GAO Month in Review July 2009

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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

U.S. Agriculture: Retail Food Prices Grew Faster Than the Prices Farmers Received for Agricultural Commodities, but Economic Research Has Not Established That Concentration Has Affected These Trends
GAO-09-746R, June 30, 2009
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Budget and Spending

Electronic Records Archive: The National Archives and Records Administration's Fiscal Year 2009 Expenditure Plan
GAO-09-733, July 24, 2009
Fiscal Year 2008 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Federal Government Faces New and Continuing Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges
GAO-09-805T, July 8, 2009
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Business, Industry, and Consumers

Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Should Be Taken to Address Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program and Improve the Application Process for Future Disasters
GAO-09-755, July 29, 2009
Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Should Be Taken to Address Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program and Improve the Application Process for Future Disasters
GAO-09-900T, July 29, 2009
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Economic Development

Disaster Assistance: Greater Coordination and an Evaluation of Programs' Outcomes Could Improve Disaster Case Management
GAO-09-561, July 8, 2009
Gulf Coast Disaster Recovery: Community Development Block Grant Program Guidance to States Needs to Be Improved
GAO-09-541, June 19, 2009
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Career and Technical Education: States Have Broad Flexibility in Implementing Perkins IV
GAO-09-683, July 29, 2009
Career and Technical Education: Surveys to State Directors of Career and Technical Education (GAO-09-737SP, July 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-683
GAO-09-737SP, July 29, 2009
District of Columbia Public Schools: Implementation and Sustainability of Reform Efforts Could Benefit From Enhanced Planning
GAO-09-902T, July 23, 2009
District of Columbia Public Schools: Important Steps Taken to Continue Reform Efforts, But Enhanced Planning Could Improve Implementation and Sustainability
GAO-09-619, June 26, 2009
English Language Learning: Diverse Federal and State Efforts to Support Adult English Language Learning Could Benefit from More Coordination
GAO-09-575, July 29, 2009
School Meal Programs: Experiences of the States and Districts That Eliminated Reduced-price Fees
GAO-09-584, July 17, 2009
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Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division Needs Improved Investigative Processes and Ability to Suspend Statute of Limitations to Better Protect Workers Against Wage Theft
GAO-09-629, June 23, 2009
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Energy Markets: Refinery Outages Can Have Varying Gasoline Price Impacts, but Gaps in Federal Data Limit Understanding of Impacts
GAO-09-700, July 30, 2009
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Environmental Protection

Air Pollution: Air Quality, Visibility, and the Potential Impacts of Coal-Fired Power Plants on Great Basin National Park, Nevada
GAO-09-788R, July 27, 2009
Clean Air Act: Preliminary Observations on the Effectiveness and Costs of Mercury Control Technologies at Coal-Fired Power Plants
GAO-09-860T, July 9, 2009
Clean Water Infrastructure: Design Issues and Funding Options for a Clean Water Trust Fund
GAO-09-893T, July 15, 2009
Federal Lands: Enhanced Planning Could Assist Agencies in Managing Increased Use of Off-Highway Vehicles
GAO-09-509, June 30, 2009
Federal Lands: Survey of Land Managers' Perspectives of Off-Highway Vehicle Use (GAO-09-547SP, June 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-509
GAO-09-547SP, June 30, 2009
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Financial Institutions

Financial Markets Regulation: Financial Crisis Highlights Need to Improve Oversight of Leverage at Financial Institutions and across System
GAO-09-739, July 22, 2009
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Transparency and Accountability Issues
GAO-09-920T, July 22, 2009
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Participants' Dividend Payments and Repurchases of Preferred Stock and Warrants
GAO-09-889T, July 9, 2009
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Financial Management

Senate Preservation Fund: Key Transaction-Related Operating Practices Have Been Established but Additional Practices Are Needed
GAO-09-89R, July 28, 2009
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Government Operations

Capitol Visitor Center: Construction Expected to Be Completed within Current Budget Estimate
GAO-09-925T, July 23, 2009
Emergency Communications: Vulnerabilities Remain and Limited Collaboration and Monitoring Hamper Federal Efforts
GAO-09-604, June 26, 2009
Federal Real Property: An Update on High Risk Issues
GAO-09-801T, July 15, 2009
Federal Research: Information on the Government's Right to Assert Ownership Control over Federally Funded Inventions
GAO-09-742, July 27, 2009
Formula Grants: Census Data Are among Several Factors That Can Affect Funding Allocations
GAO-09-832T, July 9, 2009
Grants Management: Has Systematic Weaknesses That Require Attention
GAO-09-589, July 15, 2009
High Risk Series: Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service to Achieve Sustainable Financial Viability
GAO-09-937SP, July 28, 2009
Personnel Security Clearances: An Outcome-Focused Strategy Is Needed to Guide Implementation of the Reformed Clearance Process
GAO-09-488, May 19, 2009
Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses
GAO-09-831T, July 8, 2009
Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses
GAO-09-829, July 8, 2009
Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses (Appendixes)
GAO-09-830SP, July 8, 2009
U.S. Postal Service: Broad Restructuring Needed to Address Deteriorating Finances
GAO-09-790T, July 30, 2009
U.S. Postal Service: Mail Delivery Efficiency Has Improved, but Additional Actions Needed to Achieve Further Gains
GAO-09-696, July 15, 2009
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Bottled Water: FDA Safety and Consumer Protections Are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water
GAO-09-861T, July 8, 2009
Bottled Water: FDA Safety and Consumer Protections Are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water
GAO-09-610, June 22, 2009
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: CMS Should Develop an Agencywide Policy for Translating Medicare Documents into Languages Other Than English
GAO-09-752R, July 30, 2009
Coast Guard Retiree Health Care: Coast Guard Contributions to and Payments from the DOD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund (MERHCF)
GAO-09-857R, July 15, 2009
Food and Drug Administration: FDA Faces Challenges Meeting Its Growing Medical Product Responsibilities and Should Develop Complete Estimates of Its Resource Needs
GAO-09-581, June 19, 2009
Hurricane Katrina: Barriers to Mental Health Services for Children Persist in Greater New Orleans, Although Federal Grants Are Helping to Address Them
GAO-09-563, July 13, 2009
Hurricane Katrina: Federal Grants Have Helped Health Care Organizations Provide Primary Care, but Challenges Remain
GAO-09-588, July 13, 2009
Improper Payments: Responses to Posthearing Questions Related to Eliminating Waste and Fraud in Medicare and Medicaid
GAO-09-838R, July 20, 2009
Influenza Pandemic: Gaps in Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Need to Be Addressed
GAO-09-909T, July 29, 2009
Medicaid and CHIP: Opportunities Exist to Improve U.S. Insular Area Demographic Data That Could Be Used to Help Determine Federal Funding
GAO-09-558R, June 30, 2009
President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: Partner Selection and Oversight Follow Accepted Practices but Would Benefit from Enhanced Planning and Accountability
GAO-09-666, July 15, 2009
Project BioShield Act: HHS Has Supported Development, Procurement, and Emergency Use of Medical Countermeasures to Address Health Threats
GAO-09-878R, July 24, 2009
Project Bioshield: HHS Can Improve Agency Internal Controls for Its New Contracting Authorities
GAO-09-820, July 21, 2009
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Homeland Security

Biological Research: Observations on DHS's Analyses Concerning Whether FMD Research Can Be Done as Safely on the Mainland as on Plum Island
GAO-09-747, July 30, 2009
Coast Guard: As Deepwater Systems Integrator, Coast Guard Is Reassessing Costs and Capabilities but Lags in Applying Its Disciplined Acquisition Approach
GAO-09-682, July 14, 2009
Coast Guard: Better Logistics Planning Needed to Aid Operational Decisions Related to the Deployment of the National Security Cutter and Its Support Assets
GAO-09-497, July 17, 2009
Coast Guard: Observations on the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget and Related Performance and Management Challenges
GAO-09-810T, July 7, 2009
Federal Air Marshal Service: Actions Taken to Fulfill Core Mission and Address Workforce Issues
GAO-09-903T, July 23, 2009
Homeland Security: Federal Protective Service Should Improve Human Capital Planning and Better Communicate with Tenants
GAO-09-749, July 30, 2009
Homeland Security: Preliminary Results Show Federal Protective Service's Ability to Protect Federal Facilities Is Hampered By Weaknesses in Its Contract Security Guard Program
GAO-09-859T, July 8, 2009
Transit Security Grant Program: DHS Allocates Grants Based on Risk, but Its Risk Methodology, Management Controls, and Grant Oversight Can Be Strengthened
GAO-09-491, June 8, 2009
Urban Area Security Initiative: FEMA Lacks Measures to Assess How Regional Collaboration Efforts Build Preparedness Capabilities
GAO-09-651, July 2, 2009
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Characteristics and Performance of Nonprime Mortgages
GAO-09-848R, July 28, 2009
Home Mortgages: Provisions in a 2007 Mortgage Reform Bill (H.R. 3915) Would Strengthen Borrower Protections, but Views on Their Long-term Impact Differ
GAO-09-741, July 31, 2009
Home Mortgages: Recent Performance of Nonprime Loans Highlights the Potential for Additional Foreclosures
GAO-09-922T, July 28, 2009
Reverse Mortgages: Policy Changes Have Had Mostly Positive Effects on Lenders and Borrowers, but These Changes and Market Developments Have Increased HUD's Risk
GAO-09-836, July 30, 2009
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Treasury Actions Needed to Make the Home Affordable Modification Program More Transparent and Accountable
GAO-09-837, July 23, 2009
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Information Management

Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data (Supersedes GAO-03-273G)
GAO-09-680G, July 1, 2009
Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Efforts to Achieve Full Interoperability Are Ongoing; Program Office Management Needs Improvement
GAO-09-775, July 28, 2009
Electronic Health Records: Program Office Improvements Needed to Strengthen Management of VA and DOD Efforts to Achieve Full Interoperability
GAO-09-895T, July 14, 2009
Information Security: Agencies Continue to Report Progress, but Need to Mitigate Persistent Weaknesses
GAO-09-546, July 17, 2009
Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Investment Board Oversight of Poorly Planned and Performing Projects
GAO-09-566, June 30, 2009
Information Technology: HUD Needs to Strengthen Its Capacity to Manage and Modernize Its Environment
GAO-09-675, July 31, 2009
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International Affairs

Climate Change Trade Measures: Considerations for U.S. Policy Makers
GAO-09-724R, July 8, 2009
Climate Change Trade Measures: Estimating Industry Effects
GAO-09-875T, July 8, 2009
International Trade: Prior Updates of the Trade Advisory System Offer Insights for Current Review
GAO-09-842T, July 21, 2009
State Department: Key Transformation Practices Could Have Helped in Restructuring Arms Control and Nonproliferation Bureaus
GAO-09-738, July 15, 2009
U.S.-Russia Nuclear Agreement: Interagency Process Used to Develop the Classified Nuclear Proliferation Assessment Needs to Be Strengthened
GAO-09-743R, June 30, 2009
United Nations: Renovation Still Scheduled for Completion in 2013, but Risk to Its Schedule and Cost Remain
GAO-09-870R, July 30, 2009
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Justice and Law Enforcement

Combating Gangs: Better Coordination and Performance Measurement Would Help Clarify Roles of Federal Agencies and Strengthen Assessment of Efforts
GAO-09-708, July 24, 2009
Drug Control: U.S. Counternarcotics Cooperation with Venezuela Has Declined
GAO-09-806, July 20, 2009
Federal Law Enforcement Retirement: Information on Enhanced Retirement Benefits for Law Enforcement Personnel
GAO-09-727, July 30, 2009
Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance and Better Defined Evaluation Plans Will Help to Improve Girls' Delinquency Programs
GAO-09-721R, July 24, 2009
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National Defense

Contingency Contract Management: DOD Needs to Develop and Finalize Background Screening and Other Standards for Private Security Contractors
GAO-09-351, July 31, 2009
Defense Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Achieve Greater Commonality and Efficiencies among Unmanned Aircraft Systems
GAO-09-520, July 30, 2009
Defense Critical Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Improve the Consistency, Reliability, and Usefulness of DOD's Tier 1 Task Critical Asset List
GAO-09-740R, July 17, 2009
Defense Infrastructure: Planning Challenges Could Increase Risks for DOD in Providing Utility Services When Needed to Support the Military Buildup on Guam
GAO-09-653, June 30, 2009
Defense Logistics: Observations on Army's Implementation of the Logistics Modernization Program
GAO-09-852R, July 8, 2009
Force Structure: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Ability to Manage, Assess, and Report on Global Defense Posture Initiatives
GAO-09-706R, July 2, 2009
Homeland Defense: Preliminary Observations on Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives Consequence Management Plans and Preparedness
GAO-09-927T, July 28, 2009
Improper Payments: Significant Improvements Needed in DOD's Efforts to Address Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements
GAO-09-442, July 29, 2009
Military Base Realignments and Closures: DOD Needs to Update Savings Estimates and Continue to Address Challenges in Consolidating Supply-Related Functions at Depot Maintenance Locations
GAO-09-703, July 9, 2009
Military Personnel: Reserve Compensation Has Increased Significantly and Is Likely to Rise Further as DOD and VA Prepare for the Implementation of Enhanced Educational Benefits
GAO-09-726R, July 6, 2009
Overseas Contingency Operations: Reported Obligations for the Department of Defense
GAO-09-791R, July 10, 2009
Reserve Forces: Army Needs to Reevaluate its Approach to Training and Mobilizing Reserve Component Forces
GAO-09-720, July 17, 2009
Warfighter Support: Information on Army and Marine Corps Ground Combat Helmet Pads
GAO-09-768R, July 28, 2009
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Natural Resources

Energy and Water: Preliminary Observations on the Links between Water and Biofuels and Electricity Production
GAO-09-862T, July 9, 2009
Hardrock Mining: Information on State Royalties and the Number of Abandoned Mine Sites and Hazards
GAO-09-854T, July 14, 2009
National Park Service: Donations and Related Partnerships Benefit Parks, but Management Refinements Could Better Target Risks and Enhance Accountability
GAO-09-386, June 16, 2009
Wildland Fire Management: Federal Agencies Have Taken Important Steps Forward, but Additional Action Is Needed to Address Remaining Challenges
GAO-09-906T, July 21, 2009
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Tax Policy and Administration

Tax Administration: IRS Should Evaluate Penalties and Develop a Plan to Focus Its Efforts
GAO-09-567, June 5, 2009
Tax Compliance: Opportunities Exist to Improve Tax Compliance of Applicants for State Business Licenses
GAO-09-569, June 15, 2009
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Aviation Weather: FAA and the National Weather Service Are Considering Plans to Consolidate Weather Service Offices, But Face Significant Challenges
GAO-09-887T, July 16, 2009
Federal-Aid Highways: FHWA Has Improved Its Risk Management Approach, but Needs to Improve Its Oversight of Project Costs
GAO-09-751, July 24, 2009
Highway Trust Fund Expenditures on Purposes Other than Construction and Maintenance of Highways and Bridges during Fiscal Years 2004-2008
GAO-09-729R, June 30, 2009
Motor Carrier Safety: Reincarnating Commercial Vehicle Companies Pose Safety Threat to Motoring Public; Federal Safety Agency Has Initiated Efforts to Prevent Future Occurrences
GAO-09-924, July 28, 2009
National Transportation System: Options and Analytical Tools to Strengthen DOT's Approach to Supporting Communities' Access to the System
GAO-09-753, July 17, 2009
Public Transportation: FTA's Triennial Review Program Has Improved, But Assessments of Grantees' Performance Could Be Enhanced
GAO-09-603, June 30, 2009
Recovery Act: States' Use of Highway Infrastructure Funds and Compliance with the Act's Requirements
GAO-09-926T, July 31, 2009
Transportation Security: Key Actions Have Been Taken to Enhance Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Security, but Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Federal Strategy and Programs
GAO-09-678, June 24, 2009
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Veterans Affairs

Recovering Servicemembers: DOD and VA Have Jointly Developed the Majority of Required Policies but Challenges Remain
GAO-09-728, July 8, 2009
VA Health Care: Preliminary Findings on VA's Provision of Health Care Services to Women Veterans
GAO-09-899T, July 16, 2009
VA Health Care: Preliminary Findings on VA's Provision of Health Care Services to Women Veterans
GAO-09-884T, July 14, 2009
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Preliminary Findings on Claims Processing Trends and Improvement Efforts
GAO-09-910T, July 29, 2009
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Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

AINS, Inc.
B-400760.2; B-400760.3, June 12, 2009
Academy Facilities Management--Advisory Opinion
B-401094.3, May 21, 2009
Ashbury International Group, Inc.
B-401123; B-401123.2, June 1, 2009
CLI Solutions, Inc.
B-401176; B-401176.2, June 3, 2009
Chem-Spray-South, Inc.
B-400928.2, June 25, 2009
Controlled Systems
B-401208.2, July 8, 2009
DEI Consulting
B-401258, July 13, 2009
Denali Commission--Anti-Lobbying Restrictions
B-317821, June 30, 2009
Department of Defense-Retired Military Officers as Media Analysts
B-316443, July 21, 2009
Holloway & Company, PLLC--Costs
B-311342.5, July 6, 2009
B-311303.2, May 13, 2009
Lakeshore Engineering Services
B-401434, July 24, 2009
Library of Congress--Obligation of Guaranteed Minimums for Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity Contracts under the FEDLINK Program
B-318046, July 7, 2009
Louisiana State Department of Social Services, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
B-400912.2, July 1, 2009
NW Systems
B-401352, July 15, 2009
Natural Resources Conservation Service-Obligating Orders with GSA's AutoChoice Summer Program
B-317249, July 1, 2009
New Dynamics Corporation
B-401272, July 8, 2009
Optical Energy Technologies, Inc.
B-401520, July 13, 2009
Public Communications Services, Inc.
B-400058; B-400058.3, July 18, 2008
Public Communications Services, Inc.--Costs
B-400058.4, June 25, 2009
Radiation Oncology Group of WNY, PC
B-310354.2; B-310354.3, September 18, 2008
Rosemary Livingston--Agency Tender Official
B-401102.2, July 6, 2009
Small Business Administration-Reconsideration
B-401057.2, July 6, 2009
Talladega Machinery & Supply Company, Inc.--Costs
B-401049.3, July 6, 2009
VetPride Services, Inc.
B-401435, July 28, 2009
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Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program
GAO-09-890R, July 21, 2009
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments
GAO-09-892R, July 21, 2009
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Sugar Program
GAO-09-891R, July 21, 2009
Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, and Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration: Broadband Initiatives Program and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
GAO-09-907R, July 29, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration: Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation
GAO-09-901R, July 24, 2009
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