Month in Review, April 2012

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Agriculture and Food

Crop Insurance:

Savings Would Result from Program Changes and Greater Use of Data Mining
GAO-12-256:
Published: Mar 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.

Farm Bill:

Issues to Consider for Reauthorization
GAO-12-338SP:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
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Auditing and Financial Management

DOD Financial Management:

Challenges in Attaining Audit Readiness and Improving Business Processes and Systems
GAO-12-642T:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.

Financial Audit:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements
GAO-12-416:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Financial Literacy:

Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Federal Government's Role
GAO-12-636T:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Management Report:

Improvements Needed in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-12-424R:
Published: Apr 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2012.
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Budget and Spending

Agency Operations:

Agencies Must Continue to Comply with Fiscal Laws Despite the Possibility of Sequestration
GAO-12-675T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Defined Contribution Plans:

Approaches in Other Countries Offer Beneficial Strategies in Several Areas
GAO-12-328:
Published: Mar 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.

Department of Energy:

Budget Trends and Oversight
GAO-12-659T:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.

State and Local Governments' Fiscal Outlook:

April 2012 Update
GAO-12-523SP:
Published: Apr 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2012.

The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook:

Spring 2012 Update
GAO-12-521SP:
Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2012.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Federal Antitrust Policy:

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Economic Development

Tax Policy and Administration:

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Education

Financial Literacy:

Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Federal Government's Role
GAO-12-636T:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

School Improvement Grants:

Education Should Take Additional Steps to Enhance Accountability for Schools and Contractors
GAO-12-373:
Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.

School Improvement Grants:

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Employment

Defined Contribution Plans:

Approaches in Other Countries Offer Beneficial Strategies in Several Areas
GAO-12-328:
Published: Mar 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Status of Previously Identified Management Challenges
GAO-12-508R:
Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2012.

Workplace Safety and Health:

Multiple Challenges Lengthen OSHA's Standard Setting
GAO-12-602T:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Workplace Safety and Health:

Multiple Challenges Lengthen OSHA's Standard Setting
GAO-12-330:
Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.
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Energy

Department of Energy:

Budget Trends and Oversight
GAO-12-659T:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Renewable Energy Project Financing:

Improved Guidance and Information Sharing Needed for DOD Project-Level Officials
GAO-12-401:
Published: Apr 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2012.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Federal Reserve Banks:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-12-615R:
Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.

Financial Audit:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements
GAO-12-416:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Financial Literacy:

Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Federal Government's Role
GAO-12-636T:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Management Report:

Improvements Needed in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-12-424R:
Published: Apr 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2012.
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Government Operations

Agency Operations:

Agencies Must Continue to Comply with Fiscal Laws Despite the Possibility of Sequestration
GAO-12-675T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Border Security:

Opportunities Exist to Ensure More Effective Use of DHS's Air and Marine Assets
GAO-12-518:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Status of Previously Identified Management Challenges
GAO-12-508R:
Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2012.

Federal Telework:

Program Measurement Continues to Confront Data Reliability Issues
GAO-12-519:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Management Report:

Improvements Needed in SEC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-12-424R:
Published: Apr 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2012.

Medicaid:

Federal Oversight of Payments and Program Integrity Needs Improvement
GAO-12-674T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Patent and Trademark Office:

New User Fee Design Presents Opportunities to Build on Transparency and Communication Success
GAO-12-514R:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

U.S. Postal Service:

Challenges Related to Restructuring the Postal Service's Retail Network
GAO-12-433:
Published: Apr 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2012.

U.S. Postal Service:

Field Offices' Role in Cost-Reduction and Revenue-Generation Efforts
GAO-12-506:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

U.S. Postal Service:

Mail Processing Network Exceeds What Is Needed for Declining Mail Volume
GAO-12-470:
Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.
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Health Care

Electronic Health Records:

Federal Antitrust Policy:

Group Purchasing Organizations:

Federal Oversight and Self-Regulation
GAO-12-399R:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.

Medicaid:

Federal Oversight of Payments and Program Integrity Needs Improvement
GAO-12-674T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Medicare Advantage:

Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration Undermined by High Estimated Costs and Design Shortcomings
GAO-12-409R:
Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.

Medicare:

Implementation of Financial Incentive Programs under Federal Fraud and Abuse Laws
GAO-12-355:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.

Medicare:

Important Steps Have Been Taken, but More Could Be Done to Deter Fraud
GAO-12-671T:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.

Medicare Program Integrity:

CMS Continues Efforts to Strengthen the Screening of Providers and Suppliers
GAO-12-351:
Published: Apr 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.

Medicare Secondary Payer:

Additional Steps Are Needed to Improve Program Effectiveness for Non-Group Health Plans
GAO-12-333:
Published: Mar 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2012.

Prescription Drugs:

FDA Has Met Most Performance Goals for Reviewing Applications
GAO-12-500:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.

Private Health Insurance:

Estimates of Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions Range from 36 Million to 122 Million
GAO-12-439:
Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Workplace Safety and Health:

Multiple Challenges Lengthen OSHA's Standard Setting
GAO-12-602T:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Workplace Safety and Health:

Multiple Challenges Lengthen OSHA's Standard Setting
GAO-12-330:
Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.
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Homeland Security

Border Security:

Border Security:

Opportunities Exist to Ensure More Effective Use of DHS's Air and Marine Assets
GAO-12-518:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.

Checked Baggage Screening:

Federal Protective Service:

Better Data on Facility Jurisdictions Needed to Enhance Collaboration with State and Local Law Enforcement
GAO-12-434:
Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Maritime Security:

Coast Guard Efforts to Address Port Recovery and Salvage Response
GAO-12-494R:
Published: Apr 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
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Housing

Housing Choice Vouchers:

Options Exist to Increase Program Efficiencies
GAO-12-300:
Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
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Human Capital

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Workforce Planning and Training Could Be Enhanced by Incorporating Strategic Management Principles
GAO-12-487:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Federal Telework:

Program Measurement Continues to Confront Data Reliability Issues
GAO-12-519:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces
GAO-12-468:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
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Information Management

Crop Insurance:

Savings Would Result from Program Changes and Greater Use of Data Mining
GAO-12-256:
Published: Mar 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.

Electronic Health Records:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-12-615R:
Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.

Renewable Energy Project Financing:

Improved Guidance and Information Sharing Needed for DOD Project-Level Officials
GAO-12-401:
Published: Apr 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2012.
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Information Security

Cybersecurity:

Threats Impacting the Nation
GAO-12-666T:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
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Information Technology

Crop Insurance:

Savings Would Result from Program Changes and Greater Use of Data Mining
GAO-12-256:
Published: Mar 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.

Information Technology:

FDA Needs to Fully Implement Key Management Practices to Lessen Modernization Risks
GAO-12-346:
Published: Mar 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2012.
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International Affairs

Export Controls:

U.S. Agencies Need to Assess Control List Reform's Impact on Compliance Activities
GAO-12-613:
Published: Apr 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.

Export Promotion:

The Export-Import Bank's Financing of Dual-Use Exports
GAO-12-628R:
Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Agency Operations:

Agencies Must Continue to Comply with Fiscal Laws Despite the Possibility of Sequestration
GAO-12-675T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

FBI Counterterrorism:

Medicare:

Important Steps Have Been Taken, but More Could Be Done to Deter Fraud
GAO-12-671T:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.

Military Personnel:

Prior GAO Work on DOD's Actions to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault in the Military
GAO-12-571R:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2012.
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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Further Actions Needed to Improve Accountability for DOD's Inventory of Contracted Services
GAO-12-357:
Published: Apr 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2012.

Defense Biometrics:

Defense Health Care:

Applying Key Management Practices Should Help Achieve Efficiencies within the Military Health System
GAO-12-224:
Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.

DOD Financial Management:

Challenges in Attaining Audit Readiness and Improving Business Processes and Systems
GAO-12-642T:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.

Military Education:

Improved Oversight and Management Needed for DOD's Fellowship and Training-with-Industry Programs
GAO-12-367:
Published: Apr 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2012.

Military Personnel:

Prior GAO Work on DOD's Actions to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault in the Military
GAO-12-571R:
Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2012.

Missile Defense:

Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency and Improving Parts Quality
GAO-12-600T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Missile Defense:

Opportunity Exists to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency
GAO-12-486:
Published: Apr 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2012.

Renewable Energy Project Financing:

Improved Guidance and Information Sharing Needed for DOD Project-Level Officials
GAO-12-401:
Published: Apr 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2012.

Tactical Aircraft:

Comparison of F-22A and Legacy Fighter Modernization Programs
GAO-12-524:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Urgent Warfighter Needs:

Opportunities Exist to Expedite Development and Fielding of Joint Capabilities
GAO-12-385:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Army Corps of Engineers:

Peer Review Process for Civil Works Project Studies Can Be Improved
GAO-12-352:
Published: Mar 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2012.

Renewable Energy Project Financing:

Improved Guidance and Information Sharing Needed for DOD Project-Level Officials
GAO-12-401:
Published: Apr 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2012.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Tax Policy and Administration:

Internal Revenue Service:

Opportunities to Improve the Taxpayer Experience and Voluntary Compliance
GAO-12-652T:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.

Tax Gap:

Sources of Noncompliance and Strategies to Reduce It
GAO-12-651T:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2012.

Tobacco Taxes:

Large Disparities in Rates for Smoking Products Trigger Significant Market Shifts to Avoid Higher Taxes
GAO-12-475:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
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Transportation

Aviation Safety:

FAA Is Taking Steps to Improve Data, but Challenges for Managing Safety Risks Remain
GAO-12-660T:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.

Checked Baggage Screening:

Commuter Rail:

Potential Impacts and Cost Estimates for the Cancelled Hudson River Tunnel Project
GAO-12-344:
Published: Mar 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2012.

Intelligent Transportation Systems:

Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage Congestion
GAO-12-308:
Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Aldevra
B-406331,B-406391,
Apr 23, 2012

A1 Procurement, JVG--Costs
B-404618.2,
Apr 4, 2012

CH2M Hill Antarctic Support, Inc.
B-406325,B-406325.2,B-406325.3,
Apr 18, 2012

Crosstown Courier Service, Inc.
B-406336,
Apr 23, 2012

DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc.
B-406305,
Apr 6, 2012

DNO Inc.
B-406256,B-406256.2,
Mar 22, 2012

DRIVE Developments, Inc.
B-405910.6,
Apr 19, 2012

Gonzales-Stoller Remediation Services, LLC
B-406183.2,B-406183.3,B-406183.4,
Apr 2, 2012

4Granite Inc.
B-406459,
Apr 2, 2012

H P Enterprise Services, LLC
B-405917.2,B-405917.3,
Apr 23, 2012

KNAPP Logistics Automation, Inc.
B-406303,
Mar 23, 2012

LGS Innovations LLC
B-405932.3,
Apr 26, 2012

Linc Government Services, LLC
B-404783.2,B-404783.4,
May 23, 2011

PN&A, Inc.
B-406368,
Apr 23, 2012

The Emergence Group
B-404844.7,
Feb 29, 2012

The Emergence Group
B-404844.5,B-404844.6,
Sep 26, 2011

The Kenjya Group, Inc.; Academy Solutions Group, LLC
B-406314,B-406314.2,
Apr 11, 2012

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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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