Month in Review, January 2014

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Budget and Spending

Recovery Act:

Grant Implementation Experiences Offer Lessons for Accountability and Transparency
GAO-14-219:
Published: Jan 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2014.
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Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Flood Insurance:

Strategies for Increasing Private Sector Involvement
GAO-14-127:
Published: Jan 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.

Government Support for Bank Holding Companies:

Statutory Changes to Limit Future Support Are Not Yet Fully Implemented
GAO-14-174T:
Published: Jan 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2014.

Homeowners Insurance:

Multiple Challenges Make Expanding Private Coverage Difficult
GAO-14-179:
Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.

In-Car Location-Based Services:

Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers
GAO-14-81:
Published: Dec 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.

National Flood Insurance Program:

Progress Made on Contract Management but Monitoring and Reporting Could Be Improved
GAO-14-160:
Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.

Property and Casualty Insurance:

Effects of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010
GAO-14-136:
Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
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Economic Development

Flood Insurance:

Strategies for Increasing Private Sector Involvement
GAO-14-127:
Published: Jan 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.

National Flood Insurance Program:

Progress Made on Contract Management but Monitoring and Reporting Could Be Improved
GAO-14-160:
Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.

Recovery Act:

Grant Implementation Experiences Offer Lessons for Accountability and Transparency
GAO-14-219:
Published: Jan 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2014.
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Education

Child Welfare:

Federal Student Loans:

U.S. Merchant Marine:

Maritime Administration Should Assess Potential Mariner-Training Needs
GAO-14-212:
Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2014.
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Employment

Fair Labor Standards Act:

The Department of Labor Should Adopt a More Systematic Approach to Developing Its Guidance
GAO-14-69:
Published: Dec 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2014.

Federal Workforce:

Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation
GAO-14-215:
Published: Jan 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2014.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment:

Further Performance and Workload Management Improvements Are Needed
GAO-14-61:
Published: Jan 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2014.
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Financial Markets and Institutions

Flood Insurance:

Strategies for Increasing Private Sector Involvement
GAO-14-127:
Published: Jan 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.

Government Support for Bank Holding Companies:

Statutory Changes to Limit Future Support Are Not Yet Fully Implemented
GAO-14-174T:
Published: Jan 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2014.

Property and Casualty Insurance:

Effects of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010
GAO-14-136:
Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
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Government Operations

Federal Workforce:

Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation
GAO-14-215:
Published: Jan 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2014.

Recovery Act:

Grant Implementation Experiences Offer Lessons for Accountability and Transparency
GAO-14-219:
Published: Jan 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2014.

Telecommunications:

GSA Needs to Share and Prioritize Lessons Learned to Avoid Future Transition Delays
GAO-14-63:
Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.
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Health Care

Health Resources and Services Administration:

Review of Internal Communication Mechanisms, Staffing, and Use of Contracts
GAO-14-52:
Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 2014.

Medicaid Prescription Drugs:

Medicaid:

Use of Claims Data for Analysis of Provider Payment Rates
GAO-14-56R:
Published: Jan 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.

Medicare Advantage:

Medicare Advantage:

Special Needs Plans Were More Profitable, on Average, than Plans Available to All Beneficiaries in 2011
GAO-14-210R:
Published: Dec 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.

Medicare:

Continuous Insurance before Enrollment Associated with Better Health and Lower Program Spending
GAO-14-53:
Published: Dec 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.

Medicare Part D:

CMS Has Implemented Processes to Oversee Plan Finder Pricing Accuracy and Improve Website Usability
GAO-14-143:
Published: Jan 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2014.

VA Surgical Implants:

Purchase Requirements Were Not Always Followed at Selected Medical Centers and Oversight Needs Improvement
GAO-14-146:
Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.

VA Surgical Implants:

Shortcomings in Implant Purchasing and Tracking
GAO-14-271T:
Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.
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Homeland Security

Border Security:

DHS's Efforts to Modernize Key Enforcement Systems Could be Strengthened
GAO-14-62:
Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

More Comprehensive Planning Would Enhance the Cybersecurity of Public Safety Entities' Emerging Technology
GAO-14-125:
Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2014.

DHS Management and Administration Spending:

Reliable Data Could Help DHS Better Estimate Resource Requests
GAO-14-27:
Published: Dec 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2014.

National Flood Insurance Program:

Progress Made on Contract Management but Monitoring and Reporting Could Be Improved
GAO-14-160:
Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.

Screening Partnership Program:

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Housing

Homeowners Insurance:

Multiple Challenges Make Expanding Private Coverage Difficult
GAO-14-179:
Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:

Information on Mortgage Protections and Related Education Efforts
GAO-14-221:
Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2014.
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Human Capital

Federal Workforce:

Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation
GAO-14-215:
Published: Jan 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2014.

Health Resources and Services Administration:

Review of Internal Communication Mechanisms, Staffing, and Use of Contracts
GAO-14-52:
Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 2014.

Imminent Danger Pay:

Actions Needed Regarding Pay Designations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility
GAO-14-230R:
Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.
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Information Security

Critical Infrastructure Protection:

More Comprehensive Planning Would Enhance the Cybersecurity of Public Safety Entities' Emerging Technology
GAO-14-125:
Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2014.

Information Security:

Agency Responses to Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information Need to Be More Consistent
GAO-14-34:
Published: Dec 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2014.
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Information Technology

IT Dashboard:

Agencies Are Managing Investment Risk, but Related Ratings Need to Be More Accurate and Available
GAO-14-64:
Published: Dec 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.

Medicare Part D:

CMS Has Implemented Processes to Oversee Plan Finder Pricing Accuracy and Improve Website Usability
GAO-14-143:
Published: Jan 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2014.
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International Affairs

Compacts of Free Association:

Iranian Commercial Activities:

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Justice and Law Enforcement

Child Welfare:

Cruise Vessels:

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National Defense

Defense Efficiencies:

Action Needed to Improve Evaluation of Initiatives
GAO-14-134:
Published: Jan 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2014.

Defense Infrastructure:

Defense Management:

DOD's Conference Policy Is Generally Consistent with OMB's Requirements
GAO-14-150:
Published: Jan 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2014.

Imminent Danger Pay:

Actions Needed Regarding Pay Designations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility
GAO-14-230R:
Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:

Information on Mortgage Protections and Related Education Efforts
GAO-14-221:
Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2014.

U.S. Merchant Marine:

Maritime Administration Should Assess Potential Mariner-Training Needs
GAO-14-212:
Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2014.
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Natural Resources and Environment

Air Emissions:

Status of Regulatory Activities and Permitting on Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf
GAO-14-187R:
Published: Jan 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2014.

Army Corps of Engineers:

Cost Increases in Flood Control Projects and Improving Communication with Nonfederal Sponsors
GAO-14-35:
Published: Dec 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.

Clean Water Act:

Changes Needed If Key EPA Program Is to Help Fulfill the Nation's Water Quality Goals
GAO-14-80:
Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.
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Science and Technology

James Webb Space Telescope:

Space Acquisitions:

Assessment of Overhead Persistent Infrared Technology Report
GAO-14-287R:
Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.
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Space

James Webb Space Telescope:

Space Acquisitions:

Assessment of Overhead Persistent Infrared Technology Report
GAO-14-287R:
Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.
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Telecommunications

Telecommunications:

GSA Needs to Share and Prioritize Lessons Learned to Avoid Future Transition Delays
GAO-14-63:
Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.
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Transportation

Cruise Vessels:

Federal-Aid Highways:

Federal Highway Administration Could Further Mitigate Locally Administered Project Risks
GAO-14-113:
Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.

In-Car Location-Based Services:

Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers
GAO-14-81:
Published: Dec 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.

Public Transit:

Challenges Funding, Investing in Systems, and Coordinating Services
GAO-14-278T:
Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.

U.S. Merchant Marine:

Maritime Administration Should Assess Potential Mariner-Training Needs
GAO-14-212:
Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2014.
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Veterans

VA Surgical Implants:

Purchase Requirements Were Not Always Followed at Selected Medical Centers and Oversight Needs Improvement
GAO-14-146:
Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.

VA Surgical Implants:

Shortcomings in Implant Purchasing and Tracking
GAO-14-271T:
Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment:

Further Performance and Workload Management Improvements Are Needed
GAO-14-61:
Published: Jan 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2014.
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Worker and Family Assistance

Child Welfare:

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Legal Products: Appropriations Decision

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Legal Products: Bid Protest Decision

ActioNet, Inc.
B-409050.2,
Jan 22, 2014

Alamo City Engineering Services, Inc.
B-409072,B-409072.2,
Jan 16, 2014

Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co.
B-408936,
Jan 2, 2014

APlus Technologies, Inc.
B-408551.3,
Dec 23, 2013

Avaya Government Solutions, Inc.
B-409037,B-409037.2,B-409037.3,
Jan 15, 2014

Brandt Group, Inc.
B-409104,
Jan 16, 2014

Contrack International, Inc.
B-408945,B-408945.2,
Dec 27, 2013

Coyol International Group
B-408982.2,
Jan 24, 2014

Desbuild Inc.
B-409009,
Jan 6, 2014

DynCorp International LLC
B-406523.2,B-406523.3,
Dec 16, 2013

ECC Renewables, LLC; Pacific Power, LLC
B-408907,B-408907.2,B-408907.6,B-408907.7,
Dec 18, 2013

GBTI Solutions, Inc.
B-409114.3,B-409114.5,
Jan 29, 2014

HP Enterprise Services, LLC
B-408825,
Dec 23, 2013

HRCI-MPSC PASS, LLC
B-408919,B-408919.2,
Jan 8, 2014

IAP-Leopardo Construction, Inc.
B-408890,
Dec 19, 2013

IBM Global Business Service - U.S. Federal
B-409029,B-409029.2,
Jan 27, 2014

IJC Corporation
B-408950,
Dec 31, 2013

IntelliDyne, LLC
B-409107,B-409107.2,B-409107.3,
Jan 16, 2014

International Code Council
B-409146,
Jan 8, 2014

Kardex Remstar, LLC
B-409030,
Jan 17, 2014

Logistics Network, Inc.
B-408995,
Jan 6, 2014

Miracle Systems, LLC
B-408947,
Dec 24, 2013

Noonan & Associates
B-409103,
Jan 10, 2014

QMX Support Services, Inc.
B-408959,
Jan 6, 2014

Rotech Healthcare, Inc.
B-409020,B-409020.2,
Jan 10, 2014

RQ Construction, LLC
B-409131,
Jan 13, 2014

Sea Box, Inc.
B-408182.5,
Jan 10, 2014

Sealift, Inc.
B-409001,
Jan 6, 2014

Superlative Technologies, Inc.
B-408941,
Dec 30, 2013

URS Federal Services, Inc.
B-408893,B-408893.2,
Dec 23, 2013

Wyle Laboratories, Inc.
B-408112.2,
Dec 27, 2013
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rule

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