Month in Review, August 2011

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Auditing and Financial Management

Management Report:

Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-11-687R:
Published: Aug 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2011.
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Budget and Spending

Public Transportation:

Requirements for Smaller Capital Projects Generally Seen as Less Burdensome
GAO-11-778:
Published: Aug 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2011.
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Energy

Energy Development and Water Use:

Impacts of Potential Oil Shale Development on Water Resources
GAO-11-929T:
Published: Aug 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.

Energy:

Maritime Security:

Progress Made, but Further Actions Needed to Secure the Maritime Energy Supply
GAO-11-883T:
Published: Aug 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Defined Benefit Pension Plans:

Plans Face Challenges When Investing in Hedge Funds and Private Equity
GAO-11-901SP:
Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2011.

Information Security:

Management Report:

Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-11-687R:
Published: Aug 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2011.
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Government Operations

Acquisition Planning:

Opportunities to Build Strong Foundations for Better Services Contracts
GAO-11-672:
Published: Aug 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2011.

Environmental Protection Agency:

To Better Fulfill Its Mission, EPA Needs a More Coordinated Approach to Managing Its Laboratories
GAO-11-347:
Published: Jul 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.

Federal Facility Security:

Staffing Approaches Used by Selected Agencies
GAO-11-601:
Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.

Federal Protective Service:

Federal Protective Service:

Progress Made but Improved Schedule and Cost Estimate Needed to Complete Transition
GAO-11-554:
Published: Jul 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2011.

Federal Real Property:

Overreliance on Leasing Contributed to High-Risk Designation
GAO-11-879T:
Published: Aug 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2011.

Management Report:

Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-11-687R:
Published: Aug 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2011.

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans:

Program Features, Early Enrollment and Spending Trends, and Federal Oversight Activities
GAO-11-662:
Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2011.
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Health Care

Long-Term Care Insurance:

Carrier Interest in the Federal Program, Changes to Its Actuarial Assumptions, and OPM Oversight
GAO-11-630:
Published: Jul 11, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2011.

Medicare Integrity Program:

CMS Used Increased Funding for New Activities but Could Improve Measurement of Program Effectiveness
GAO-11-592:
Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2011.

Medicare Part D Formularies:

CMS Conducts Oversight of Mid-Year Changes; Most Mid-Year Changes Were Enhancements
GAO-11-366R:
Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.

Medicare Physician Feedback Program:

CMS Faces Challenges with Methodology and Distribution of Physician Reports
GAO-11-720:
Published: Aug 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2011.

Nursing Homes:

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans:

Program Features, Early Enrollment and Spending Trends, and Federal Oversight Activities
GAO-11-662:
Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2011.

Private Health Insurance:

Early Experiences Implementing New Medical Loss Ratio Requirements
GAO-11-711:
Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2011.

Private Health Insurance:

State Oversight of Premium Rates
GAO-11-701:
Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2011.

Private Health Insurance:

State Oversight of Premium Rates and Changes in Response to Federal Rate Review Grants
GAO-11-878T:
Published: Aug 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2011.

World Trade Center Health Program:

Potential Effects of Implementation Options
GAO-11-735R:
Published: Aug 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2011.
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Homeland Security

Federal Facility Security:

Staffing Approaches Used by Selected Agencies
GAO-11-601:
Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.

Federal Protective Service:

Federal Protective Service:

Progress Made but Improved Schedule and Cost Estimate Needed to Complete Transition
GAO-11-554:
Published: Jul 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2011.

Maritime Security:

Progress Made, but Further Actions Needed to Secure the Maritime Energy Supply
GAO-11-883T:
Published: Aug 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.
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Human Capital

Federal Facility Security:

Staffing Approaches Used by Selected Agencies
GAO-11-601:
Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.
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Information Security

Information Security:

Information Security:

State Has Taken Steps to Implement a Continuous Monitoring Application, but Key Challenges Remain
GAO-11-149:
Published: Jul 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2011.
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Information Technology

Green Information Technology:

Information Security:

State Has Taken Steps to Implement a Continuous Monitoring Application, but Key Challenges Remain
GAO-11-149:
Published: Jul 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2011.
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International Affairs

Energy:

Iraq and Afghanistan:

Actions Needed to Enhance the Ability of Army Brigades to Support the Advising Mission
GAO-11-760:
Published: Aug 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2011.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Environmental Litigation:

Cases against EPA and Associated Costs over Time
GAO-11-650:
Published: Aug 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2011.
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National Defense

Defense Logistics:

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Natural Resources and Environment

Energy Development and Water Use:

Impacts of Potential Oil Shale Development on Water Resources
GAO-11-929T:
Published: Aug 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.

Environmental Litigation:

Cases against EPA and Associated Costs over Time
GAO-11-650:
Published: Aug 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2011.

Environmental Protection Agency:

To Better Fulfill Its Mission, EPA Needs a More Coordinated Approach to Managing Its Laboratories
GAO-11-347:
Published: Jul 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2011.

Forest Service Business Services:

Further Actions Needed to Re-examine Centralization Approach and to Better Document Associated Costs
GAO-11-769:
Published: Aug 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2011.

Green Information Technology:

Hazardous Waste:

Technology Assessment:

Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses
GAO-11-71:
Published: Jul 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2011.
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Retirement Security

Defined Benefit Pension Plans:

Plans Face Challenges When Investing in Hedge Funds and Private Equity
GAO-11-901SP:
Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2011.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation:

Asset Management Needs Better Stewardship
GAO-11-271:
Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.
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Science and Technology

Technology Assessment:

Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses
GAO-11-71:
Published: Jul 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2011.
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Transportation

Public Transportation:

Requirements for Smaller Capital Projects Generally Seen as Less Burdensome
GAO-11-778:
Published: Aug 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2011.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Incapacitated Adults:

Oversight of Federal Fiduciaries and Court-Appointed Guardians Needs Improvement
GAO-11-678:
Published: Jul 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2011.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

A1 Procurement JVD--Costs
B-404800.2,B-404800.3,
Aug 24, 2011

A-Tek, Inc.
B-404581.3,
Aug 22, 2011

BayFirst Solutions LLC
B-405072,
Aug 11, 2011

Birdstrike Control Program
B-403967.2,
Aug 3, 2011

eTouch Federal Systems, LLC
B-404894.3,
Aug 15, 2011

Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.
B-404741.4,
Aug 24, 2011

Integral Systems, Inc.
B-405303.1,
Aug 16, 2011

Nationwide IT Services, Inc. - Costs
B-404160.2,
Aug 8, 2011

Orion Technology, Inc.
B-405077,
Aug 12, 2011

PCCP Constructors, JV; Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation
B-405036,B-405036.2,B-405036.3,B-405036.4,B-405036.5,B-405036.6,
Aug 4, 2011

Power Connector, Inc.
B-404916.2,
Aug 15, 2011

Pro South-Emcon, a Joint Venture
B-405267,B-405268,
Aug 18, 2011

Sygnetics, Inc.
B-404535.5,
Aug 25, 2011

Sygnetics, Inc.
B-405138,B-405138.2,B-405138.3,
Aug 22, 2011

Vetsummit, LLC
B-405187,
Aug 29, 2011

Vital Link, Inc.
B-405123,
Aug 26, 2011
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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