GAO Month in Review November 2005

About the Month in Review

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.

Top 10 list of significant work made publicly available in the last month

Agriculture and Food

  • Mad Cow Disease: An Evaluation of a Small Feed Testing Program FDA Implemented in 2003 With Recommendations for Making the Program a Better Oversight Tool. GAO-06-157R, October 11, 2005 (27 pages).

Economic Development

  • Offshoring of Services: An Overview of the Issues. GAO-06-5, November 28, 2005 (81 pages).


  • D.C. Charter Schools: Strengthening Monitoring and Process When Schools Close Could Improve Accountability and Ease Student Transitions. GAO-06-73, November 17, 2005 (41 pages).
  • No Child Left Behind Act: Improved Accessibility to Education's Information Could Help States Further Implement Teacher Qualification Requirements. GAO-06-25, November 21, 2005 (55 pages).
  • Student Aid And Postsecondary Tax Preferences: Limited Research Exists on Effectiveness of Tools to Assist Students and Families through Title IV Student Aid and Tax Preferences. GAO-05-684, July 29, 2005 (57 pages).


  • Workforce Investment Act: Labor and States Have Taken Actions to Improve Data Quality, but Additional Steps Are Needed. GAO-06-82, November 14, 2005 (40 pages).


  • Electricity Restructuring: Key Challenges Remain. GAO-06-237, November 15, 2005 (22 pages).
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation: IAEA Has Strengthened Its Safeguards and Nuclear Security Programs, but Weaknesses Need to Be Addressed. GAO-06-93, October 7, 2005 (79 pages).

Environmental Protection

  • Chemical Regulation: Approaches in the United States, Canada, and the European Union. GAO-06-217R, November 4, 2005 (21 pages).
  • Chesapeake Bay Program: Improved Strategies Are Needed to Better Assess, Report, and Manage Restoration Progress. GAO-06-96, October 28, 2005 (87 pages).
  • Department of Energy: Preliminary Information on the Potential for Columbia River Contamination from the Hanford Site. GAO-06-77R, November 4, 2005 (33 pages).
  • Environmental Protection: More Complete Data and Continued Emphasis on Leak Prevention Could Improve EPA's Underground Storage Tank Program. GAO-06-45, November 30, 2005 (75 pages).

Financial Institutions

  • Financial Institutions: Issues Regarding the Tax-Exempt Status of Credit Unions. GAO-06-220T, November 3, 2005 (31 pages).
  • OCC Preemption Rulemaking: Opportunities Existed to Enhance the Consultative Efforts and Better Document the Rulemaking Process. GAO-06-8, October 17, 2005 (55 pages).

Financial Management

  • Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. GAO-06-199R, November 4, 2005 (16 pages).
  • Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Federal Unemployment Taxes. GAO-06-197R, November 4, 2005 (7 pages).
  • Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. GAO-06-198R, November 4, 2005 (17 pages).
  • CFO Act of 1990: Driving the Transformation of Federal Financial Management. GAO-06-242T, November 17, 2005 (27 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004 Schedules of Federal Debt. GAO-06-169, November 7, 2005 (31 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Congressional Award Foundation's Fiscal Years 2004 and 2003 Financial Statements. GAO-06-168, November 4, 2005 (22 pages).
  • Financial Audit: IRS's Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004 Financial Statements. GAO-06-137, November 10, 2005 (149 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Securities and Exchange Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. GAO-06-239, November 15, 2005 (77 pages).
  • International Remittances: Information on Products, Costs, and Consumer Disclosures. GAO-06-204, November 17, 2005 (58 pages).

Government Operations

  • Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Schedule and Cost. GAO-06-251T, November 16, 2005 (19 pages).
  • Federal Rulemaking: Past Reviews and Emerging Trends Suggest Issues That Merit Congressional Attention. GAO-06-228T, November 1, 2005 (21 pages).
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Contracting for Response and Recovery Efforts. GAO-06-235T, November 2, 2005 (6 pages).
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Preliminary Observations on Contracting for Response and Recovery Efforts. GAO-06-246T, November 8, 2005 (6 pages).
  • Review of OMB Circular A-76 Health Benefit Cost Factor Needed. GAO-06-87R, November 17, 2005 (6 pages).


  • Anabolic Steroids Are Easily Purchased Without a Prescription and Present Significant Challenges to Law Enforcement Officials. GAO-06-243R, November 3, 2005 (12 pages).
  • Childhood Obesity: Most Experts Identified Physical Activity and the Use of Best Practices as Key to Successful Programs. GAO-06-127R, October 7, 2005 (76 pages).
  • Food and Drug Administration: Decision Process to Deny Initial Application for Over-the-Counter Marketing of the Emergency Contraceptive Drug Plan B Was Unusual. GAO-06-109, November 14, 2005 (57 pages).
  • Global Malaria Control: U.S. and Multinational Investments and Implementation Challenges. GAO-06-147R, November 16, 2005 (55 pages).
  • Influenza Pandemic: Applying Lessons Learned from the 2004-05 Influenza Vaccine Shortage. GAO-06-221T, November 4, 2005 (12 pages).
  • Influenza Vaccine: Shortages in 2004-05 Season Underscore Need for Better Preparation. GAO-05-984, September 30, 2005 (37 pages).
  • Information Technology: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Needs to Establish Critical Investment Management Capabilities. GAO-06-12, October 28, 2005 (51 pages).
  • Medicaid: States' Payments for Outpatient Prescription Drugs. GAO-06-69R, October 31, 2005 (39 pages).
  • Medicare: CMS's Beneficiary Education and Outreach Efforts for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program. GAO-06-139R, November 18, 2005 (26 pages).
  • Medicare: CMS's Implementation and Oversight of the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program. GAO-06-78R, October 31, 2005 (63 pages).
  • Medicare: Little Progress Made in Targeting Outpatient Therapy Payments to Beneficiaries' Needs. GAO-06-59, November 10, 2005 (34 pages).
  • Prescription Drugs: Strategic Framework Would Promote Accountability and Enhance Efforts to Enforce the Prohibitions on Personal Importation. GAO-05-372, September 8, 2005 (70 pages).
  • Private Health Insurance: Number and Market Share of Carriers in the Small Group Health Insurance Market in 2004. GAO-06-155R, October 13, 2005 (5 pages).

Homeland Security

  • ATF: Thefts of Explosives from State and Local Government Storage Facilities Are Few but May Be Underreported. GAO-06-182T, October 31, 2005 (11 pages).
  • Border Security: More Emphasis on State's Consular Safeguards Could Mitigate Visa Malfeasance Risks. GAO-06-115, October 6, 2005 (39 pages).


  • Housing Finance: Ginnie Mae Is Meeting Its Mission but Faces Challenges in a Changing Marketplace. GAO-06-9, October 31, 2005 (41 pages).
  • Mortgage Financing: Additional Action Needed to Manage Risks of FHA-Insured Loans with Down Payment Assistance. GAO-06-24, November 9, 2005 (92 pages).

Income Security

  • Private Pensions: Information on Cash Balance Pension Plans. GAO-06-42, November 3, 2005 (68 pages).

Information Management

  • Information Technology: HHS Has Several Investment Management Capabilities in Place, but Needs to Address Key Weaknesses. GAO-06-11, October 28, 2005 (60 pages).

International Affairs

  • Terrorist Financing: Better Strategic Planning Needed to Coordinate U.S. Efforts to Deliver Counter-Terrorism Financing Training and Technical Assistance Abroad. GAO-06-19, October 24, 2005 (75 pages).
  • United Nations: Preliminary Observations on Internal Oversight and Procurement Practices. GAO-06-226T, October 31, 2005 (15 pages).

Justice and Law Enforcement

  • ATF: Thefts of Explosives from State and Local Government Storage Facilities Are Few but May Be Underreported. GAO-06-92, October 3, 2005 (32 pages).
  • Drug Control: Agencies Need to Plan for Likely Declines in Drug Interdiction Assets, and Develop Better Performance Measures for Transit Zone Operations. GAO-06-200, November 15, 2005 (47 pages).

National Defense

  • DOD Acquisition Outcomes: A Case for Change. GAO-06-257T, November 15, 2005 (11 pages).
  • DOD Business Systems Modernization: Important Progress Made in Establishing Foundational Architecture Products and Investment Management Practices, but Much Work Remains. GAO-06-219, November 23, 2005 (67 pages).
  • DOD Personnel Clearances: Government Plan Addresses Some Longstanding Problems with DOD's Program, But Concerns Remain. GAO-06-233T, November 9, 2005 (13 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Joint Forces Command's Limited Acquisition Authority. GAO-06-240R, November 22, 2005 (12 pages).
  • Defense Management: Actions Are Needed to Improve the Management and Oversight of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program. GAO-06-140, November 29, 2005 (40 pages).
  • Defense Management: Additional Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Risk-Based Approach for Making Resource Decisions. GAO-06-13, November 15, 2005 (34 pages).
  • Defense Management: Foundational Steps Being Taken to Manage DOD Business Systems Modernization, but Much Remains to be Accomplished to Effect True Business Transformation. GAO-06-234T, November 9, 2005 (29 pages).
  • Depot Maintenance: Persistent Deficiencies Limit Accuracy and Usefulness of DOD's Funding Allocation Data Reported to Congress. GAO-06-88, November 18, 2005 (37 pages).
  • Financial Product Sales: Actions Needed to Better Protect Military Members. GAO-06-23, November 2, 2005 (83 pages).
  • Financial Product Sales: Actions Needed to Protect Military Members. GAO-06-245T, November 17, 2005 (24 pages).
  • Human Capital: Observations on Final Regulations for DOD's National Security Personnel System. GAO-06-227T, November 17, 2005 (32 pages).
  • Military Personnel: DOD Needs Action Plan to Address Enlisted Personnel Recruitment and Retention Challenges. GAO-06-134, November 17, 2005 (136 pages).
  • Military Readiness: Navy's Fleet Response Plan Would Benefit from a Comprehensive Management Approach and Rigorous Testing. GAO-06-84, November 22, 2005 (33 pages).

Natural Resources

  • Army Corps of Engineers: History of the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project. GAO-06-244T, November 9, 2005 (9 pages).
  • Valles Caldera: Trust Has Made Some Progress, but Needs to Do More to Meet Statutory Goals. GAO-06-98, November 16, 2005 (42 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

  • Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites: Technical Problems, Cost Increases, and Schedule Delays Trigger Need for Difficult Trade-off Decisions. GAO-06-249T, November 16, 2005 (23 pages).
  • Telecommunications: Preliminary Information on the Federal Communications Commission's Spectrum Allocation and Assignment Process. GAO-06-212R, November 10, 2005 (48 pages).

Special Publications

  • GAO Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2005. GAO-06-1SP, November 15, 2005 (201 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

  • Tax Administration: IRS Improved Some Filing Season Services, but Long-term Goals Would Help Manage Strategic Trade-offs. GAO-06-51, November 14, 2005 (51 pages).
  • Taxpayer Information: Options Exist to Enable Data Sharing Between IRS and USCIS but Each Presents Challenges. GAO-06-100, October 11, 2005 (60 pages).


  • Amtrak Management: Systemic Problems Require Actions to Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability. GAO-06-145, October 4, 2005 (158 pages).
  • Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Oversight System Is Effective but Could Benefit from Better Evaluation of Its Programs' Performance. GAO-06-266T, November 17, 2005 (30 pages).
  • Aviation Security: Federal Action Needed to Strengthen Domestic Air Cargo Security. GAO-06-76, October 17, 2005 (88 pages).
  • Aviation Security: Federal Air Marshal Service Could Benefit from Improved Planning and Controls. GAO-06-203, November 28, 2005 (32 pages).
  • Commercial Aviation: Initial Small Community Air Service Development Projects Have Achieved Mixed Results. GAO-06-21, November 30, 2005 (84 pages).
  • Commercial Aviation: Survey of Small Community Air Service Grantees and Applicants. GAO-06-101SP, November 30, 2005 (2 pages).
  • Highway Safety: Further Opportunities Exist to Improve Data on Crashes Involving Commercial Motor Vehicles. GAO-06-102, November 18, 2005 (58 pages).
  • National Airspace System: Transformation will Require Cultural Change, Balanced Funding Priorities, and Use of All Available Management Tools. GAO-06-154, October 14, 2005 (99 pages).
  • Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT's Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations. GAO-06-52, November 2, 2005 (70 pages).
  • Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT's Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations (Chinese Edition). GAO-06-186, November 2, 2005 (11 pages).
  • Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT's Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations (Korean Version). GAO-06-188, November 2, 2005 (14 pages).
  • Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT's Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations (Spanish Version). GAO-06-185, November 2, 2005 (16 pages).
  • Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT's Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations (Vietnamese Version). GAO-06-187, November 2, 2005 (13 pages).

Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans' Disability Benefits: Improved Transparency Needed to Facilitate Oversight of VBA's Compensation and Pension Staffing Levels. GAO-06-225T, November 3, 2005 (8 pages).

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