Month in Review, August 2013

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Agriculture and Food

Agricultural Trade:

USDA Is Monitoring Market Development Programs as Required but Could Improve Analysis of Impact
GAO-13-740:
Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2013.

Farm Programs:

Additional Steps Needed to Help Prevent Payments to Participants Whose Incomes Exceed Limits
GAO-13-741:
Published: Aug 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2013.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Army and Marine Corps Training:

Better Performance and Cost Data Needed to More Fully Assess Simulation-Based Efforts
GAO-13-698:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

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Budget and Spending

Veterans' Health Care Budget:

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Economic Development

Global Manufacturing:

Foreign Government Programs Differ in Some Key Respects From Those in the United States
GAO-13-365:
Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2013.

Travel Promotion:

Brand USA Needs Plans for Measuring Performance and Updated Policy on Private Sector Contributions
GAO-13-705:
Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2013.
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Education

Education:

Education Needs to Further Examine Data Collection on English Language Learners in Charter Schools
GAO-13-655R:
Published: Jul 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2013.
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Government Operations

International Regulatory Cooperation:

Agency Efforts Could Benefit from Increased Collaboration and Interagency Guidance
GAO-13-588:
Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

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Health Care

Medicare:

Higher Use of Costly Prostate Cancer Treatment by Providers Who Self-Refer Warrants Scrutiny
GAO-13-525:
Published: Jul 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.

Medicare Program Integrity:

Increasing Consistency of Contractor Requirements May Improve Administrative Efficiency
GAO-13-522:
Published: Jul 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

VA Health Care:

Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems
GAO-13-536:
Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2013.

Veterans' Health Care Budget:

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Homeland Security

Border Security:

Border Security:

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

DHS Needs to Improve Its Risk Assessments and Outreach for Chemical Facilities
GAO-13-801T:
Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.

Transportation Security:

Action Needed to Strengthen TSA's Security Threat Assessment Process
GAO-13-629:
Published: Jul 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2013.
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Housing

Rental Housing Assistance:

HUD Data on Self-Sufficiency Programs Should Be Improved
GAO-13-581:
Published: Jul 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2013.
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Human Capital

Border Security:

Border Security:

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Information Management

Intellectual Property:

Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality
GAO-13-465:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.
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Information Technology

Army Networks:

Opportunities Exist to Better Utilize Results from Network Integration Evaluations
GAO-13-711:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.
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International Affairs

Agricultural Trade:

USDA Is Monitoring Market Development Programs as Required but Could Improve Analysis of Impact
GAO-13-740:
Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2013.

Export Promotion:

Better Information Needed about Federal Resources
GAO-13-644:
Published: Jul 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2013.

Foreign Assistance:

U.S. Programs Involving the Palestine Investment Fund
GAO-13-537:
Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2013.

Global Manufacturing:

Foreign Government Programs Differ in Some Key Respects From Those in the United States
GAO-13-365:
Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2013.

International Regulatory Cooperation:

Agency Efforts Could Benefit from Increased Collaboration and Interagency Guidance
GAO-13-588:
Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.

Travel Promotion:

Brand USA Needs Plans for Measuring Performance and Updated Policy on Private Sector Contributions
GAO-13-705:
Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2013.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Intellectual Property:

Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality
GAO-13-465:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.
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National Defense

Army and Marine Corps Training:

Better Performance and Cost Data Needed to More Fully Assess Simulation-Based Efforts
GAO-13-698:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.

Army Networks:

Opportunities Exist to Better Utilize Results from Network Integration Evaluations
GAO-13-711:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.

DOD's POW/MIA Mission:

Next Generation Jammer:

DOD Should Continue to Assess Potential Duplication and Overlap As Program Moves Forward
GAO-13-642:
Published: Aug 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 2013.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Wildland Fire Management:

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Transportation

Intermodal Transportation:

A Variety of Factors Influence Airport-Intercity Passenger Rail Connectivity
GAO-13-691:
Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2013.

Intermodal Transportation:

Transportation Security:

Action Needed to Strengthen TSA's Security Threat Assessment Process
GAO-13-629:
Published: Jul 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2013.
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Veterans

VA Benefits:

Improvements Needed to Ensure Claimants Receive Appropriate Representation
GAO-13-643:
Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2013.

VA Health Care:

Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems
GAO-13-536:
Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2013.

Veterans' Health Care Budget:

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Worker and Family Assistance

Rental Housing Assistance:

HUD Data on Self-Sufficiency Programs Should Be Improved
GAO-13-581:
Published: Jul 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2013.
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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

ABSG Consulting, Inc.
B-404863.7,
Jun 26, 2013

Assist Consultants Inc.
B-408365.2,
Aug 2, 2013

Basic Overnight Quarters, LLC
B-406964,B-406964.2,
Oct 9, 2012

Beretta USA Corporation
B-406376.2,B-406376.3,
Jul 12, 2013

CAE Healthcare, Inc.
B-407328.3,
Feb 1, 2013

DBI Waste Systems, Inc.
B-408304,B-408304.2,
Aug 5, 2013

edCount, LLC--Protest and Costs
B-407556.3,B-407556.4,B-407556.5,B-407556.6,
Aug 15, 2013

George G. Sharp, Inc.
B-408306,
Aug 5, 2013

Global Technology Systems, Inc.
B-408461,
Aug 30, 2013

Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
B-407900,
Apr 3, 2013

IP Network Solutions, Inc.; Emagine IT, Inc.; EnterpriseTech Joint Venture, LLC
B-408232,B-408232.2,B-408232.3,B-408232.5,B-408232.6,B-408232.4,
Jul 25, 2013

KAES Enterprises, LLC
B-408366,
Aug 7, 2013

KAES Enterprises, LLC
B-407964.4,
Aug 21, 2013

Phoenix Management, Inc.
B-406142.3,
May 17, 2012

SpectrumS4, LLC--Costs
B-408227.4,
Aug 26, 2013

Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
B-408278,
Aug 8, 2013

Vinculum Solutions, Inc.
B-408337,B-408337.2,
Aug 5, 2013
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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