Month in Review, October 2011

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Agriculture and Food

Food Safety:

FDA Needs to Reassess Its Approach to Reducing an Illness Caused by Eating Raw Oysters
GAO-11-607:
Published: Sep 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 2011.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Capitol Preservation Fund:

Audit of Fiscal Years 2008 through 2010 Transactions
GAO-12-85R:
Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2011.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:

Actions Needed to Reduce Evolving but Uncertain Federal Financial Risks
GAO-12-86:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.

DOD Financial Management:

Challenges in the Implementation of Business Systems Could Impact Audit Readiness Efforts
GAO-12-177T:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.

Financial Crisis:

Review of Federal Reserve System Financial Assistance to American International Group, Inc.
GAO-11-616:
Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.

UN Internal Oversight:

Progress Made on Independence and Staffing Issues, but Further Actions Are Needed
GAO-11-871:
Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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Budget and Spending

Environmental Protection Agency:

Management Challenges and Budget Observations
GAO-12-149T:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook:

Fall 2011 Update
GAO-12-28SP:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.

Budget and Spending:

USDA's Application of Administrative PAYGO to Its Mandatory Spending Programs
GAO-11-921R:
Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Action Needed to Strengthen Identification of Potentially Unsafe Products
GAO-12-30:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

Health Care Price Transparency:

Meaningful Price Information Is Difficult for Consumers to Obtain Prior to Receiving Care
GAO-11-791:
Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.
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Economic Development

Low-Income Countries:

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Energy

Yucca Mountain:

Information on Alternative Uses of the Site and Related Challenges
GAO-11-847:
Published: Sep 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
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Equal Opportunity

Preventing Sexual Harassment:

DOD Needs Greater Leadership Commitment and an Oversight Framework
GAO-11-809:
Published: Sep 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2011.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Federal Reserve Bank Governance:

Opportunities Exist to Broaden Director Recruitment Efforts and Increase Transparency
GAO-12-18:
Published: Oct 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2011.

Federal Reserve System:

Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Policies and Processes for Managing Emergency Assistance
GAO-12-122T:
Published: Oct 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2011.

Financial Crisis:

Review of Federal Reserve System Financial Assistance to American International Group, Inc.
GAO-11-616:
Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.

Financial Derivatives:

Disparate Tax Treatment and Information Gaps Create Uncertainty and Potential Abuse
GAO-11-750:
Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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Government Operations

Environmental Protection Agency:

Management Challenges and Budget Observations
GAO-12-149T:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Actions Taken to Address Most Procurement Recommendations
GAO-11-794:
Published: Sep 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Government Operations:

Potential Financial Effect on the U.S. Postal Service of Increased Voting by Mail
GAO-12-72R:
Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.

Government Operations:

Prior Experience and Past Performance as Evaluation Criteria in the Award of Federal Construction Contracts
GAO-12-102R:
Published: Oct 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2011.

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-12-127T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-11-739:
Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

U.S. Postal Service:

Allocation of Responsibility for Pension Benefits between the Postal Service and the Federal Government
GAO-12-146:
Published: Oct 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2011.

U.S. Postal Service:

Mail Trends Highlight Need to Fundamentally Change Business Model
GAO-12-159SP:
Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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Health Care

Asbestos Injury Compensation:

The Role and Administration of Asbestos Trusts
GAO-11-819:
Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2011.

Department of Defense:

Use of Neurocognitive Assessment Tools in Post-Deployment Identification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
GAO-12-27R:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.

DOD and VA Health Care:

Action Needed to Strengthen Integration across Care Coordination and Case Management Programs
GAO-12-129T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

EPA Health Risk Assessments:

Oversight and Sustained Management Key to Overcoming Challenges
GAO-12-148T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Indian Health Service:

Continued Efforts Needed to Help Strengthen Response to Sexual Assaults and Domestic Violence
GAO-12-29:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

Long-Term Care Hospitals:

CMS Oversight Is Limited and Should Be Strengthened
GAO-11-810:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.

Medicare Part D:

Instances of Questionable Access to Prescription Drugs
GAO-12-104T:
Published: Oct 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2011.

Medicare Part D:

Instances of Questionable Access to Prescription Drugs
GAO-11-699:
Published: Sep 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2011.

National Cord Blood Inventory:

Practices for Increasing Availability for Transplants and Related Challenges
GAO-12-23:
Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.

National Preparedness:

Improvements Needed for Acquiring Medical Countermeasures to Threats from Terrorism and Other Sources
GAO-12-121:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

Private Health Insurance:

Implementation of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
GAO-11-875R:
Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.

VA Health Care:

VA Mental Health:

Number of Veterans Receiving Care, Barriers Faced, and Efforts to Increase Access
GAO-12-12:
Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2011.
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Homeland Security

Aviation Security:

Biosurveillance:

Nonfederal Capabilities Should Be Considered in Creating a National Biosurveillance Strategy
GAO-12-55:
Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.

Coast Guard:

Action Needed as Approved Deepwater Program Remains Unachievable
GAO-12-101T:
Published: Oct 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2011.

Data Mining:

DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742:
Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.

Federal Courthouses:

Improved Collaboration Needed to Meet Demands of a Complex Security Environment
GAO-11-857:
Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2011.

Information Sharing:

Progress Made and Challenges Remaining in Sharing Terrorism-Related Information
GAO-12-144T:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

Maritime Security:

Coast Guard Should Conduct Required Inspections of Offshore Energy Infrastructure
GAO-12-37:
Published: Oct 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2011.

National Preparedness:

Improvements Needed for Acquiring Medical Countermeasures to Threats from Terrorism and Other Sources
GAO-12-121:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review:

Enhanced Stakeholder Consultation and Use of Risk Information Could Strengthen Future Reviews
GAO-11-873:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2011.
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Human Capital

Federal Reserve Bank Governance:

Opportunities Exist to Broaden Director Recruitment Efforts and Increase Transparency
GAO-12-18:
Published: Oct 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2011.
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Information Management

Data Mining:

DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742:
Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.

Information Sharing:

Progress Made and Challenges Remaining in Sharing Terrorism-Related Information
GAO-12-144T:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

TANF and Child Welfare Programs:

Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services
GAO-12-2:
Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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Information Security

Information Security:

Additional Guidance Needed to Address Cloud Computing Concerns
GAO-12-130T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Information Security:

Weaknesses Continue Amid New Federal Efforts to Implement Requirements
GAO-12-137:
Published: Oct 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2011.
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Information Technology

Business Systems Modernization:

Internal Revenue Service's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
GAO-12-26:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Data Mining:

DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742:
Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Actions Taken to Address Most Procurement Recommendations
GAO-11-794:
Published: Sep 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Federal Chief Information Officers:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Role in Information Technology Management
GAO-11-634:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.

Information Technology:

OMB Needs to Improve Its Guidance on IT Investments
GAO-11-826:
Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

TANF and Child Welfare Programs:

Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services
GAO-12-2:
Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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International Affairs

International Military Education and Training:

Agencies Should Emphasize Human Rights Training and Improve Evaluations
GAO-12-123:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.

Low-Income Countries:

National Export Initiative:

U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Should Improve Performance and Resource Allocation Management
GAO-11-909:
Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.

UN Internal Oversight:

Progress Made on Independence and Staffing Issues, but Further Actions Are Needed
GAO-11-871:
Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Asbestos Injury Compensation:

The Role and Administration of Asbestos Trusts
GAO-11-819:
Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2011.

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Actions Taken to Address Most Procurement Recommendations
GAO-11-794:
Published: Sep 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Federal Courthouses:

Improved Collaboration Needed to Meet Demands of a Complex Security Environment
GAO-11-857:
Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2011.
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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Future Ground-Based Vehicles and Network Initiatives Face Development and Funding Challenges
GAO-12-181T:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

Department of Defense:

Use of Neurocognitive Assessment Tools in Post-Deployment Identification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
GAO-12-27R:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.

DOD and VA Health Care:

Action Needed to Strengthen Integration across Care Coordination and Case Management Programs
GAO-12-129T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

DOD Financial Management:

Challenges in the Implementation of Business Systems Could Impact Audit Readiness Efforts
GAO-12-177T:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.

Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle:

DOD Needs to Ensure New Acquisition Strategy is Based on Sufficient Information
GAO-11-641:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.

International Military Education and Training:

Agencies Should Emphasize Human Rights Training and Improve Evaluations
GAO-12-123:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.

Language and Culture Training:

Military Training:

Preventing Sexual Harassment:

DOD Needs Greater Leadership Commitment and an Oversight Framework
GAO-11-809:
Published: Sep 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2011.

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-12-127T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Suspension and Debarment:

Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-11-739:
Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Warfighter Support:

DOD Has Made Progress, but Supply and Distribution Challenges Remain in Afghanistan
GAO-12-138:
Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:

Actions Needed to Reduce Evolving but Uncertain Federal Financial Risks
GAO-12-86:
Published: Oct 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2011.

Environmental Protection Agency:

Management Challenges and Budget Observations
GAO-12-149T:
Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

EPA Health Risk Assessments:

Oversight and Sustained Management Key to Overcoming Challenges
GAO-12-148T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

Yucca Mountain:

Information on Alternative Uses of the Site and Related Challenges
GAO-11-847:
Published: Sep 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
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Retirement Security

Income Security:

Older Adults and the 2007-2009 Recession
GAO-12-76:
Published: Oct 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2011.

Income Security:

The Effect of the 2007-2009 Recession on Older Adults
GAO-12-172T:
Published: Oct 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2011.
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Space

Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle:

DOD Needs to Ensure New Acquisition Strategy is Based on Sufficient Information
GAO-11-641:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Business Systems Modernization:

Internal Revenue Service's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
GAO-12-26:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

E-Filing Tax Returns:

Penalty Authority and Digitizing More Paper Return Data Could Increase Benefits
GAO-12-33:
Published: Oct 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2011.

Financial Derivatives:

Disparate Tax Treatment and Information Gaps Create Uncertainty and Potential Abuse
GAO-11-750:
Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.

Highway Trust Fund:

All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes from 2005 to 2009
GAO-11-918:
Published: Sep 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

Tax Administration:

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Transportation

Aviation Safety:

Enhanced Oversight and Improved Availability of Risk- Based Data Could Further Improve Safety
GAO-12-24:
Published: Oct 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2011.

Aviation Safety:

Status of FAA's Actions to Oversee the Safety of Composite Airplanes
GAO-11-849:
Published: Sep 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.

Aviation Security:

Freight Railroad Safety:

Hours of Service Changes Have Increased Rest Time, but More Can Be Done to Address Fatigue Risks
GAO-11-853:
Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2011.

Freight Railroad Safety:

Highway Trust Fund:

All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes from 2005 to 2009
GAO-11-918:
Published: Sep 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.

Next Generation Air Transportation System:

FAA Has Made Some Progress in Implementation, but Delays Threaten to Impact Costs and Benefits
GAO-12-141T:
Published: Oct 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2011.

On-the-Job Training:

Federal Highway Administration Needs to Strengthen Program Assessment
GAO-11-703:
Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.
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Veterans

DOD and VA Health Care:

Action Needed to Strengthen Integration across Care Coordination and Case Management Programs
GAO-12-129T:
Published: Oct 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.

VA Health Care:

VA Mental Health:

Number of Veterans Receiving Care, Barriers Faced, and Efforts to Increase Access
GAO-12-12:
Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2011.

VA Philippines Office:

Maintain Operations, but More Information Needed to Determine Future Presence
GAO-12-20R:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Indian Health Service:

Continued Efforts Needed to Help Strengthen Response to Sexual Assaults and Domestic Violence
GAO-12-29:
Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.

Supplemental Security Income:

Preliminary Observations on Children with Mental Impairments
GAO-12-196T:
Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.

TANF and Child Welfare Programs:

Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services
GAO-12-2:
Published: Oct 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families:

HHS Needs to Improve Guidance and Monitoring of Tribal Programs
GAO-11-758:
Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Aldevra
B-405271,B-405524,
Oct 11, 2011

A1 Procurement JVD
B-404800.4,
Oct 11, 2011

ArmorWorks Enterprises LLC
B-405450,
Oct 28, 2011

Brooks Range Contract Services, Inc.
B-405327,
Oct 12, 2011

Data Solutions & Technology, Inc.
B-405077.2,
Oct 12, 2011

EBA Ernest Bland Associates, P.C.
B-404825.5,B-404825.6,
Oct 11, 2011

FedCon RKR JV LLC
B-405257,
Oct 4, 2011

Focused Management, Inc.--Costs
B-404029.6,
Oct 3, 2011

GEA Engineering, P.C.
B-405318,
Oct 13, 2011

Globecomm Systems, Inc.
B-405303.2,B-405303.3,
Oct 31, 2011

J&J Maintenance, Inc.
B-405310,
Oct 17, 2011

JRS Management
B-405361,B-405361.2,B-405361.3,
Oct 3, 2011

Kitco Defense, Inc.
B-405510,
Oct 4, 2011

KMS Solutions, LLC
B-405323.2,B-405323.3,
Oct 6, 2011

Luke & Associates, Inc.
B-405348,
Oct 13, 2011

Mark Dunning Industries, Inc.
B-405417,
Oct 6, 2011

MPC Containment Systems, LLC
B-405354,B-405354.4,
Oct 6, 2011

NCS Technologies, Inc.
B-405192.2,
Oct 27, 2011

NEK Advanced Securities Group, Inc.
B-405270.2,B-405270.3,
Oct 3, 2011

OER Services, LLC
B-405273,
Oct 7, 2011

OnSite Sterilization, LLC
B-405395,
Oct 25, 2011

Outdoor Venture Corporation
B-405423,
Oct 25, 2011

Paragon TEC, Inc.
B-405384,
Oct 25, 2011

Pride Mobility Products Corporation
B-405371,
Oct 25, 2011

Raytheon Technical Services Company, LLC
B-404655.4,B-404655.5,B-404655.6,
Oct 11, 2011

RELM Wireless Corporation
B-405358,
Oct 7, 2011

RMI
B-405409,
Oct 20, 2011

SECO Systems, Inc.
B-404905.3,B-404905.4,
Oct 4, 2011

Serco Inc.
B-405280,
Oct 12, 2011

Six3 Systems, Inc.
B-404885.2,
Oct 20, 2011

Supreme Foodservice GmbH
B-405400.1,B-405400.2,
Oct 31, 2011

Technosource Information Systems, LLC; TrueTandem, LLC
B-405296,B-405296.2,B-405296.3,
Oct 17, 2011

TeleCommunication Systems Inc.
B-404496.3,
Oct 26, 2011

The McConnell Group, Inc.
B-405377,
Oct 21, 2011

Trujillo/AHW, JV
B-403958.4,
Oct 13, 2011

Valor Construction Management, LLC
B-405306,
Oct 17, 2011

Valor Construction Management, LLC
B-405365,
Oct 24, 2011

Vizada Inc.
B-405251,B-405251.2,B-405251.3,
Oct 5, 2011

Y&K Maintenance, Inc.
B-405310.2,
Oct 17, 2011
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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