. GAO-03-1082R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Report for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., for Fiscal Year 2001. GAO-03-1074R, August 7, 2003 (2 pages).

Payment Processing: Statistical Sampling Plan for Voucher Prepayment Examination. GAO-03-1067R, August 28, 2003 (7 pages).

Workforce Investment Act: Potential Effects of Alternative Formulas on State Allocations. GAO-03-1043, August 28, 2003 (71 pages).


Government Operations

Decennial Census: Lessons Learned for Locating and Counting Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers. GAO-03-605, July 3, 2003 (28 pages).

Federal Real Property: Vacant and Underutilized Properties at GSA, VA, and USPS. GAO-03-747, August 19, 2003 (67 pages).

Human Capital: Further Guidance, Assistance, and Coordination Can Improve Federal Telework Efforts. GAO-03-679, July 18, 2003 (82 pages).

Thrift Savings Plan: Delayed Allocation of Failed System Development Costs to Participant Accounts. GAO-03-827R, July 22, 2003 (10 pages).

U.S. Customs Service: Prospective Rulings More Timely, but Database Reliability Questions Remain. GAO-03-828, August 6, 2003 (36 pages).

Health

CDC's April 2002 Report On Smoking: Estimates of Selected Health Consequences of Cigarette Smoking Were Reasonable. GAO-03-942R,
July 17, 2003 (19 pages).

CMS Contracting: Issues Concerning Administrator's Decision to Exclude Subcontractor. GAO-03-842, July 8, 2003 (27 pages).

Health Care: Approaches to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
GAO-03-862R, July 8, 2003 (22 pages).

Medicaid Formula: Differences in Funding Ability among States Often Are Widened. GAO-03-620, July 10, 2003 (45 pages).

Medical Malpractice: Implications of Rising Premiums on Access to Health Care. GAO-03-836, August 8, 2003 (57 pages).

Medicare Home Health Payment: Nonroutine Medical Supply Data Needed to Assess Payment Adjustments. GAO-03-878, August 15, 2003 (17 pages).

Homeland Security

Homeland Security: Efforts to Improve Information Sharing Need to
Be Strengthened. GAO-03-760, August 27, 2003 (53 pages).

Hospital Preparedness: Most Urban Hospitals Have Emergency Plans but Lack Certain Capacities for Bioterrorism Response. GAO-03-924, August 6, 2003 (39 pages).

Land Border Ports of Entry: Vulnerabilities and Inefficiencies in the Inspections Process. GAO-03-1084R, August 18, 2003 (4 pages).

Information Management

Contract Management: INS Contracting Weaknesses Need Attention from the Department of Homeland Security. GAO-03-799, July 25, 2003 (33 pages).

Geospatial Information: Technologies Hold Promise for Wildland Fire Management, but Challenges Remain. GAO-03-1114T, August 28, 2003 (29 pages).

Information Technology: Executive office for U.S. Attorneys Needs to Institutionalize Key IT Management Disciplines. GAO-03-751, July 25, 2003 (54 pages).

Records Management: National Archives and Records Administration's Acquisition of Major System Faces Risks. GAO-03-880, August 22, 2003 (50 pages).

National Defense

Challenges and Risks Associated with the Joint Tactical Radio System Program. GAO-03-879R, August 11, 2003 (34 pages).

DOD Personnel: Documentation of the Army's Civilian Workforce-Planning Model Needed to Enhance Credibility. GAO-03-1046, August 22, 2003 (13 pages).

Defense Inventory: Opportunities Exist to Improve Spare Parts Support Aboard Deployed Navy Ships. GAO-03-887, August 29, 2003 (30 pages).

Defense Inventory: Several Actions Are Needed to Further DLA's Efforts to Mitigate Shortages of Critical Parts. GAO-03-709, August 1, 2003 (50 pages).

Defense Trade: Better Information Needed to Support Decisions Affecting Proposed Weapons Transfers. GAO-03-694, July 11, 2003 (38 pages).

Foreign Military Sales: Improved Air Force Controls Could Prevent Unauthorized Shipments of Classified and Controlled Spare Parts to Foreign Countries. GAO-03-664, July 29, 2003 (20 pages).

Homeland Defense: DOD Needs to Assess the Structure of U.S. Forces for Domestic Military Missions. GAO-03-670, July 11, 2003 (41 pages).

Issues Facing the Army's Future Combat Systems Program. GAO-03-1010R, August 13, 2003 (44 pages).

Military Personnel: DOD Actions Needed to Improve the Efficiency of Mobilizations for Reserve Forces. GAO-03-921, August 21, 2003 (54 pages).

Natural Resources

Ocean and Coastal Activities: Information on Federal Funding. GAO-03-1070R, August 11, 2003 (26 pages).

Park Service: Agency Needs to Better Manage the Increasing Role of Nonprofit Partners. GAO-03-585, July 18, 2003 (98 pages).

Wildland Fires: Forest Service's Removal of Timber Burned by
Wildland Fires. GAO-03-808R, July 10, 2003 (12 pages).

Social Services

Child Welfare: Most States Are Developing Statewide Information Systems, but the Reliability of Child Welfare Data Could Be Improved. GAO-03-809, July 31, 2003 (65 pages).

Transportation

Airline Ticketing: Impact of Changes in the Airline Ticket Distribution Industry. GAO-03-749, July 31, 2003 (41 pages).

Veterans Affairs

Review of Veterans' Preference and the "Rule of 3". GAO-03-966R,
August 22, 2003 (4 pages).

VA Health Care: Framework v for Analyzing Capital Asset Realignment
for Enhanced Services Decisions. GAO-03-1103R, August 18, 2003 (8 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

American Recycling Systems, Inc.. B-292500, August 18, 2003 (4 pages).

Delco Industrial Textile Corporation. B-292324, August 8, 2003 (3 pages).

Gamut Electronics, LLC. B-292347, B-292347.2, August 7, 2003 (4 pages).

General Services Administration: Real Estate Brokers' Commissions. B-291947, August 15, 2003 (3 pages).

Gulf Copper Ship Repair, Inc.. B-292431, August 27, 2003 (4 pages).

Houston Air, Inc. B-292382, August 25, 2003 (5 pages).

Houston Air, Inc.. B-292345, August 15, 2003 (4 pages).

Phenix Research Products. B-292184.2, August 8, 2003 (4 pages).

Robert Clay, Inc.. B-292443, August 14, 2003 (4 pages).

Rochester Optical Manufacturing Company. B-292247, B-292247.2,
August 6, 2003 (6 pages).

Sodexho Management, Inc.--Costs. B-289605.3, August 6, 2003 (32
pages).

Universal Construction Company, Inc., d/b/a Turner-Universal.
B-292407, August 18, 2003 (4 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2004 Rates. GAO-03-1085R, August 8, 2003
(4 pages).

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Changes to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2004 Rates. GAO-03-1086R,
August 8, 2003 (4 pages).

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities--Update. GAO-03-1087R, August 8, 2003


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