Month In Review - November 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

Civil Rights

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: More Operational and Financial Oversight Needed. GAO-04-18, October 31, 2003 (58 pages).

Education

Direct Student Loan Program: Management Actions Could Enhance Customer Service. GAO-04-107, November 20, 2003 (36 pages).

Federally Funded Research at Institutions of Higher Education. GAO-04-223SP,
November 14, 2003 (2 pages).

University Research: Most Federal Agencies Need to Better Protect against Financial Conflicts of Interest. GAO-04-31, November 14, 2003 (33 pages).

Employment

Energy Employees Compensation: Case-Processing Bottlenecks Delay Payment of Claims. GAO-04-249T, November 21, 2003 (15 pages).

National Emergency Grants: Services to Dislocated Workers Hampered by Delays in Grant Awards, but Labor Is Initiating Actions to Improve Grant Award Process. GAO-04-222, November 14, 2003 (28 pages).

Women's Earnings: Work Patterns Partially Explain Difference between Men's and Woman's Earnings. GAO-04-35, October 31, 2003 (75 pages).

Energy

Electricity Restructuring: 2003 Blackout Identifies Crisis and Opportunity for the Electricity Sector. GAO-04-204, November 18, 2003 (46 pages).

Environmental Protection

Climate Change: Trends in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Emissions Intensity in the United States and Other High-Emitting Nations. GAO-04-146R,
October 28, 2003 (8 pages).

Financial Institutions

Credit Unions: Financial Condition Has Improved, but Opportunities Exist to Enhance Oversight and Share Insurance Management. GAO-04-91,
October 27, 2003 (174 pages).

Public Accounting Firms: Required Study on the Potential Effects of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation. GAO-04-216, November 21, 2003 (91 pages).

Financial Management

Audit Guide: Auditing and Investigating the Internal Control of Government Purchase Card Programs. GAO-04-87G, November 1, 2003 (77 pages).

Compact of Free Association: Single Audits Demonstrate Accountability Problems over Compact Funds. GAO-04-7, October 7, 2003 (28 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Incorporated, for 2002 and 2001.
GAO-04-184R
, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the American National Theater and Academy for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2001. GAO-04-180R, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the Aviation Hall of Fame for 2002 and 2001. GAO-04-181R,
November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the Civil Air Patrol for Fiscal Year 2001. GAO-04-183R, November 21, 2003
(2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the American Historical Association for Fiscal Years 1998-2002. GAO-04-179R, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America, Incorporated, for Fiscal Years 2000-2002. GAO-04-182R, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the National Academy of Sciences for 1999-2002. GAO-04-185R,
November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the National Fund for Medical Education for 2002 and 2001. GAO-04-186R, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., for Fiscal Years 2003 and 2002.
GAO-04-187R, November 21, 2003 (2 pages).

Financial Audit: Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2003 and 2002 Schedules of Federal Debt. GAO-04-177, November 7, 2003 (29 pages).

Financial Audit: IRS's Fiscal Years 2003 and 2002 Financial Statements.
GAO-04-126
, November 13, 2003 (145 pages).

Senate Office of Public Records Revolving Fund. GAO-04-141R,
October 17, 2003 (7 pages).

Travel Cards: Internal Control Weaknesses at DOD Led to Improper Use of First and Business Class Travel. GAO-04-229T, November 6, 2003 (20 pages).

Travel Cards: Internal Control Weaknesses at DOD Led to Improper Use of First and Business Class Travel. GAO-04-88, October 24, 2003 (45 pages).

Government Operations

Monitoring and Oversight of Federal Funds Awarded to Bridgeport, Connecticut.
GAO-04-230R
, November 26, 2003 (10 pages).

Postal Pension Funding Reform: Issues Related to the Postal Service's Proposed Use of Pension Savings. GAO-04-238, November 26, 2003 (38 pages).

Postal Pension Funding Reform: Review of Military Service Funding Proposals.
GAO-04-281
, November 26, 2003 (48 pages).

Posthearing Questions Related to Succession Planning and Management.
GAO-04-270R
, November 14, 2003 (3 pages).

U.S. Postal Service: Bold Action Needed to Continue Progress on Postal Transformation. GAO-04-108T, November 5, 2003 (57 pages).

U.S. Postal Service: Status of Inspector General's Recommendations on the Supplier Diversity Program. GAO-04-57R, October 6, 2003 (5 pages).

Health

Dialysis Facilities: Problems Remain in Ensuring Compliance with Medicare Quality Standards. GAO-04-63, October 8, 2003 (57 pages).

Information Technology: Benefits Realized for Selected Health Care Functions.
GAO-04-224
, October 31, 2003 (123 pages).

Medicaid Nursing Home Payments: States' Payment Rates Largely Unaffected by Recent Fiscal Pressures. GAO-04-143, October 17, 2003 (52 pages).

Physician Workforce: Physician Supply Increased in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas but Geographic Disparities Persisted. GAO-04-124, October 31, 2003 (31 pages).

Homeland Security

Homeland Security: Challenges in Achieving Interoperable Communications for First Responders. GAO-04-231T, November 6, 2003 (17 pages).

Information Management

Computer-Based Patient Records: Short-Term Progress Made, but Much Work Remains to Achieve a Two-Way Data Exchange Between VA and DOD Health Systems.
GAO-04-271T
, November 19, 2003 (11 pages).

Electronic Government: Potential Exists for Enhancing Collaboration on Four Initiatives. GAO-04-6, October 10, 2003 (52 pages).

Federal Bureau of Investigation's Comments on Recent GAO Report on its Enterprise Architecture Efforts. GAO-04-190R, November 14, 2003 (12 pages).

Information Security: Improvements Needed in Treasury's Security Management Program. GAO-04-77, November 14, 2003 (31 pages).

Posthearing Questions from the September 9, 2003, Hearing on "Pornography, Technology, and Process: Problems and Solutions on Peer-to-Peer Networks".
GAO-04-207R, November 14, 2003 (5 pages).

International Affairs

Department of State (State) and United Nations relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Actions to Implement Section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
GAO-04-276R
, November 17, 2003 (28 pages).

Embassy Construction: State Department Has Implemented Management Reforms, but Challenges Remain. GAO-04-100, November 4, 2003 (39 pages).

Microenterprise Development: USAID's Program Has Met Some Goals; Annual Reporting Has Limitations. GAO-04-171, November 17, 2003 (69 pages).

State Department: Targets for Hiring, Filling Vacancies Overseas Being Met, but Gaps Remain in Hard-to-Learn Languages. GAO-04-139, November 19, 2003
(41 pages).

National Defense

Defense Acquisitions: DOD's Revised Policy Emphasizes Best Practices, but More Controls Are Needed. GAO-04-53, November 10, 2003 (30 pages).

Military Pay: Army National Guard Personnel Mobilized to Active Duty Experienced Significant Pay Problems. GAO-04-89, November 13, 2003 (125 pages).

Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Effective Controls to Better Assess the Progress of the Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program. GAO-04-86,
November 13, 2003 (19 pages).

Natural Resources

Corps Of Engineers: Improved Analysis of Costs and Benefits Needed for Sacramento Flood Protection Project. GAO-04-30, October 27, 2003 (42 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

Defense Acquisitions: Improvements Needed in Space Systems Acquisition Policy to Optimize Growing Investment in Space. GAO-04-253T, November 18, 2003
(17 pages).

Telecommunications: Uneven Implementation of Wireless Enhanced 911 Raises Prospect of Piecemeal Availability for Years to Come. GAO-04-55,
November 7, 2003 (36 pages).

Social Services

Aging Issues: Related GAO Products in Calendar Years 2001 and 2002.
GAO-04-275R
, November 21, 2003 (58 pages).

Child Welfare: States Face Challenges in Developing Information Systems and Reporting Reliable Child Welfare Data. GAO-04-267T, November 19, 2003
(30 pages).

SSA Disability Decision Making: Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Accuracy and Fairness of Decisions at the Hearing Level. GAO-04-14, November 12, 2003
(73 pages).

Special Publications

GAO Performance and Accountability Report 2003. GAO-04-263SP,
November 14, 2003 (146 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes.
GAO-04-214R
, November 20, 2003 (18 pages).

Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Federal Unemployment Taxes. GAO-04-212R, November 14, 2003 (7 pages).

Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes.
GAO-04-213R
, November 20, 2003 (19 pages).

IRS's Use of Information on Taxpayers Claiming Many Allowances or Exemption From Federal Income Tax Withholding. GAO-04-79R, November 6, 2003
(11 pages).

Tax Administration: Most Taxpayers Believe They Benefit from Paid Tax Preparers, but Oversight for IRS Is a Challenge. GAO-04-70, October 31, 2003 (39 pages).

Transportation

Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Address Challenges.
GAO-04-232T
, November 5, 2003 (32 pages).

Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Strengthen Security Programs. GAO-04-285T, November 20, 2003 (28 pages).

Aviation Security: Federal Air Marshal Service Is Addressing Challenges of Its Expanded Mission and Workforce, but Additional Actions Needed. GAO-04-242, November 19, 2003 (41 pages).

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs: Post-hearing Questions Regarding the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs Providing Seamless Health Care Coverage to Transitioning Veterans. GAO-04-294R, November 25, 2003 (3 pages).

Veterans Affairs: Posthearing Questions Concerning the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs Providing Seamless Health Care Coverage to Transitioning Veterans. GAO-04-292R, November 24, 2003 (3 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

American Recreation Products. B-292689, B-292689.2, B-292689.3,
November 6, 2003 (5 pages).

Autofrigo Europe S.r.l.. B-292753, November 20, 2003 (6 pages).

C. Martin Company, Inc.. B-292662, November 6, 2003 (6 pages).

Computers Universal, Inc.. B-292794, November 18, 2003 (3 pages).

Impregilo Edilizia S.p.A.. B-292468.4, November 25, 2003 (6 pages).

Innovative Management, Inc.. B-292818, B-292818.2, November 7,
2003 (5 pages).

International Roofing & Building Construction, Inc.. B-292833, November 17, 2003
(3 pages).

O.S. Systems, Inc.. B-292827, November 17, 2003 (3 pages).

Ocean Services, LLC. B-292511.2, November 6, 2003 (5 pages).

SMF Systems Technology Corporation. B-292419.3, November 26, 2003 (5 pages).

Securicor Sicherheitsdienste. B-292723, November 18, 2003 (6 pages).

TDS, Inc.. B-292674, November 12, 2003 (6 pages).

The ARK Enterprises, Inc.. B-292705, November 13, 2003 (3 pages).

The Haskell Company. B-292756, November 19, 2003 (4 pages).

Transventures International, Inc.. B-292788, November 4, 2003 (5 pages).

Turkcell Consortium. B-293048.2, November 12, 2003 (2 pages).

Wahkontah Services, Inc.. B-292768, November 18, 2003 (6 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Change to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Calendar Year 2004 Payment Rates. GAO-04-268R, November 19, 2003 (4 pages).

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Polices Under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2004. GAO-04-266R, November 19, 2003 (4 pages).

Environmental Protection Agency: Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Non-Attainment New Source Review (NSR): Equipment Replacement Provision of the Routine Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Exclusion. GAO-04-251R, November 7, 2003
(4 pages).


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