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Group Purchasing Organizations: Services Provided to Customers and Initiatives Regarding Their Business Practices
GAO-10-738: Published: Aug 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2010.
Health care providers rely on group purchasing organizations (GPO) to negotiate contracts with vendors of medical products. In 2002, questions were raised about GPOs engaging in potentially anticompetitive business practices such as collecting excessively high contract administrative fees. In 2003, GAO reported that selected GPOs had adopted or revised codes of conduct to respond to the questions...
Nonprime Mortgages: Data on Loan Performance by Cohort Year, Product Type, and Location (GAO-10-806SP, August 24, 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-10-805
GAO-10-806SP: Published: Aug 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-10-805. It provides information on the performance of nonprime loans (including subprime and Alt-A loans) originated from 2000 through 2007. After increasing dramatically from 2000 through 2006, the nonprime market contracted sharply in mid-2007, partly in response to increasing default and foreclosure rates for these mortgages. The subprime segment of the nonprime m...
Telecommunications: The Proposed Performance Rights Act Would Result in Additional Costs for Broadcast Radio Stations and Additional Revenue for Record Companies, Musicians, and Performers
GAO-10-826: Published: Aug 4, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2010.
The recording and broadcast radio industries touch the lives of most Americans through the development and distribution of music. Congress is considering legislation, the proposed Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848), that would expand copyright protection for the public performance of sound recordings. The proposed act would require AM/FM radio stations that broadcast music to pay a royalty, and thi...
Export Promotion: Increases in Commercial Service Workforce Should Be Better Planned
GAO-10-874: Published: Aug 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2010.
Since the recent recession, policymakers have emphasized the role exports can play in strengthening the U.S. economy and in creating higher paying jobs. In March 2010 the President signed an Executive Order creating the National Export Initiative (NEI), with a goal of doubling U.S. exports in 5 years. However, since 2004 the workforce of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS) has shrunk, cal...
In a Previous Rate-Setting Proceeding for Some Sound Recordings, the Standard Addressing the Disruptive Impact on the Industries Contributed to a Lower Copyright Royalty Rate, but the Effect of Its Proposed Removal Is Unclear
GAO-10-828R: Published: Aug 4, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2010.
Every day, thousands of AM/FM radio stations, as well as satellite radio, cable radio, and Webcasters, use sound recordings to provide music to their listeners. As a form of intellectual property, sound recordings are protected by copyright law. The copyright holder (e.g., a record company or performer) may use a license to grant third parties permission to use sound recordings, in return for comp...
Government Auditing Standards: 2010 Exposure Draft
GAO-10-853G: Published: Aug 1, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2010.
This letter describes the process used by GAO for revising GAGAS, summarizes the proposed major changes, discusses proposed effective dates, and provides instructions for submitting comments on the proposed standards.The proposed revision to GAGAS will be the sixth since GAO first issued the standards in 1972. The proposed changes contained in the 2010 Exposure Draft update GAGAS to reflect major...
Aviation Safety: Icing and Winter Weather-Related Recommendations That NTSB Has Issued Since 1996 (GAO-10-679SP), an E-supplement to (GAO-10-678)
GAO-10-679SP: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-10-678. Ice formation on aircraft can disrupt the smooth flow of air over the wings and prevent the aircraft from taking off or decrease the pilot's ability to maintain control of the aircraft. Taxi and landing operations can also be risky in winter weather. Despite a variety of technologies designed to prevent ice from forming on planes and to remove ice th...
Older Americans: Continuing Care Retirement Communities Can Provide Benefits, but Not Without Some Risk
GAO-10-904T: Published: Jul 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
This testimoney discusses continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), the risks they and their residents face, and their regulation. A growing population of older Americans is seeking options for ensuring that their assets and income in retirement will cover the cost of their housing and health care needs. One option for meeting these long-term care needs is to enter a CCRC, which aims to provi...
GAO Review of LEA Controls over and Uses of Recovery Act Education Funds (Avery County Schools)
GAO-10-746R: Published: Jul 9, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) mandates GAO to review states' and localities' use of funds made available under the act. Since April 2009, GAO has published bimonthly reports on our findings related to federal, state, and local implementation of the Recovery Act. Currently, we are examining the efforts of selected states and local educational agencies (LEA) to en...
GAO Review of LEA Controls over and Uses of Recovery Act Education Funds (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)
GAO-10-747R: Published: Jul 9, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) mandates GAO to review states' and localities' use of funds made available under the act. Currently, we are examining the efforts of selected states and local educational agencies (LEA) to ensure appropriate uses of Recovery Act funds. In North Carolina, we have been reviewing efforts undertaken by the North Carolina Department of P...