GAO Month in Review June 2007

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The Month in Review is a comprehensive list of all reports, testimony, correspondence, and other publications issued by GAO during the previous month, grouped according to subject categories.

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Agriculture and Food

  • Crop Insurance: Continuing Efforts Are Needed to Improve Program Integrity and Ensure Program Costs Are Reasonable. GAO-07-944T, June 7, 2007 (19 pages).

Business, Industry, and Consumers

  • Science and Technology: Information on Federal Programs and Interagency Efforts That Support Small Businesses Engaged in Manufacturing. GAO-07-714, May 18, 2007 (116 pages).

Education

  • Higher Education: Challenges in Attracting International Students to the United States and Implications for Global Competitiveness. GAO-07-1047T, June 29, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Low-Income and Minority Serving Institutions: Education Has Taken Steps to Improve Monitoring and Assistance, but Further Progress Is Needed. GAO-07-926T, June 4, 2007 (14 pages).

Employment

  • Employment Verification: Challenges Exist in Implementing a Mandatory Electronic Verification System. GAO-07-924T, June 7, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance: Changes Needed to Improve States' Ability to Provide Benefits and Services to Trade-Affected Workers. GAO-07-995T, June 14, 2007 (23 pages).
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance: Program Provides an Array of Benefits and Services to Trade-Affected Workers. GAO-07-994T, June 14, 2007 (26 pages).
  • Women and Low-Skilled Workers: Other Countries' Policies and Practices That May Help These Workers Enter and Remain in the Labor Force. GAO-07-817, June 14, 2007 (42 pages).
  • Women and Low-Skilled Workers: Efforts in Other Countries to Help These Workers Enter and Remain in the Workforce. GAO-07-989T, June 14, 2007 (21 pages).
  • Workforce Investment Act: Additional Actions Would Further Improve the Workforce System. GAO-07-1051T, June 28, 2007 (24 pages).

Energy

  • Biofuels: DOE Lacks a Strategic Approach to Coordinate Increasing Production with Infrastructure Development and Vehicle Needs. GAO-07-713, June 8, 2007 (51 pages).
  • Energy Efficiency: Important Challenges Must Be Overcome to Realize Significant Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Improvements in Gulf Coast Reconstruction. GAO-07-654, June 26, 2007 (36 pages).
  • Oil and Gas Royalties: A Comparison of the Share of Revenue Received from Oil and Gas Production by the Federal Government and Other Resource Owners. GAO-07-676R, May 1, 2007 (15 pages).

Environmental Protection

  • Defense Health Care: Issues Related to Past Drinking Water Contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. GAO-07-933T, June 12, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Hurricane Katrina: EPA's Current and Future Environmental Protection Efforts Could Be Enhanced by Addressing Issues and Challenges Faced on the Gulf Coast. GAO-07-651, June 25, 2007 (97 pages).
  • Implementation of the Beach Act of 2000: EPA and States Have Made Progress, but Additional Actions Could Improve Public Health Protection. GAO-07-1043T, June 27, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Nuclear Waste: DOE Should Reassess Whether the Bulk Vitrification Demonstration Project at Its Hanford Site Is Still Needed to Treat Radioactive Waste. GAO-07-762, June 12, 2007 (25 pages).
  • Nuclear Waste: Plans for Addressing Most Buried Transuranic Wastes Are Not Final, and Preliminary Cost Estimates Will Likely Increase. GAO-07-761, June 22, 2007 (28 pages).
  • Wildland Fire Management: A Cohesive Strategy and Clear Cost-Containment Goals Are Needed for Federal Agencies to Manage Wildland Fire Activities Effectively. GAO-07-1017T, June 19, 2007 (9 pages).

Financial Institutions

  • Financial Regulators: Agencies Have Implemented Key Performance Management Practices, but Opportunities for Improvement Exist. GAO-07-678, June 18, 2007 (146 pages).
  • Management Report: Opportunities for Improvements in FDIC's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures. GAO-07-942R, June 27, 2007 (15 pages).

Financial Management

  • Financial Audit Manual: Volume Three, Exposure Draft, June 2007. GAO-07-313G, June 29, 2007 (120 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Departmentwide Integrated Financial Management Systems Remain a Challenge. GAO-07-536, June 21, 2007 (55 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Transforming Departmentwide Financial Management Systems Remains a Challenge. GAO-07-1041T, June 28, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Internal Revenue Service: Status of GAO Financial Audit and Related Financial Management Report Recommendations. GAO-07-629, June 7, 2007 (82 pages).
  • National Flood Insurance Program: Preliminary Views on FEMA's Ability to Ensure Accurate Payments on Hurricane-Damaged Properties. GAO-07-991T, June 12, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Navy Working Capital Fund: Management Action Needed to Improve Reliability of the Naval Air Warfare Center's Reported Carryover Amounts. GAO-07-643, June 26, 2007 (44 pages).
  • The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook April 2007 Update: The Bottom Line: Federal Fiscal Policy Remains Unsustainable. GAO-07-983R, June 4, 2007 (14 pages).

Government Operations

  • 2010 Census: Census Bureau Has Improved the Local Update of Census Addresses Program, but Challenges Remain. GAO-07-736, June 14, 2007 (55 pages).
  • 2010 Census: Census Bureau Is Making Progress on the Local Update of Census Addresses Program, but Improvements Are Needed. GAO-07-1063T, June 26, 2007 (10 pages).
  • Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Status of Project's Schedule and Cost as of June 27, 2007. GAO-07-897T, June 27, 2007 (7 pages).
  • Elections: Action Plans Needed to Fully Address Challenges in Electronic Absentee Voting Initiatives for Military and Overseas Citizens. GAO-07-774, June 14, 2007 (50 pages).
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board: Due Diligence Over Administrative Expenses Should Continue and Be Broadened. GAO-07-541, May 14, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Human Capital: Bonuses to Senior Executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. GAO-07-985T, June 12, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Human Capital: Greater Focus on Results in Telework Programs Needed. GAO-07-1002T, June 12, 2007 (10 pages).
  • Inspectors General: Proposals to Strengthen Independence and Accountability. GAO-07-1021T, June 20, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Talking Books for the Blind. GAO-07-871R, June 12, 2007 (11 pages).
  • The Federal Workforce: Additional Steps Needed to Take Advantage of Federal Executive Boards' Ability to Contribute to Emergency Operations. GAO-07-515, May 4, 2007 (45 pages).

Health

  • Avian Influenza: USDA Has Taken Important Steps to Prepare for Outbreaks, but Better Planning Could Improve Response. GAO-07-652, June 11, 2007 (55 pages).
  • End-Stage Renal Disease: Medicare Should Pay a Bundled Rate for All ESRD Items and Services. GAO-07-1050T, June 26, 2007 (5 pages).
  • Influenza Pandemic: Efforts to Forestall Onset Are Under Way; Identifying Countries at Greatest Risk Entails Challenges. GAO-07-604, June 20, 2007 (72 pages).
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Partnership Programs Include Benefits That Protect Policyholders and Are Unlikely to Result in Medicaid Savings. GAO-07-231, May 11, 2007 (79 pages).
  • Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy: Additional Efforts Would Help Social Security Improve Outreach and Measure Program Effects. GAO-07-555, May 31, 2007 (45 pages).
  • Medicare Part D: CMS's Process and Policy for Enrolling New Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries. GAO-07-1022T, June 21, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Medicare Ultrasound Procedures: Consideration of Payment Reforms and Technician Qualification Requirements. GAO-07-734, June 28, 2007 (65 pages).
  • Military Health: DOD's Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network. GAO-07-787R, June 29, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Nursing Homes: Federal Actions Needed to Improve Targeting and Evaluation of Assistance by Quality Improvement Organizations. GAO-07-373, May 29, 2007 (69 pages).
  • World Trade Center: Preliminary Observations on EPA's Second Program to Address Indoor Contamination. GAO-07-806T, June 20, 2007 (10 pages).

Homeland Security

  • Border Patrol: Costs and Challenges Related to Training New Agents. GAO-07-997T, June 19, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Coast Guard: Challenges Affecting Deepwater Asset Deployment and Management and Efforts to Address Them. GAO-07-874, June 18, 2007 (77 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security: Ongoing Challenges in Creating an Effective Acquisition Organization. GAO-07-948T, June 7, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Department's Acquisition Oversight Plan. GAO-07-900, June 13, 2007 (17 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security: Science and Technology Directorate's Expenditure Plan. GAO-07-868, June 22, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Emergency Management: Most School Districts Have Developed Emergency Management Plans, but Would Benefit from Additional Federal Guidance. GAO-07-609, June 12, 2007 (73 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Guidance from Operations Directorate Will Enhance Collaboration among Departmental Operations Centers. GAO-07-683T, June 20, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Prospects For Biometric US-VISIT Exit Capability Remain Unclear. GAO-07-1044T, June 28, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Preliminary Information on Rebuilding Efforts in the Gulf Coast. GAO-07-809R, June 29, 2007 (41 pages).

Housing

  • Federal Home Loan Banks: Too Soon to Tell the Potential Impact of Excess Stock Rule on the Affordable Housing Program. GAO-07-878R, June 22, 2007 (29 pages).
  • Leveraging Federal Funds for Housing, Community, and Economic Development. GAO-07-768R, May 25, 2007 (27 pages).
  • Mortgage Financing: Seller-Funded Down-Payment Assistance Changes the Structure of the Purchase Transaction and Negatively Affects Loan Performance. GAO-07-1033T, June 22, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Public Housing: Information on the Financing, Oversight, and Effects of the HOPE VI Program. GAO-07-1025T, June 20, 2007 (12 pages).

Income Security

  • Defined Benefit Pensions: Conflicts of Interest Involving High Risk or Terminated Plans Pose Enforcement Challenges. GAO-07-703, June 28, 2007 (61 pages).
  • PBGC's Legal Support: Improvements Needed to Eliminate Confusion and Ensure Provision of Consistent Advice. GAO-07-757R, May 18, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Unemployment Insurance: More Guidance and Evaluation of Worker-Profiling Initiative Could Help Improve State Efforts. GAO-07-680, June 14, 2007 (44 pages).

Information Management

  • Bureau of the Public Debt: Areas for Improvement in Information Security Controls. GAO-07-899R, June 14, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Federal Research: Policies Guiding the Dissemination of Scientific Research from Selected Agencies Should Be Clarified and Better Communicated. GAO-07-653, May 17, 2007 (96 pages).
  • Health Information Technology: Efforts Continue but Comprehensive Privacy Approach Needed for National Strategy. GAO-07-988T, June 19, 2007 (19 pages).
  • Information Security: Agencies Report Progress, but Sensitive Data Remain at Risk. GAO-07-935T, June 7, 2007 (29 pages).
  • Information Security: Homeland Security Needs to Enhance Effectiveness of Its Program. GAO-07-1003T, June 20, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Social Security Numbers: Federal Actions Could Further Decrease Availability in Public Records, though Other Vulnerabilities Remain. GAO-07-752, June 15, 2007 (44 pages).
  • Social Security Numbers: Use is Widespread and Protection Could Be Improved. GAO-07-1023T, June 21, 2007 (14 pages).

International Affairs

  • Combating Terrorism: Law Enforcement Agencies Lack Directives to Assist Foreign Nations to Identify, Disrupt, and Prosecute Terrorists. GAO-07-697, May 25, 2007 (68 pages).
  • Compacts of Free Association: Trust Funds for Micronesia and the Marshall Islands May Not Provide Sustainable Income. GAO-07-513, June 15, 2007 (73 pages).
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation: Progress and Challenges with Compacts in Africa. GAO-07-1049T, June 28, 2007 (19 pages).
  • Peacekeeping: Observations on Costs, Strengths, and Limitations of U.S. and UN Operations. GAO-07-998T, June 13, 2007 (16 pages).
  • State Department: The July 2006 Evacuation of American Citizens from Lebanon. GAO-07-893R, June 7, 2007 (33 pages).
  • United Nations Organizations: Oversight and Accountability Could Be Strengthened by Further Instituting International Best Practices. GAO-07-597, June 18, 2007 (85 pages).

National Defense

  • Defense Acquisitions: An Analysis of the Special Operations Command's Management of Weapon System Programs. GAO-07-620, June 28, 2007 (39 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Analysis of Processes Used to Evaluate Active Protection Systems. GAO-07-759, June 8, 2007 (27 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Role of Lead Systems Integrator on Future Combat Systems Program Poses Oversight Challenges. GAO-07-380, June 6, 2007 (37 pages).
  • Defense Contracting: Improved Insight and Controls Needed over DOD's Time-and-Materials Contracts. GAO-07-273, June 29, 2007 (49 pages).
  • Defense Contracting: Use of Undefinitized Contract Actions Understated and Definitization Time Frames Often Not Met. GAO-07-559, June 19, 2007 (32 pages).
  • Defense Logistics: Army and Marine Corps' Body Armor Requirements, Controls, and Other Issues. GAO-07-911T, June 6, 2007 (9 pages).
  • Guard and Reserve Personnel: Fiscal, Security, and Human Capital Challenges Should be Considered in Developing a Revised Business Model for the Reserve Component. GAO-07-984, June 20, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Military Base Closures: Projected Savings from Fleet Readiness Centers Likely Overstated and Actions Needed to Track Actual Savings and Overcome Certain Challenges. GAO-07-304, June 29, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Military Construction: Observations on Mismanagement of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center. GAO-07-1039T, June 28, 2007 (22 pages).
  • Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Establish a Strategy and Improve Transparency over Reserve and National Guard Compensation to Manage Significant Growth in Cost. GAO-07-828, June 20, 2007 (74 pages).

Natural Resources

  • Forest Service: Vegetation Management Projects Approved during Calendar Years 2003 through 2005 Using Categorical Exclusions. GAO-07-1016T, June 28, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Waters and Wetlands: Corps of Engineers Needs to Ensure That Permit Decisions Made Using Funds from Nonfederal Public Entities Are Transparent and Impartial. GAO-07-478, May 16, 2007 (40 pages).
  • Wildland Fire Management: Lack of Clear Goals or a Strategy Hinders Federal Agencies' Efforts to Contain the Costs of Fighting Fires. GAO-07-655, June 1, 2007 (47 pages).
  • Wildland Fire: Management Improvements Could Enhance Federal Agencies' Efforts to Contain the Costs of Fighting Fires. GAO-07-922T, June 26, 2007 (11 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

  • Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites: Restructuring Is Under Way, but Technical Challenges and Risks Remain. GAO-07-498, April 27, 2007 (57 pages).
  • Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites: Restructuring Is Under Way, but Challenges and Risks Remain. GAO-07-910T, June 7, 2007 (27 pages).

Transportation

  • Federal Aviation Administration: Cost Allocation Practices and Cost Recovery Proposal Compared with Selected International Practices. GAO-07-773R, June 8, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Motor Carrier Safety: A Statistical Approach Will Better Identify Commercial Carriers That Pose High Crash Risks Than Does the Current Federal Approach. GAO-07-585, June 11, 2007 (49 pages).
  • National Transportation Safety Board: Observations on the Draft Business Plan for NTSB's Training Center. GAO-07-886R, June 14, 2007 (28 pages).

Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Affairs: Continued Focus on Critical Success Factors Is Essential to Achieving Information Technology Realignment. GAO-07-844, June 15, 2007 (30 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

  • Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicaid Program; Cost Limit for Providers Operated by Units of Government and Provisions To Ensure the Integrity of Federal-State Financial Partnership. GAO-07-931R, June 12, 2007 (4 pages).
  • Department of Homeland Security: Adjustment of the Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Application and Petition Fee Schedule. GAO-07-946R, June 15, 2007 (4 pages).
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for FY 2007. GAO-07-992R, June 19, 2007 (4 pages).

 


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