Month in Review, September 2013

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Agriculture and Food

Food Safety:

More Disclosure and Data Needed to Clarify Impact of Changes to Poultry and Hog Inspections
GAO-13-775:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2013.

Global Food Security:

USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks
GAO-13-809:
Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.

Global Food Security:

Pesticides:

EPA Should Take Steps to Improve Its Oversight of Conditional Registrations
GAO-13-145:
Published: Aug 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
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Auditing and Financial Management

Corporate Tax Compliance:

IRS Should Determine Whether Its Streamlined Corporate Audit Process Is Meeting Its Goals
GAO-13-662:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.

DOD Financial Management:

Ineffective Risk Management Could Impair Progress toward Audit-Ready Financial Statements
GAO-13-123:
Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2013.

Federal User Fees:

Fee Design Options and Implications for Managing Revenue Instability
GAO-13-820:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Performance Auditing:

The Experiences of the United States Government Accountability Office
GAO-13-868T:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.

Standards For Internal Control In The Federal Government:

2013 Exposure Draft
GAO-13-830SP:
Published: Sep 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2013.

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

GAO's Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Activities
GAO-13-840R:
Published: Sep 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2013.
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Budget and Spending

Budget Issues:

Key Questions to Consider When Evaluating Balances in Federal Accounts
GAO-13-798:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Lessons Learned as Availability of Spending Data Increases
GAO-13-758:
Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Recovery Act Lessons Learned
GAO-13-871T:
Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.

Federal User Fees:

Fee Design Options and Implications for Managing Revenue Instability
GAO-13-820:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Ford-Class Carriers:

Lead Ship Testing and Reliability Shortfalls Will Limit Initial Fleet Capabilities
GAO-13-396:
Published: Sep 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2013.

IRS 2014 Budget:

Improvements Made to Budget Request and Cost Estimate, but Further Actions Needed
GAO-13-835:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Patriot Express:

SBA Should Evaluate the Program and Enhance Eligibility Controls
GAO-13-727:
Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Small Business Research Programs:

Actions Needed to Improve Compliance with Spending and Reporting Requirements
GAO-13-421:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
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Economic Development

National Flood Insurance Program:

Continued Attention Needed to Address Challenges
GAO-13-858T:
Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.
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Education

Community Colleges:

New Federal Research Center May Enhance Current Understanding of Developmental Education
GAO-13-656:
Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.

Education Research:

Preliminary Observations on the Institute of Education Sciences' Research and Evaluation Efforts
GAO-13-852T:
Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.

Health Care Workforce:

Federally Funded Training Programs in Fiscal Year 2012
GAO-13-709R:
Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2013.

Indian Affairs:

Better Management and Accountability Needed to Improve Indian Education
GAO-13-774:
Published: Sep 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2013.

Race To The Top:

States Implementing Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems despite Challenges
GAO-13-777:
Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.
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Employment

Unemployment Insurance Information Technology:

States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
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Energy

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Observations on NNSA's Options for Meeting Its Plutonium Research Needs
GAO-13-533:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

Oil and Gas Development:

BLM Needs Better Data to Track Permit Processing Times and Prioritize Inspections
GAO-13-572:
Published: Aug 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Troubled Asset Relief Program:

GAO's Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Activities
GAO-13-840R:
Published: Sep 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2013.
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GAO Mission and Operations

Performance Auditing:

The Experiences of the United States Government Accountability Office
GAO-13-868T:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.
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Government Operations

2020 Census:

Progress Report on the Census Bureau's Efforts to Contain Enumeration Costs
GAO-13-857T:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Lessons Learned as Availability of Spending Data Increases
GAO-13-758:
Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Recovery Act Lessons Learned
GAO-13-871T:
Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.

Freedom of Information Act:

National Archives and Records Administration:

Actions Needed to Ensure Facilities That Store Federal Records Meet Standards
GAO-13-668:
Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.

Standards For Internal Control In The Federal Government:

2013 Exposure Draft
GAO-13-830SP:
Published: Sep 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

Health and Pension Benefits Proposals Involve Trade-offs
GAO-13-872T:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

Information on Workforce Injuries Arising During Mail Delivery
GAO-13-847R:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Health Care

Defense Health Care:

Evaluation of TRICARE Pharmacy Services Contract Structure Is Warranted
GAO-13-808:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Dental Services:

Information on Coverage, Payments, and Fee Variation
GAO-13-754:
Published: Sep 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Environmental Health:

EPA Has Made Substantial Progress but Could Improve Processes for Considering Children's Health
GAO-13-254:
Published: Aug 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

Health Care Workforce:

Federally Funded Training Programs in Fiscal Year 2012
GAO-13-709R:
Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2013.

Indian Health Service:

Medicaid Managed Care:

Use of Limited Benefit Plans to Provide Mental Health Services and Efforts to Coordinate Care
GAO-13-780:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

Health and Pension Benefits Proposals Involve Trade-offs
GAO-13-872T:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Homeland Security

Border Security:

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Planning for a Biometric Air Exit System
GAO-13-853T:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.

Department of Homeland Security:

Opportunities Exist to Better Evaluate and Coordinate Border and Maritime Research and Development
GAO-13-732:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.

DHS Recruiting and Hiring:

Homeland Defense:

Action Needed to Improve Cost Reporting for DOD's Aerospace Control Alert Mission
GAO-13-785:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Homeland Security:

Observations on DHS's Oversight of Major Acquisitions and Efforts to Match Resources to Needs
GAO-13-846T:
Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.

Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans:

Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Responding to Nuclear and Radiological Attacks
GAO-13-736:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Sex Offenders:

Supply Chain Security:

DHS Could Improve Cargo Security by Periodically Assessing Risks from Foreign Ports
GAO-13-764:
Published: Sep 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2013.
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Human Capital

DHS Recruiting and Hiring:

Human Capital:

Opportunities Exist to Further Improve DOD's Methodology for Estimating the Costs of Its Workforces
GAO-13-792:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.
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Information Management

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Lessons Learned as Availability of Spending Data Increases
GAO-13-758:
Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Federal Data Transparency:

Opportunities Remain to Incorporate Recovery Act Lessons Learned
GAO-13-871T:
Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.

Freedom of Information Act:

National Archives and Records Administration:

Actions Needed to Ensure Facilities That Store Federal Records Meet Standards
GAO-13-668:
Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
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Information Security

Federal Information Security:

Mixed Progress in Implementing Program Components; Improved Metrics Needed to Measure Effectiveness
GAO-13-776:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Information Technology

Information Technology:

Key Federal Agencies Need to Address Potentially Duplicative Investments
GAO-13-718:
Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.

Unemployment Insurance Information Technology:

States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
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International Affairs

Climate Change:

Compacts of Free Association:

Defense Headquarters:

DOD Needs to Reassess Options for Permanent Location of U.S. Africa Command
GAO-13-646:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Global Food Security:

USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks
GAO-13-809:
Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.

Global Food Security:

Human Rights:

Additional Guidance, Monitoring, and Training Could Improve Implementation of the Leahy Laws
GAO-13-866:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.

Supply Chain Security:

DHS Could Improve Cargo Security by Periodically Assessing Risks from Foreign Ports
GAO-13-764:
Published: Sep 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2013.
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Community Policing Hiring Grants:

Federal Judgeships:

The General Accuracy of District and Appellate Judgeship Case-Related Workload Measures
GAO-13-862T:
Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.

Sex Offenders:

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National Defense

Defense Acquisitions:

Navy Strategy for Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System Defers Key Oversight Mechanisms
GAO-13-833:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.

Defense Headquarters:

DOD Needs to Reassess Options for Permanent Location of U.S. Africa Command
GAO-13-646:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Defense Health Care:

Evaluation of TRICARE Pharmacy Services Contract Structure Is Warranted
GAO-13-808:
Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2013.

Defense Management:

DOD Should Enhance Oversight of Equipment-Related Corrosion Projects
GAO-13-661:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

National Defense:

DOD Financial Management:

Ineffective Risk Management Could Impair Progress toward Audit-Ready Financial Statements
GAO-13-123:
Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2013.

Ford-Class Carriers:

Lead Ship Testing and Reliability Shortfalls Will Limit Initial Fleet Capabilities
GAO-13-396:
Published: Sep 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2013.

Global Positioning System:

A Comprehensive Assessment of Potential Options and Related Costs is Needed
GAO-13-729:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Homeland Defense:

Action Needed to Improve Cost Reporting for DOD's Aerospace Control Alert Mission
GAO-13-785:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Human Capital:

Opportunities Exist to Further Improve DOD's Methodology for Estimating the Costs of Its Workforces
GAO-13-792:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.

ICBM Modernization:

Approaches to Basing Options and Interoperable Warhead Designs Need Better Planning and Synchronization
GAO-13-831:
Published: Sep 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2013.

Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise:

Observations on NNSA's Options for Meeting Its Plutonium Research Needs
GAO-13-533:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

Prepositioned Stocks:

Space:

Defense and Civilian Agencies Request Significant Funding for Launch-Related Activities
GAO-13-802R:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Climate Change:

Environmental Health:

EPA Has Made Substantial Progress but Could Improve Processes for Considering Children's Health
GAO-13-254:
Published: Aug 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

Environmental Satellites:

Focused Attention Needed to Improve Mitigation Strategies for Satellite Coverage Gaps
GAO-13-865T:
Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.

Geostationary Weather Satellites:

Oil and Gas Development:

BLM Needs Better Data to Track Permit Processing Times and Prioritize Inspections
GAO-13-572:
Published: Aug 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.

Pesticides:

EPA Should Take Steps to Improve Its Oversight of Conditional Registrations
GAO-13-145:
Published: Aug 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Polar Weather Satellites:

NOAA Identified Ways to Mitigate Data Gaps, but Contingency Plans and Schedules Require Further Attention
GAO-13-676:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.
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Retirement Security

Automatic IRAS:

Lower-Earning Households Could Realize Increases in Retirement Income
GAO-13-699:
Published: Aug 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.

Delphi Pensions:

Key Events Leading to Plan Terminations
GAO-13-854T:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

U.S. Postal Service:

Health and Pension Benefits Proposals Involve Trade-offs
GAO-13-872T:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Science and Technology

Department of Homeland Security:

Opportunities Exist to Better Evaluate and Coordinate Border and Maritime Research and Development
GAO-13-732:
Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.
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Space

Environmental Satellites:

Focused Attention Needed to Improve Mitigation Strategies for Satellite Coverage Gaps
GAO-13-865T:
Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.

Geostationary Weather Satellites:

Global Positioning System:

A Comprehensive Assessment of Potential Options and Related Costs is Needed
GAO-13-729:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.

Polar Weather Satellites:

NOAA Identified Ways to Mitigate Data Gaps, but Contingency Plans and Schedules Require Further Attention
GAO-13-676:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.

Space:

Defense and Civilian Agencies Request Significant Funding for Launch-Related Activities
GAO-13-802R:
Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
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Tax Policy and Administration

Corporate Tax Compliance:

IRS Should Determine Whether Its Streamlined Corporate Audit Process Is Meeting Its Goals
GAO-13-662:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.

IRS 2014 Budget:

Improvements Made to Budget Request and Cost Estimate, but Further Actions Needed
GAO-13-835:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Transportation

Cargo Tank Trucks:

Improved Incident Data and Regulatory Analysis Would Better Inform Decisions about Safety Risks
GAO-13-721:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.

FAA Facilities:

Interstate Compacts:

Transparency and Oversight of Bi-State Tolling Authorities Could Be Enhanced
GAO-13-687:
Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2013.

National Airspace System:

Improved Budgeting Could Help FAA Better Determine Future Operations and Maintenance Priorities
GAO-13-693:
Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.

Positive Train Control:

Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation
GAO-13-720:
Published: Aug 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2013.

Public Transit:

Public Transit:

Transit Agencies' Use of Contracting to Provide Service
GAO-13-782:
Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Disability Insurance:

Work Activity Indicates Certain Social Security Disability Insurance Payments Were Potentially Improper
GAO-13-635:
Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2013.

Unemployment Insurance Information Technology:

States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T:
Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

Alliance Worldwide Distributing, LLC
B-408491,
Sep 12, 2013

Asiel Enterprises, Inc.
B-408315.2,
Sep 5, 2013

CenturyLink QGS
B-408384,
Aug 27, 2013

Controlled FORCE, Inc.
B-408853,
Sep 18, 2013

FCN, Inc.
B-408316,B-408316.2,
Aug 19, 2013

Gulf Master General Trading, LLC
B-407941.2,
Jul 15, 2013

Harbor Services, Inc.
B-408325,
Aug 23, 2013

HK Consulting, Inc.
B-408443,
Sep 18, 2013

InfoZen, Inc.
B-408234,B-408234.3,B-408234.5,
Jul 23, 2013

Maywood Closure Company, LLC
B-408343,B-408343.3,B-408343.4,B-408343.6,
Aug 23, 2013

Networking & Engineering Technologies, Inc.
B-405062.4,B-405062.5,B-405062.6,
Sep 4, 2013

Network Innovations, Inc.
B-408382,B-408382.2,
Sep 4, 2013

Nuclear Production Partners, LLC
B-407948.9,
Sep 24, 2013

SAN Business Consultants LLP
B-408400,B-408400.2,
Sep 11, 2013

Sayres & Associates Corporation
B-408253,B-408253.2,
Aug 1, 2013

Segovia, Inc. d/b/a Inmarsat Government
B-408376,B-408376.2,
Sep 3, 2013

Sentrillion Corporation
B-406843.3,B-406843.4,B-406843.5,
Apr 22, 2013

Silverback7, Inc.
B-408053.2,B-408053.3,
Aug 26, 2013

SoBran, Inc.
B-408420,B-408420.2,
Sep 10, 2013

Symvionics, Inc.
B-408505,
Sep 19, 2013

Teknion LLC
B-407989,B-407989.2,
May 8, 2013

Tele-Consultants, Inc.
B-408465,B-408465.2,B-408465.3,
Sep 27, 2013

Total Solutions, Inc.
B-408371.2,B-408371.3,
Aug 30, 2013

TPMC-Energy Solutions Environmental Services 2009, LLC
B-408343.2,B-408343.5,B-408343.7,
Aug 23, 2013

Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc.
B-408285,B-408285.2,
Aug 9, 2013
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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Legal Products: Other Decision

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