Month in Review, May 2012

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Auditing and Financial Management

Bureau of the Public Debt:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-12-616R:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Financial Audit:

Congressional Award Foundation's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements
GAO-12-682:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Grants Management:

Action Needed to Improve the Timeliness of Grant Closeouts by Federal Agencies
GAO-12-360:
Published: Apr 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

Management Report:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:

Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for 2011 and 2010
GAO-12-663R:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

Securities Regulation:

Opportunities Exist to Improve SEC's Oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
GAO-12-625:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

Government's Exposure to AIG Lessens as Equity Investments Are Sold
GAO-12-574:
Published: May 7, 2012. Publicly Released: May 7, 2012.

Uranium Mining:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Financial Assurances
GAO-12-544:
Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.
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Budget and Spending

GAO Schedule Assessment Guide:

Best Practices for Project Schedules—Exposure Draft
GAO-12-120G:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Consumer Product Safety Commission:

A More Active Role in Voluntary Standards Development Should Be Considered
GAO-12-582:
Published: May 21, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.

Management Report:

Securities Regulation:

Opportunities Exist to Improve SEC's Oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
GAO-12-625:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
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Economic Development

Economic Development:

HUD Has Identified Performance Measures for Its Block Grant Programs, but Information on Impact Is Limited
GAO-12-575R:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Indian Issues:

Federal Funding for Non-Federally Recognized Tribes
GAO-12-348:
Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
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Employment

Disability Employment:

Further Action Needed to Oversee Efforts to Meet Federal Government Hiring Goals
GAO-12-568:
Published: May 25, 2012. Publicly Released: May 25, 2012.

Food and Drug Administration:

Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications
GAO-12-650R:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.

Unemployed Older Workers:

Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-724T:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Workplace Safety and Health:

Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs
GAO-12-329:
Published: Apr 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
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Energy

Energy Conservation and Climate Change:

Factors to Consider in the Design of the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit
GAO-12-318:
Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Nuclear Regulation:

NRC's Oversight of Nuclear Power Reactors' Decommissioning Funds Could Be Further Strengthened
GAO-12-258:
Published: Apr 5, 2012. Publicly Released: May 7, 2012.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Natural Hazard Assessments Could Be More Risk-Informed
GAO-12-465:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 29, 2012.

Nuclear Safety:

DOE Needs to Determine the Costs and Benefits of Its Safety Reform Effort
GAO-12-347:
Published: Apr 20, 2012. Publicly Released: May 22, 2012.

Nuclear Weapons:

Unconventional Oil and Gas Production:

Opportunities and Challenges of Oil Shale Development
GAO-12-740T:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Management Report:

Securities Regulation:

Opportunities Exist to Improve SEC's Oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
GAO-12-625:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

Government's Exposure to AIG Lessens as Equity Investments Are Sold
GAO-12-574:
Published: May 7, 2012. Publicly Released: May 7, 2012.
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Government Operations

2020 Census:

Additional Steps Are Needed to Build on Early Planning
GAO-12-626:
Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

Foreign Police Assistance:

Defined Roles and Improved Information Sharing Could Enhance Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-534:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

GAO Schedule Assessment Guide:

Best Practices for Project Schedules—Exposure Draft
GAO-12-120G:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.

Grants Management:

Action Needed to Improve the Timeliness of Grant Closeouts by Federal Agencies
GAO-12-360:
Published: Apr 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

Homelessness:

Fragmentation and Overlap in Programs Highlight the Need to Identify, Assess, and Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-12-491:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

Management Report:

Management Report:

Opportunities for Improvement in the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Internal Controls
GAO-12-499R:
Published: May 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 16, 2012.

Managing for Results:

GAO's Work Related to the Interim Crosscutting Priority Goals under the GPRA Modernization Act
GAO-12-620R:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Social Security Administration:

Improved Planning and Performance Measures Are Needed to Help Ensure Successful Technology Modernization
GAO-12-495:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Social Security Administration:

Technology Modernization Needs Improved Planning and Performance Measures
GAO-12-723T:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Streamlining Government:

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Health Care

Department of Health and Human Services:

Opportunities for Financial Savings and Program Improvements in Medicare and Medicaid Remain
GAO-12-719T:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Food and Drug Administration:

Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications
GAO-12-650R:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.

Medicare:

Review of the First Year of CMS's Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program's Round 1 Rebid
GAO-12-693:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Medicare:

The First Year of the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program Round 1 Rebid
GAO-12-733T:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Mental Health and Substance Use:

Treatment Exclusions in Employers' Health Insurance Coverage
GAO-12-761R:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:

Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for 2011 and 2010
GAO-12-663R:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief:

Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination
GAO-12-673:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.
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Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security:

Further Action Needed to Improve Management of Special Acquisition Authority
GAO-12-557:
Published: May 8, 2012. Publicly Released: May 8, 2012.

Homeland Security:

DHS and TSA Face Challenges Overseeing Acquisition of Screening Technologies
GAO-12-644T:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Homeland Security:

Observations on the Coast Guard's and the Department of Homeland Security's Fleet Studies
GAO-12-751R:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Terrorist Watchlist:

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Housing

Homelessness:

Fragmentation and Overlap in Programs Highlight the Need to Identify, Assess, and Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-12-491:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

Economic Development:

HUD Has Identified Performance Measures for Its Block Grant Programs, but Information on Impact Is Limited
GAO-12-575R:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Information Technology:

HUD's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan Satisfies Statutory Conditions
GAO-12-654:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Inspectors General:

HUD Office of Inspector General Resources and Results
GAO-12-618:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Management Report:

Opportunities for Improvement in the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Internal Controls
GAO-12-499R:
Published: May 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 16, 2012.

Moving to Work Demonstration:

Opportunities Exist to Improve Information and Monitoring
GAO-12-490:
Published: Apr 19, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.
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Human Capital

Food and Drug Administration:

Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications
GAO-12-650R:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.
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Information Management

Bureau of the Public Debt:

Areas for Improvement in Information Systems Controls
GAO-12-616R:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Foreign Police Assistance:

Defined Roles and Improved Information Sharing Could Enhance Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-534:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
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Information Technology

Information Technology:

HUD's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan Satisfies Statutory Conditions
GAO-12-654:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Information Technology Reform:

Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results
GAO-12-745T:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Information Technology Reform:

Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results
GAO-12-461:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 24, 2012.

Social Security Administration:

Improved Planning and Performance Measures Are Needed to Help Ensure Successful Technology Modernization
GAO-12-495:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.

Social Security Administration:

Technology Modernization Needs Improved Planning and Performance Measures
GAO-12-723T:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
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International Affairs

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties:

Management Enhancements Needed to Improve Efforts to Detect and Deter Duty Evasion
GAO-12-551:
Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

Foreign Police Assistance:

Defined Roles and Improved Information Sharing Could Enhance Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-534:
Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.

Human Rights:

State Department Followed an Extensive Process to Prepare Annual Country Reports
GAO-12-561R:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief:

Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination
GAO-12-673:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Security Force Assistance:

Additional Actions Needed to Guide Geographic Combatant Command and Service Efforts
GAO-12-556:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

State Partnership Program:

Improved Oversight, Guidance, and Training Needed for National Guard's Efforts with Foreign Partners
GAO-12-548:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Border Patrol Strategy:

Progress and Challenges in Implementation and Assessment Efforts
GAO-12-688T:
Published: May 8, 2012. Publicly Released: May 8, 2012.

Indigent Defense:

Indigent Defense:

Surveys of Grant Recipients, Select Tribes, and Indigent Defense Providers
GAO-12-661SP:
Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.

Justice and Law Enforcement:

Limited Data Available on USDA and Interior Attorney Fee Claims and Payments
GAO-12-417R:
Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Tribal Law and Order Act:

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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Further Action Needed to Improve DOD's Insight and Management of Long-term Maintenance Contracts
GAO-12-558:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Defense Infrastructure:

Defense Infrastructure:

DOD Can Improve Its Response to Environmental Exposures on Military Installations
GAO-12-412:
Published: May 1, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Defense Inventory:

Actions Underway to Implement Improvement Plan, but Steps Needed to Enhance Efforts
GAO-12-493:
Published: May 3, 2012. Publicly Released: May 3, 2012.

Defense Logistics:

Defense Management:

Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies
GAO-12-480R:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

DOD Strategic Communication:

Integrating Foreign Audience Perceptions into Policy Making, Plans, and Operations
GAO-12-612R:
Published: May 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Force Structure:

Army and Marine Corps Efforts to Review Nonstandard Equipment for Future Usefulness
GAO-12-532R:
Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.

Military Disability System:

Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Performance
GAO-12-718T:
Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.

Nuclear Weapons:

Security Force Assistance:

Additional Actions Needed to Guide Geographic Combatant Command and Service Efforts
GAO-12-556:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

State Partnership Program:

Improved Oversight, Guidance, and Training Needed for National Guard's Efforts with Foreign Partners
GAO-12-548:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Tactical Aircraft:

F-22A Modernization Program Faces Cost, Technical, and Sustainment Risks
GAO-12-447:
Published: May 2, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Warfighter Support:

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Natural Resources and Environment

Natural Resources and Environment:

Air Emissions and Electricity Generation at U.S. Power Plants
GAO-12-545R:
Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: May 18, 2012.

Defense Infrastructure:

DOD Can Improve Its Response to Environmental Exposures on Military Installations
GAO-12-412:
Published: May 1, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Energy Conservation and Climate Change:

Factors to Consider in the Design of the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit
GAO-12-318:
Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.

Federal Land Management:

Availability and Potential Reliability of Selected Data Elements at Five Agencies
GAO-12-691T:
Published: May 3, 2012. Publicly Released: May 3, 2012.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Production:

Opportunities and Challenges of Oil Shale Development
GAO-12-740T:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.
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Retirement Security

401(k) Plans:

Increased Educational Outreach and Broader Oversight May Help Reduce Plan Fees
GAO-12-325:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.

401(k) Plans:

Survey of 401(k) Plan Sponsors on Fees (GAO-12-550SP, April 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-325
GAO-12-550SP:
Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.

Unemployed Older Workers:

Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-445:
Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.

Unemployed Older Workers:

Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security
GAO-12-724T:
Published: May 15, 2012. Publicly Released: May 15, 2012.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Foreign Account Reporting Requirements:

IRS Needs to Further Develop Risk, Compliance, and Cost Plans
GAO-12-484:
Published: Apr 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 16, 2012.

Small Employer Health Tax Credit:

Factors Contributing to Low Use and Complexity
GAO-12-549:
Published: May 14, 2012. Publicly Released: May 21, 2012.
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Transportation

Highway Infrastructure:

Federal-State Partnership Produces Benefits and Poses Oversight Risks
GAO-12-474:
Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 29, 2012.
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Veterans

Military Disability System:

Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Performance
GAO-12-718T:
Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.

VA Administrative Investigations:

Improvements Needed in Collecting and Sharing Information
GAO-12-483:
Published: Apr 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.

VA Dialysis Pilot:

Increased Attention to Planning, Implementation, and Performance Measurement Needed to Help Achieve Goals
GAO-12-584:
Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Homelessness:

Fragmentation and Overlap in Programs Highlight the Need to Identify, Assess, and Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-12-491:
Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: May 10, 2012.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families:

State Maintenance of Effort Requirements and Trends
GAO-12-713T:
Published: May 17, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Business Computer Applications, Inc.
B-406230.3,
May 16, 2012

Camber Corporation
B-405812.2,
May 25, 2012

Colorado Professional Resources, LLC
B-406413,B-406413.2,
May 18, 2012

Cygnus Corporation
B-406350,B-406350.2,
Apr 11, 2012

Estrategy Inc.
B-406466,B-406467,
May 4, 2012

IAP-Hill, LLC
B-406289,B-406289.2,B-406289.3,
Apr 4, 2012

Kingdomware Technologies
B-406507,
May 30, 2012

Kingdomware Technologies--Costs
B-406228.2,
May 10, 2012

McKissack-URS Partners, JV
B-406489.2,B-406489.3,B-406489.4,
May 22, 2012

Metropolitan Interpreters and Translators, Inc.
B-403912.4,B-403912.5,B-403912.6,B-403912.9,
May 31, 2011

MicroTechnologies, LLC
B-403713.6,
Jun 9, 2011

MVM, Inc.
B-403912.3,
May 26, 2011

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
B-406411,B-406411.2,
May 25, 2012

NSR Solutions, Inc.
B-406337,B-406337.2,
Apr 18, 2012

NxGen Process Group, LLC--Costs
B-406650.2,
May 24, 2012

SGT, Inc.
B-405736,B-405736.2,
Dec 27, 2011

Shaka, Inc.--Claim for Costs
B-405552.2,
May 17, 2012

The Dixon Group, Inc.
B-406201,B-406201.2,
Mar 9, 2012

Tipton Textile Rental, Inc.
B-406372,
May 9, 2012

Unisys Corporation
B-406326,B-406326.2,B-406326.3,
Apr 18, 2012

URS Federal Technical Services, Inc.
B-405922.2,B-405922.3,
May 9, 2012

Wegco, Inc.
B-405673.3,
May 21, 2012
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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