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Federal Contracting: Monitoring and Oversight of Tribal 8(a) Firms Need Attention
GAO-12-84: Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2012.
Federal dollars obligated to tribal 8(a) firms grew from $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2005 to $5.5 billion in 2010, a greater percentage increase than non-tribal 8(a) obligations (160 percent versus 45 percent). Obligations to 8(a) firms owned by Alaska Native Corporations (ANC) represented the majority of tribal obligationsevery year during the period, rising to $4.7 billion in 2010. While tribal...
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM: Governmentwide Fraud Prevention Control Weaknesses Leave Program Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse, but VA Has Made Progress in Improving Its Verification Process
GAO-12-443T: Published: Feb 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2012.
Governmentwide fraud prevention control weaknesses over the SDVOSB program leave it vulnerable to fraud and abuse. In October 2009, GAO reported on 10 selected firms that misrepresented their status as SDVOSBs, which allowed them to win approximately $100 million in SDVOSB set-aside and sole-source contracts. Cases like this happen because the SDVOSB program relies on firms to self-certify annuall...
Real Estate Appraisals: Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures
GAO-12-147: Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.
The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) has been performing its monitoring role under Title XI, but several weaknesses have potentially limited its effectiveness. For example, Title XI did not originally provide ASC rulemaking and enforcement tools that could be useful in promoting state compliance. In addition, ASC has not reported or clearly defined the criteria it uses to assess states’ overall comp...
Real Estate Appraisals: Survey of State Appraiser Regulatory Agencies (GAO-12-198SP, January 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-147
GAO-12-198SP: Published: Jan 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-147. It provides information on how state appraiser regulatory agencies carry out their responsibilities under Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, and their views on selected aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which amends Title XI and includes new requirement...
Death Services: State Regulation of the Death Care Industry Varies and Officials Have Mixed Views on Need for Further Federal Involvement
GAO-12-65: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.
The extent to which the federal and state governments regulate the death care industryfuneral homes, cemeteries, crematories, pre-need funeral plans, and third party sales of funeral goodsvaries, as does the extent to which regulation has changed since GAO last reported on the regulation of the death care industry in 2003. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to annually conduc...
Death Services: 2011 Surveys of State Regulators (GAO-12-91SP, December 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-12-65
GAO-12-91SP: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2012.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-12-65. This document presents the results of GAO's 50-state surveys of state regulators of the death care industry. The surveys are similar to the surveys we conducted in 2003, and are designed to update information obtained in the earlier surveys...
Securities Research: Additional Actions Could Improve Regulatory Oversight of Analyst Conflicts of Interest
GAO-12-209: Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2012.
Existing research and stakeholder views suggest that the Global Settlement and other regulatory actions have helped to address conflicts faced by equity research analysts. The results of the empirical studies that GAO reviewed generally suggest that the Global Settlement and equity research rules adopted by the SROs were associated with improvements in analysts stock recommendations. FINRA o...
Risk Retention Groups: Clarifications Could Facilitate States' Implementation of the Liability Risk Retention Act
GAO-12-16: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
Certain indicators suggest that the financial condition of the RRG industry in aggregate generally has remained profitable. In 2003, RRGs wrote about $1.8 billion, or 1.17 percent of commercial liability insurance. In 2010, RRGs continued to comprise a small percentage of the total market, writing about $2.5 billion--or about 3 percent of commercial liability coverage. Other financial indicators,...
Risk Retention Groups: Survey of State Regulators (GAO-12-17SP, December 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-12-16
GAO-12-17SP: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
This e-publication supplements our report, Risk Retention Groups: Clarifications Could Facilitate States' Implementation of the Liability Risk Retention Act (GAO-12-16). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide information from a Web-based survey of state insurance regulators...
Commercial Spectrum: Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions
GAO-12-118: Published: Nov 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2011.
Since 1994, FCC has made over 520 megahertz (a measure of quantity) of spectrum available for new uses, such as wireless broadband, through a process that can be lengthy. Because most of the usable spectrum in the United States has been allocated to existing uses, FCC must change its rules to move spectrum from an existing use to a new use, a process known as repurposing spectrum. Yet, this proces...