GAO Month in Review June 2006

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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.

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Agriculture and Food

  • Crop Insurance: More Needs To Be Done to Reduce Program's Vulnerability to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. GAO-06-878T, June 15, 2006 (14 pages).
  • Farm Loan Programs: GAO Reports on USDA Lending Practices. GAO-06-912R, June 28, 2006 (5 pages).

Budget and Spending

  • Community Development Block Grant Formula: Options for Improving the Targeting of Funds. GAO-06-904T, June 27, 2006 (6 pages).

Employment

  • H-1B Visa Program: Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security. GAO-06-720, June 22, 2006 (51 pages).
  • H-1B Visa Program: More Oversight by Labor Can Improve Compliance with Program Requirements. GAO-06-901T, June 22, 2006 (16 pages).
  • Immigration Enforcement: Weaknesses Hinder Employment Verification and Worksite Enforcement Efforts. GAO-06-895T, June 19, 2006 (23 pages).

Energy

  • Energy Security: Issues Related to Potential Reductions in Venezuelan Oil Production. GAO-06-668, June 27, 2006 (46 pages).
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Preliminary Observations on Its Oversight to Ensure the Safe Operation of Nuclear Power Plants. GAO-06-886T, June 15, 2006 (18 pages).
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Preliminary Observations on Its Process to Oversee the Safe Operation of Nuclear Power Plants. GAO-06-888T, June 19, 2006 (19 pages).
  • U.S. Enrichment Corporation Privatization: USEC's Delays in Providing Data Hinder DOE's Oversight of the Uranium Decontamination Agreement. GAO-06-723, June 16, 2006 (36 pages).

Environmental Protection

  • Clean Water: How States Allocate Revolving Loan Funds and Measure Their Benefits. GAO-06-579, June 5, 2006 (48 pages).
  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement: EPA's Effort to Improve and Make More Consistent Its Compliance and Enforcement Activities. GAO-06-840T, June 28, 2006 (13 pages).
  • Environmental Liabilities: Hardrock Mining Cleanup Obligations. GAO-06-884T, June 14, 2006 (6 pages).
  • Superfund: Better Financial Assurances and More Effective Implementation of Institutional Controls Are Needed to Protect the Public. GAO-06-900T, June 15, 2006 (7 pages).

Financial Management

  • Defense Working Capital Fund: Military Services Did Not Calculate and Report Carryover Amounts Correctly. GAO-06-530, June 27, 2006 (40 pages).
  • Department of Energy, Office of Worker Advocacy: Deficient Controls Led to Millions of Dollars in Improper and Questionable Payments to Contractors. GAO-06-547, May 31, 2006 (70 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security's Use of Special Streamlined Acquisition Authorities in Section 833 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. GAO-06-783R, June 20, 2006 (3 pages).
  • Expedited Assistance for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: FEMA's Control Weaknesses Exposed the Government to Significant Fraud and Abuse. GAO-06-655, June 16, 2006 (49 pages).
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Relief: Improper and Potentially Fraudulent Individual Assistance Payments Estimated to Be Between $600 Million and $1.4 Billion. GAO-06-844T, June 14, 2006 (26 pages).

Government Operations

  • 2010 Census: Census Bureau Needs to Take Prompt Actions to Resolve Long-standing and Emerging Address and Mapping Challenges. GAO-06-272, June 15, 2006 (38 pages).
  • 2010 Census: Costs and Risks Must be Closely Monitored and Evaluated with Mitigation Plans in Place. GAO-06-822T, June 6, 2006 (20 pages).
  • Alaska Native Corporations: Increased Use of Special 8(a) Provisions Calls for Tailored Oversight. GAO-06-874T, June 21, 2006 (7 pages).
  • Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Status of Project's Schedule and Cost As of June 28, 2006. GAO-06-827T, June 28, 2006 (24 pages).
  • Elections: The Nation's Evolving Election System as Reflected in the November 2004 General Election. GAO-06-450, June 6, 2006 (518 pages).
  • Elections: 2005 Survey of State Election Officials. GAO-06-451SP, June 6, 2006 (3 pages).
  • Elections: 2005 Survey of Local Election Jurisdictions. GAO-06-452SP, June 6, 2006 (2 pages).
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Improved Coordination Needed between EEOC and OPM in Leading Federal Workplace EEO. GAO-06-214, June 16, 2006 (90 pages).
  • Indians' Additional Compensation Claims: Calculations for the Crow Creek Sioux and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes Differ from Approach Used in Prior GAO Reports. GAO-06-849T, June 14, 2006 (19 pages).
  • Office of Personnel Management: OPM Is Taking Steps to Strengthen Its Internal Capacity for Leading Human Capital Reform. GAO-06-861T, June 27, 2006 (32 pages).

Health

  • Clinical Lab Quality: CMS and Survey Organization Oversight Should Be Strengthened. GAO-06-416, June 16, 2006 (93 pages).
  • Clinical Labs: CMS and Survey Organization Oversight Is Not Sufficient to Ensure Lab Quality. GAO-06-879T, June 27, 2006 (19 pages).
  • Human Health Risk Assessment: EPA Has Taken Steps to Strengthen Its Process, but Improvements Needed in Planning, Data Development, and Training. GAO-06-595, May 31, 2006 (75 pages).
  • Human Health Risk Assessment: GAO Survey of EPA Risk Assessment Practices. GAO-06-637SP, May 31, 2006 (2 pages).

Homeland Security

  • Aviation Security: Further Study of Safety and Effectiveness and Better Management Controls Needed If Air Carriers Resume Interest in Deploying Less-than-Lethal Weapons. GAO-06-475, May 26, 2006 (28 pages).
  • Aviation Security: Management Challenges Remain for the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Program. GAO-06-864T, June 14, 2006 (22 pages).
  • Aviation Security: TSA Has Strengthened Efforts to Plan for the Optimal Deployment of Checked Baggage Screening Systems, but Funding Uncertainties Remain. GAO-06-875T, June 29, 2006 (26 pages).
  • Coast Guard: Observations on Agency Performance, Operations and Future Challenges. GAO-06-448T, June 15, 2006 (38 pages).
  • Coast Guard: Status of Deepwater Fast Response Cutter Design Efforts. GAO-06-764, June 23, 2006 (29 pages).
  • Homeland Security: DHS Is Addressing Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority Is Needed. GAO-06-899T, June 21, 2006 (21 pages).
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Coordination between FEMA and the Red Cross Should Be Improved for the 2006 Hurricane Season. GAO-06-712, June 8, 2006 (34 pages).
  • Immigration Benefits: Circumstances under Which Petitioners' Sex Offenses May Be Disclosed to Beneficiaries. GAO-06-735, June 14, 2006 (21 pages).
  • Information on Immigration Enforcement and Supervisory Promotions in the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. GAO-06-751R, June 13, 2006 (19 pages).
  • Observations on Efforts to Implement the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on the U.S. Border with Canada. GAO-06-741R, May 25, 2006 (22 pages).
  • United States Coast Guard: Improvements Needed in Management and Oversight of Rescue System Acquisition. GAO-06-623, May 31, 2006 (54 pages).

Housing

  • Federal Housing Administration: Proposed Reforms Will Heighten the Need for Continued Improvements in Managing Risks and Estimating Program Costs. GAO-06-868T, June 20, 2006 (17 pages).
  • HUD Homeownership Programs: Data Limitations Constrain Assessment of the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. GAO-06-677, June 30, 2006 (54 pages).

Income Security

  • Social Security Administration: Agency Is Positioning Itself to Implement Its New Disability Determination Process, but Key Facets Are Still in Development. GAO-06-779T, June 15, 2006 (28 pages).

Information Management

  • Commerce Information Technology Solutions Next Generation Governmentwide Acquisition Contract. GAO-06-791R, June 14, 2006 (10 pages).
  • Data Quality: Expanded Use of Key Dissemination Practices Would Further Safeguard the Integrity of Federal Statistical Data. GAO-06-607, May 31, 2006 (32 pages).
  • Information Security: Leadership Needed to Address Weaknesses and Privacy Issues at Veterans Affairs. GAO-06-897T, June 20, 2006 (34 pages).
  • Information Technology: VA and DOD Face Challenges in Completing Key Efforts. GAO-06-905T, June 22, 2006 (28 pages).
  • Managing Sensitive Information: Actions Needed to Ensure Recent Changes in DOE Oversight Do Not Weaken an Effective Classification System. GAO-06-785, June 30, 2006 (33 pages).
  • Managing Sensitive Information: DOD Can More Effectively Reduce the Risk of Classification Errors. GAO-06-706, June 30, 2006 (42 pages).
  • Privacy: Preventing and Responding to Improper Disclosures of Personal Information. GAO-06-833T, June 8, 2006 (23 pages).
  • Veterans Affairs: Leadership Needed to Address Information Security Weaknesses and Privacy Issues. GAO-06-866T, June 14, 2006 (34 pages).

International Affairs

  • Compacts of Free Association: Development Prospects Remain Limited for Micronesia and Marshall Islands. GAO-06-590, June 27, 2006 (74 pages).
  • Cooperative Threat Reduction: DOD Needs More Reliable Data to Better Estimate the Cost and Schedule of the Shchuch'ye Facility. GAO-06-692, May 31, 2006 (38 pages).
  • Embassy Construction: State Has Made Progress Constructing New Embassies, but Better Planning Is Needed for Operations and Maintenance Requirements. GAO-06-641, June 30, 2006 (62 pages).
  • Olympic Security: Better Planning Can Enhance U.S. Support to Future Olympic Games. GAO-06-753, June 30, 2006 (38 pages).
  • President's Justification of the High Performance Computer Control Threshold Does Not Fully Address National Defense Authorization Act of 1998 Requirements. GAO-06-754R, June 30, 2006 (19 pages).
  • Rebuilding Iraq: Actions Still Needed to Improve the Use of Private Security Providers. GAO-06-865T, June 13, 2006 (15 pages).
  • Treasury Has Sustained Its Formal Process to Promote U.S. Policies at the International Monetary Fund. GAO-06-876R, June 29, 2006 (20 pages).
  • United Nations: Weaknesses in Internal Oversight and Procurement Could Affect the Effective Implementation of the Planned Renovation. GAO-06-877T, June 20, 2006 (18 pages).

Justice and Law Enforcement

  • FBI Trilogy: Responses to Posthearing Questions. GAO-06-853R, June 9, 2006 (5 pages).
  • Federal Courthouses: Rent Increases Due to New Space and Growing Energy and Security Costs Require Better Tracking and Management. GAO-06-613, June 20, 2006 (104 pages).
  • Federal Courthouses: Rent Increases Due to New Space and Growing Energy and Security Costs Require Better Tracking and Management. GAO-06-892T, June 22, 2006 (15 pages).
  • International Financial Crime: Treasury's Roles and Responsibilities Relating to Selected Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. GAO-06-483, May 12, 2006 (56 pages).

National Defense

  • DOD Personnel Clearances: Questions and Answers for the Record Following the Second in a Series of Hearings on Fixing the Security Clearance Process. GAO-06-693R, June 14, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Space System Acquisition Risks and Keys to Addressing Them. GAO-06-776R, June 1, 2006 (8 pages).
  • Defense Logistics: Lack of a Synchronized Approach between the Marine Corps and Army Affected the Timely Production and Installation of Marine Corps Truck Armor. GAO-06-274, June 22, 2006 (47 pages).
  • Defense Management: Actions Needed to Improve Operational Planning and Visibility of Costs for Ballistic Missile Defense. GAO-06-473, May 31, 2006 (48 pages).
  • Defense Management: Additional Measures to Reduce Corrosion of Prepositioned Military Assets Could Achieve Cost Savings. GAO-06-709, June 14, 2006 (27 pages).
  • Defense Management: Attention Is Needed to Improve Oversight of DLA Prime Vendor Program. GAO-06-739R, June 19, 2006 (14 pages).
  • Homeland Defense: National Guard Bureau Needs to Clarify Civil Support Teams' Mission and Address Management Challenges. GAO-06-498, May 31, 2006 (82 pages).
  • Improvement Continues in DOD's Reporting on Sustainable Ranges but Additional Time Is Needed to Fully Implement Key Initiatives. GAO-06-725R, June 20, 2006 (18 pages).
  • Tactical Aircraft: DOD Should Present a New F-22A Business Case before Making Further Investments. GAO-06-455R, June 20, 2006 (12 pages).

Natural Resources

  • Invasive Forest Pests: Recent Infestations and Continued Vulnerabilities at Ports of Entry Place U.S. Forests at Risk. GAO-06-871T, June 21, 2006 (13 pages).
  • U.S. Tsunami Preparedness: Federal and State Partners Collaborate to Help Communities Reduce Potential Impacts, but Significant Challenges Remain. GAO-06-519, June 5, 2006 (60 pages).
  • Wildland Fire Suppression: Better Guidance Needed to Clarify Sharing of Costs between Federal and Nonfederal Entities. GAO-06-896T, June 21, 2006 (15 pages).
  • Wildland Fire Suppression: Lack of Clear Guidance Raises Concerns about Cost Sharing between Federal and Nonfederal Entities. GAO-06-570, May 30, 2006 (42 pages).
  • Wood Utilization: Federal Research and Product Development Activities, Support, and Technology Transfer. GAO-06-624, June 15, 2006 (118 pages).

Social Services

  • Foster Care and Adoption Assistance: Federal Oversight Needed to Safeguard Funds and Ensure Consistent Support for States' Administrative Costs. GAO-06-649, June 15, 2006 (48 pages).
  • Summary of a GAO Conference: Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education. GAO-06-759SP, June 20, 2006 (23 pages).

Special Publications

  • Government Auditing Standards: 2006 Revision (Exposure Draft). GAO-06-729G, June 1, 2006 (198 pages).
  • Principles of Federal Appropriations Law: Third Edition, Volume II. GAO-06-382SP, February 1, 2006 (720 pages).
  • Principles of Federal Appropriations Law: Annual Update of the Third Edition. GAO-06-534SP, April 1, 2006 (67 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

  • Capital Gains Tax Gap: Requiring Brokers to Report Securities Cost Basis Would Improve Compliance if Related Challenges Are Addressed. GAO-06-603, June 13, 2006 (46 pages).
  • Internal Revenue Service: Status of Recommendations from Financial Audits and Related Financial Management Reports. GAO-06-560, June 6, 2006 (90 pages).
  • Puerto Rico: Fiscal Relations with the Federal Government and Economic Trends during the Phaseout of the Possessions Tax Credit. GAO-06-541, May 19, 2006 (210 pages).
  • Tax Compliance: Challenges to Corporate Tax Enforcement and Options to Improve Securities Basis Reporting. GAO-06-851T, June 13, 2006 (22 pages).

Transportation

  • Air Traffic Control Modernization: Status of the Current Program and Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. GAO-06-653T, June 21, 2006 (30 pages).
  • Airline Deregulation: Reregulating the Airline Industry Would Likely Reverse Consumer Benefits and Not Save Airline Pensions. GAO-06-630, June 9, 2006 (44 pages).
  • Commercial Aviation: Costs and Major Factors Influencing Infrastructure Changes at U.S. Airports to Accomodate the New A380 Aircraft. GAO-06-571, May 19, 2006 (90 pages).
  • Freight Railroads: Preliminary Observations on Rates, Competition, and Capacity Issues. GAO-06-898T, June 21, 2006 (27 pages).
  • Intermodal Transportation: Challenges to and Potential Strategies for Developing Improved Intermodal Capabilities. GAO-06-855T, June 15, 2006 (18 pages).
  • Mass Transit: Issues Related to Providing Dedicated Funding for the Washington Metropolitain Area Transit Authority. GAO-06-516, May 15, 2006 (73 pages).
  • Public Transportation: Preliminary Information on FTA's Implementation of SAFETEA-LU Changes. GAO-06-910T, June 27, 2006 (35 pages).

Veterans Affairs

  • VA Health Care: Patient Safety Could be Enhanced by Improvements in Employment Screening and Physician Privileging Practices. GAO-06-760T, June 15, 2006 (19 pages).
  • VA Health Care: Selected Credentialing Requirements at Seven Medical Facilities Met, but an Aspect of Privileging Process Needs Improvement. GAO-06-648, May 25, 2006 (34 pages).
  • VA Health Care: Steps Taken to Improve Practitioner Screening, but Facility Compliance with Screening Requirements Is Poor. GAO-06-544, May 25, 2006 (35 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

  • American Floor Consultants, Inc.. B-294530.7, June 15, 2006 (6 pages).
  • American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.. B-298011, May 15, 2006 (6 pages).
  • BAE Technical Services, Inc.. B-296699, October 5, 2005 (13 pages).
  • Bristol Group, Inc.--Union Station Venture. B-298086, B-298086.3, May 30, 2006 (6 pages).
  • Bristol Group, Inc.--Union Station Venture. B-298110, June 2, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Forest Service--Surface Water Management Fees. B-306666, June 5, 2006 (13 pages).
  • GC Services Limited Partnership. B-298102, June 14, 2006 (21 pages).
  • Haworth Inc.. B-297053.4, June 7, 2006 (4 pages).
  • IPlus, Inc.. B-298020, B-298020.2, June 5, 2006 (16 pages).
  • Intercon Associates, Inc.--Costs. B-296697.2, June 14, 2006 (4 pages).
  • National Mediation Board--Compensating Neutral Arbitrators Appointed to Grievance Adjustment Boards Under the Railway Labor Act. B-305484, June 2, 2006 (15 pages).
  • Paramount Group, Inc.. B-298082, June 15, 2006 (7 pages).
  • The Severson Group. B-298195, June 9, 2006 (3 pages).
  • Truth in Regulating Act of 2000 (TIRA). B-302705, June 7, 2006 (4 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

  • Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency: 2005 Section 32 Hurricane Disaster Programs. GAO-06-796R, June 22, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service: Food Stamp Program: Employment and Training Program Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. GAO-06-882R, June 27, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Conditions for Coverage for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs). GAO-06-841R, June 14, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security: Transportation Security Administration: Air Cargo Security Requirements. GAO-06-806R, June 8, 2006 (4 pages).
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for FY 2006. GAO-06-836R, June 13, 2006 (4 pages).

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