Month in Review, December 2012

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Agriculture and Food

International Food Assistance:

U.S. Nonemergency Food Aid Programs Have Similar Objectives but Some Planning Helps Limit Overlap
GAO-13-141R:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Afghanistan Drawdown Preparations:

DOD Decision Makers Need Additional Analyses to Determine Costs and Benefits of Returning Excess Equipment
GAO-13-185R:
Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2012.

Civil Rights:

Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations
GAO-13-69R:
Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.

Defense Contracting:

DOD Financial Management:

Actions Needed to Address Deficiencies in Controls over Army Active Duty Military Payroll
GAO-13-28:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.

Inmate Reentry Programs:

Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.

Medicaid:

More Transparency of and Accountability for Supplemental Payments Are Needed
GAO-13-48:
Published: Nov 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2012.

Medicare Program Integrity:

Greater Prepayment Control Efforts Could Increase Savings and Better Ensure Proper Payment
GAO-13-102:
Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2012.
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Budget and Spending

The Federal Government's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook:

Fall 2012 Update
GAO-13-148SP:
Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Agency Faces Challenges in Responding to New Product Risks
GAO-13-150:
Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.

Telecommunications:

Federal Contracting:

Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts
GAO-13-118:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Product Safety Laboratories:

OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination
GAO-13-88:
Published: Dec 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.

Small Business Lending:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Performance Reporting of Treasury's Programs
GAO-13-76:
Published: Dec 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2012.
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Education

Higher Education:

A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans
GAO-13-64:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
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Employment

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Effects of Proposed Changes on Partial Disability Beneficiaries Depend on Employment After Injury
GAO-13-143R:
Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.

Employment:

Information on Former High-Ranking Coast Guard Officials' Employment with Major Contractors
GAO-13-153R:
Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.

Inmate Reentry Programs:

Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.

Military Spouse Employment Programs:

DOD Can Improve Guidance and Performance Monitoring
GAO-13-60:
Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2012.

Product Safety Laboratories:

OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination
GAO-13-88:
Published: Dec 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.
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Energy

International Affairs:

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Equal Opportunity

Civil Rights:

Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations
GAO-13-69R:
Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Dodd-Frank Act:

Agencies' Efforts to Analyze and Coordinate Their Rules
GAO-13-101:
Published: Dec 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2012.

Small Business Lending:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Performance Reporting of Treasury's Programs
GAO-13-76:
Published: Dec 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2012.
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Government Operations

2020 Census:

Initial Research Milestones Generally Met but Plans Needed to Mitigate Highest Risks
GAO-13-53:
Published: Nov 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.

Federal Contracting:

Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts
GAO-13-118:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.

Federal Employees' Compensation Act:

Effects of Proposed Changes on Partial Disability Beneficiaries Depend on Employment After Injury
GAO-13-143R:
Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.

Employment:

Information on Former High-Ranking Coast Guard Officials' Employment with Major Contractors
GAO-13-153R:
Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.

U.S. Postal Service:

Status, Financial Outlook, and Alternative Approaches to Fund Retiree Health Benefits
GAO-13-112:
Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2012.
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Health Care

CMS Innovation Center:

Electronic Health Records:

Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicaid Incentive Payments for 2011
GAO-13-146R:
Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2012.

End-Stage Renal Disease:

Reduction in Drug Utilization Suggests Bundled Payment Is Too High
GAO-13-190R:
Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2012.

Medicaid and CHIP:

Considerations for Express Lane Eligibility
GAO-13-178R:
Published: Dec 5, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2012.

Medicaid Integrity Program:

CMS Should Take Steps to Eliminate Duplication and Improve Efficiency
GAO-13-50:
Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2012.

Medicaid:

More Transparency of and Accountability for Supplemental Payments Are Needed
GAO-13-48:
Published: Nov 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2012.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Medicare Physician Payment:

Private-Sector Initiatives Can Help Inform CMS Quality and Efficiency Incentive Efforts
GAO-13-160:
Published: Dec 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2012.

Medicare Program Integrity:

Greater Prepayment Control Efforts Could Increase Savings and Better Ensure Proper Payment
GAO-13-102:
Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2012.

U.S. Postal Service:

Status, Financial Outlook, and Alternative Approaches to Fund Retiree Health Benefits
GAO-13-112:
Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2012.
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Homeland Security

DHS Strategic Workforce Planning:

Oversight of Departmentwide Efforts Should Be Strengthened
GAO-13-65:
Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.

Employment:

Information on Former High-Ranking Coast Guard Officials' Employment with Major Contractors
GAO-13-153R:
Published: Dec 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2012.

Screening Partnership Program:

TSA Should Issue More Guidance to Airports and Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance
GAO-13-208:
Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
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Housing

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits:

Agencies Implemented Changes Enacted in 2008, but Project Data Collection Could Be Improved
GAO-13-66:
Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
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Human Capital

DHS Strategic Workforce Planning:

Oversight of Departmentwide Efforts Should Be Strengthened
GAO-13-65:
Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.

DOJ Workforce Planning:

Grant-Making Components Should Enhance the Utility of Their Staffing Models
GAO-13-92:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
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Information Management

Electronic Health Records:

Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicaid Incentive Payments for 2011
GAO-13-146R:
Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2012.

Inmate Reentry Programs:

Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
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International Affairs

Afghanistan Development:

Agencies Could Benefit from a Shared and More Comprehensive Database on U.S. Efforts
GAO-13-34:
Published: Nov 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.

Export Controls:

International Affairs:

International Affairs:

Follow-up on the Haiti Earned Import Allowance Program
GAO-13-219R:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.

International Food Assistance:

U.S. Nonemergency Food Aid Programs Have Similar Objectives but Some Planning Helps Limit Overlap
GAO-13-141R:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

DOJ Workforce Planning:

Grant-Making Components Should Enhance the Utility of Their Staffing Models
GAO-13-92:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.

Inmate Reentry Programs:

Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
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National Defense

Afghanistan Drawdown Preparations:

DOD Decision Makers Need Additional Analyses to Determine Costs and Benefits of Returning Excess Equipment
GAO-13-185R:
Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2012.

Defense Contracting:

Defense Management:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Information Used in Monitoring Status of Efficiency Initiatives
GAO-13-105R:
Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2012.

DOD Financial Management:

Actions Needed to Address Deficiencies in Controls over Army Active Duty Military Payroll
GAO-13-28:
Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.

Military Spouse Employment Programs:

DOD Can Improve Guidance and Performance Monitoring
GAO-13-60:
Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2012.

Weapons Acquisition Reform:

Reform Act Is Helping DOD Acquisition Programs Reduce Risk, but Implementation Challenges Remain
GAO-13-103:
Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Mineral Resources:

Mineral Volume, Value, and Revenue
GAO-13-45R:
Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
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Retirement Security

U.S. Postal Service:

Status, Financial Outlook, and Alternative Approaches to Fund Retiree Health Benefits
GAO-13-112:
Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2012.
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Space

James Webb Space Telescope:

Actions Needed to Improve Cost Estimate and Oversight of Test and Integration
GAO-13-4:
Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits:

Agencies Implemented Changes Enacted in 2008, but Project Data Collection Could Be Improved
GAO-13-66:
Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
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Telecommunications

Telecommunications:

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Transportation

High-Speed Passenger Rail:

Preliminary Assessment of California's Cost Estimates and Other Challenges
GAO-13-163T:
Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.

Passenger Rail Security:

Consistent Incident Reporting and Analysis Needed to Achieve Program Objectives
GAO-13-20:
Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2012.

Screening Partnership Program:

TSA Should Issue More Guidance to Airports and Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance
GAO-13-208:
Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Older Americans Act:

Options to Better Target Need and Improve Equity
GAO-13-74:
Published: Nov 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.

Supplemental Security Income:

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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Agile Defense, Inc.
B-407179,
Nov 16, 2012

American Technical Services, Inc.
B-407168,B-407168.2,
Nov 21, 2012

BCI Construction USA, Inc.
B-407451,
Dec 4, 2012

B&S Transport, Inc.
B-407589,
Dec 27, 2012

Dellew Corporation
B-407159,
Nov 16, 2012

Exelis Systems Corporation
B-407111,B-407111.2,B-407111.3,B-407111.4,
Nov 13, 2012

Impact Resource Technologies
B-407259.2,
Dec 4, 2012

Kingdomware Technologies
B-407389,
Dec 4, 2012

M7 Aerospace
B-405732.5,
Feb 13, 2012

NikSoft Systems Corporation
B-407195,B-407195.2,
Nov 27, 2012

Pinnacle Solutions, Inc.
B-406998,B-406998.2,
Oct 16, 2012

Sterling Medical Associates, Inc.
B-406729,B-406729.2,
Aug 8, 2012

Strategic Resources, Inc.
B-406841.2,
Nov 27, 2012

TestVonics Inc.
B-406700.3,
Dec 4, 2012

TMG Construction Corporation
B-407190,
Nov 19, 2012

Wilson 5 Service Company, Inc.
B-407047,
Oct 18, 2012
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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