GAO Month in Review March 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.

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

Budget and Spending

  • Federal Capital: Three Entities' Implementation of Capital Planning Principles Is Mixed. GAO-07-274, February 23, 2007 (60 pages).

  • Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request: U.S. Government Accountability Office. GAO-07-547T, March 16, 2007 (22 pages).
  • Principles of Federal Appropriations Law: Annual Update of the Third Edition. GAO-07-508SP, March 15, 2007 (95 pages).

Economic Development

  • Disaster Assistance: Better Planning Needed for Housing Victims of Catastrophic Disasters. GAO-07-88, February 28, 2007 (84 pages).
  • Disaster Preparedness: Better Planning Would Improve OSHA's Efforts to Protect Workers' Safety and Health in Disasters. GAO-07-193, March 28, 2007 (72 pages).
  • Hurricane Katrina: Agency Contracting Data Should Be More Complete Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities for Small Businesses. GAO-07-205, March 1, 2007 (56 pages).
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Relief: Continued Findings of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. GAO-07-300, March 15, 2007 (43 pages).


  • Higher Education: Issues Related to Law School Accreditation. GAO-07-314, March 8, 2007 (33 pages).
  • No Child Left Behind Act: Education Assistance Could Help States Better Measure Progress of Students with Limited English Proficiency. GAO-07-646T, March 23, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Reading First: States Report Improvements in Reading Instruction, but Additional Procedures Would Clarify Education's Role in Ensuring Proper Implementation by States. GAO-07-161, February 28, 2007 (53 pages).


  • Human Capital: Federal Workforce Challenges in the 21st Century. GAO-07-556T, March 6, 2007 (11 pages).


  • Crude Oil: Uncertainty about Future Oil Supply Makes It Important to Develop a Strategy for Addressing a Peak and Decline in Oil Production. GAO-07-283, February 28, 2007 (76 pages).
  • Department of Energy: Major Construction Projects Need a Consistent Approach for Assessing Technology Readiness to Help Avoid Cost Increases and Delays. GAO-07-336, March 27, 2007 (50 pages).
  • Energy Efficiency: Long-standing Problems with DOE's Program for Setting Efficiency Standards Continue to Result in Forgone Energy Savings. GAO-07-42, January 31, 2007 (40 pages).
  • Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy: Preliminary Observations on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards. GAO-07-551T, March 6, 2007 (17 pages).
  • The Department of Energy: Key Steps Needed to Help Ensure the Success of the New Loan Guarantee Program for Innovative Technologies by Better Managing Its Financial Risk. GAO-07-339R, February 28, 2007 (42 pages).

Environmental Protection

  • Coastal Barrier Resources System: Status of Development That Has Occurred and Financial Assistance Provided by Federal Agencies. GAO-07-356, March 19, 2007 (66 pages).
  • Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management: Approaches Used by Foreign Countries May Provide Useful Lessons for Managing U.S. Radioactive Waste. GAO-07-221, March 21, 2007 (103 pages).

Financial Institutions

  • Financial Market Regulation: Agencies Engaged in Consolidated Supervision Can Strengthen Performance Measurement and Collaboration. GAO-07-154, March 15, 2007 (79 pages).

Financial Management

  • Federal Financial Management: Critical Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges Facing Our Nation. GAO-07-542T, March 1, 2007 (41 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. GAO-07-476R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the General Federation of Women's Clubs for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. GAO-07-469R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2003. GAO-07-473R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the National Federation of Music Clubs for Fiscal Year 2004. GAO-07-474R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. GAO-07-475R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Report for the Reserve Officers Association of the United States for Fiscal Year 2005. GAO-07-472R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Reports for the Blinded Veterans Association for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004. GAO-07-470R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit Reports for the National Conference on Citizenship for Fiscal Years 2003 through 2005. GAO-07-471R, March 9, 2007 (2 pages).
  • Financial Audit: American Battle Monuments Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2005. GAO-07-321, March 1, 2007 (33 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Capitol Preservation Fund's Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004 Financial Statements. GAO-07-335, March 13, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Independent and Special Counsel Expenditures for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2006. GAO-07-531, March 30, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Financial Audit: Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2005. GAO-07-462, March 13, 2007 (17 pages).
  • Fiscal Year 2006 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation's Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges. GAO-07-607T, March 20, 2007 (38 pages).

Government Operations

  • Architect of the Capitol: Committed, Sustained Leadership Needed to Continue Progress. GAO-07-407, February 28, 2007 (59 pages).
  • Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Status of Project's Schedule and Cost as of March 13, 2007. GAO-07-601T, March 13, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Elections: All Levels of Government Are Needed to Address Electronic Voting System Challenges. GAO-07-576T, March 7, 2007 (51 pages).
  • Forces That Will Shape America's Future: Themes from GAO's Strategic Plan, 2007-2012. GAO-07-467SP, March 2007 (32 pages).
  • GAO Strategic Plan, 2007-2012. GAO-07-1SP, March 2007 (173 pages).
  • GAO's Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2008. GAO-07-421SP, March 1, 2007 (30 pages).
  • GSA Leasing: Initial Implementation of the National Broker Services Contracts Demonstrates Need for Improvements. GAO-07-17, January 31, 2007 (103 pages).
  • Improper Payments: Agencies' Efforts to Address Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements Continue. GAO-07-635T, March 29, 2007 (31 pages).
  • United States Government Accountability Office: Supporting the Congress through Oversight, Insight, and Foresight. GAO-07-644T, March 21, 2007 (22 pages).


  • Children's Health Insurance: States' SCHIP Enrollment and Spending Experiences and Considerations for Reauthorization. GAO-07-558T, March 1, 2007 (44 pages).
  • Drug Safety: FDA Needs to Further Address Shortcomings in Its Postmarket Decision-making Process. GAO-07-599T, March 22, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Food and Drug Administration: Revenue Information on Certain Companies Participating in the Medical Device User Fee Program. GAO-07-571R, March 30, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Medicare Spending: Preliminary Findings Regarding an Approach Focusing on Physician Practice Patterns to Foster Program Efficiency. GAO-07-567T, March 6, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Medicare: Improvements Needed to Address Improper Payments for Medical Equipment and Supplies. GAO-07-59, January 31, 2007 (29 pages).
  • Medicare: Thousands of Medicare Part B Providers Abuse the Federal Tax System. GAO-07-587T, March 20, 2007 (34 pages).
  • National Institutes of Health Extramural Research Grants: Oversight of Cost Reimbursements to Universities. GAO-07-294R, January 31, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Pediatric Drug Research: Studies Conducted under Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act. GAO-07-557, March 22, 2007 (48 pages).

Homeland Security

  • Anthrax Detection: DHS Cannot Ensure That Sampling Activities Will Be Validated. GAO-07-687T, March 29, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS's Decision to Procure and Deploy the Next Generation of Radiation Detection Equipment Is Not Supported by Its Cost-Benefit Analysis. GAO-07-581T, March 14, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Critical Infrastructure: Challenges Remain in Protecting Key Sectors. GAO-07-626T, March 20, 2007 (26 pages).
  • Emergency Preparedness: Current Emergency Alert System Has Limitations, and Development of a New Integrated System Will Be Challenging. GAO-07-411, March 30, 2007 (41 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Continuing Attention to Privacy Concerns is Needed as Programs Are Developed. GAO-07-630T, March 21, 2007 (23 pages).
  • Homeland Security: Preparing for and Responding to Disasters. GAO-07-395T, March 9, 2007 (31 pages).
  • Homeland Security: US-VISIT Program Faces Operational, Technological, and Management Challenges. GAO-07-632T, March 20, 2007 (35 pages).
  • Maritime Security: Public Safety Consequences of a Liquefied Natural Gas Spill Need Clarification. GAO-07-633T, March 21, 2007 (7 pages).
  • Maritime Security: Public Safety Consequences of a Terrorist Attack on a Tanker Carrying Liquefied Natural Gas Need Clarification. GAO-07-316, February 22, 2007 (41 pages).
  • Port Risk Management: Additional Federal Guidance Would Aid Ports in Disaster Planning and Recovery. GAO-07-412, March 28, 2007 (53 pages).


  • Federal Housing Administration: Ability to Manage Risks and Program Changes Will Affect Financial Performance. GAO-07-615T, March 15, 2007 (15 pages).

Income Security

  • Private Pensions: Increased Reliance on 401(k) Plans Calls for Better Information on Fees. GAO-07-530T, March 6, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Social Security Reform: Greater Transparency Needed about Potential General Revenue Financing. GAO-07-213, March 22, 2007 (45 pages).
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Earnings Increased for Many SSA Beneficiaries after Completing VR Services, but Few Earned Enough to Leave SSA's Disability Rolls. GAO-07-332, March 30, 2007 (65 pages).

Information Management

  • Data Mining: Early Attention to Privacy in Developing a Key DHS Program Could Reduce Risks. GAO-07-293, February 28, 2007 (30 pages).
  • Freedom of Information Act: Processing Trends Show Importance of Improvement Plans. GAO-07-441, March 30, 2007 (87 pages).
  • Information Security: Further Efforts Needed to Address Significant Weaknesses at the Internal Revenue Service. GAO-07-364, March 30, 2007 (29 pages).
  • Information Security: Sustained Progress Needed to Strengthen Controls at the Securities and Exchange Commission. GAO-07-256, March 27, 2007 (21 pages).
  • Information Security: Veterans Affairs Needs to Address Long-Standing Weaknesses. GAO-07-532T, February 28, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Telecommunications: GSA Has Accumulated Adequate Funding for Transition to New Contracts but Needs Cost Estimation Policy. GAO-07-268, February 23, 2007 (23 pages).

International Affairs

  • Foreign Assistance: Actions Needed to Better Assess the Impact of Agencies' Marking and Publicizing Efforts. GAO-07-277, March 12, 2007 (46 pages).
  • Foreign Assistance: Enhanced Coordination and Better Methods to Assess the Results of U.S. International Basic Education Efforts Are Needed. GAO-07-523, March 30, 2007 (74 pages).
  • Foreign Assistance: U.S. Agencies Face Challenges to Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Food Aid. GAO-07-616T, March 21, 2007 (38 pages).
  • Foreign Assistance: U.S. Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006. GAO-07-443R, March 5, 2007 (18 pages).
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE's International Radiological Threat Reduction Program Needs to Focus Future Efforts on Securing the Highest Priority Radiological Sources. GAO-07-282, January 31, 2007 (76 pages).
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation: Focusing on the Highest Priority Radiological Sources Could Improve DOE's Efforts to Secure Sources in Foreign Countries. GAO-07-580T, March 13, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: Preliminary Observations on Iraqi Security Forces' Logistical Capabilities. GAO-07-582T, March 9, 2007 (12 pages).
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: Preliminary Observations on Iraqi Security Forces' Logistics and Command and Control Capabilities. GAO-07-503R, March 28, 2007 (19 pages).
  • Section 1206 Security Assistance Program--Findings on Criteria, Coordination, and Implementation. GAO-07-416R, February 28, 2007 (25 pages).
  • Stabilizing Iraq: Factors Impeding the Development of Capable Iraqi Security Forces. GAO-07-612T, March 13, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Stabilizing Iraq: Preliminary Observations on Budget and Management Challenges of Iraq's Security Ministries. GAO-07-637T, March 22, 2007 (15 pages).
  • World Trade Organization: Congress Faces Key Decisions as Efforts to Reach Doha Agreement Intensify. GAO-07-379, March 5, 2007 (66 pages).

National Defense

  • Best Practices: An Integrated Portfolio Management Approach to Weapon System Investments Could Improve DOD's Acquisition Outcomes. GAO-07-388, March 30, 2007 (43 pages).
  • Combating Terrorism: Improved Training and Guidance Needed to More Effectively Address Host Nation Support and Enhance DOD's Force Protection Efforts. GAO-07-200NI, January 31, 2007 (47 pages).
  • DOD and VA Health Care: Challenges Encountered by Injured Servicemembers during Their Recovery Process. GAO-07-589T, March 5, 2007 (11 pages).
  • DOD and VA Health Care: Challenges Encountered by Injured Servicemembers during Their Recovery Process. GAO-07-606T, March 8, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Air Force Decision to Include a Passenger and Cargo Capability in Its Replacement Refueling Aircraft Was Made without Required Analyses. GAO-07-367R, March 6, 2007 (17 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Analysis of Costs for the Joint Strike Fighter Engine Program. GAO-07-656T, March 22, 2007 (18 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs. GAO-07-406SP, March 30, 2007 (167 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Future Combat System Risks Underscore the Importance of Oversight. GAO-07-672T, March 27, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Issues Concerning Airlift and Tanker Programs. GAO-07-566T, March 7, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Key Decisions to Be Made on Future Combat System. GAO-07-376, March 15, 2007 (61 pages).
  • Defense Acquisitions: Missile Defense Acquisition Strategy Generates Results but Delivers Less at a Higher Cost. GAO-07-387, March 15, 2007 (71 pages).
  • Defense Infrastructure: Environmental Cleanup of Former Naval Facilities on Vieques. GAO-07-552R, March 26, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Defense Inventory: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Management of DOD's Acquisition Lead Times for Spare Parts. GAO-07-281, March 2, 2007 (41 pages).
  • Defense Services Acquisition: Questions for the Record. GAO-07-640R, March 26, 2007 (10 pages).
  • Defense Trade: National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Companies Could Be Improved. GAO-07-661T, March 23, 2007 (14 pages).
  • Joint Strike Fighter: Progress Made and Challenges Remain. GAO-07-360, March 15, 2007 (30 pages).
  • Military Personnel: DMDC Data on Officers' Commissioning Programs is Insufficiently Reliable and Needs to be Corrected. GAO-07-372R, March 8, 2007 (10 pages).
  • Military Personnel: Medical, Family Support, and Educational Services Are Available for Exceptional Family Members. GAO-07-317R, March 16, 2007 (16 pages).
  • Nuclear Weapons: Annual Assessment of the Safety, Performance, and Reliability of the Nation's Stockpile. GAO-07-243R, February 2, 2007 (21 pages).
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: DOD Should Apply Lessons Learned Concerning the Need for Security over Conventional Munitions Storage Sites to Future Operations Planning. GAO-07-444, March 22, 2007 (34 pages).
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: DOD Should Apply Lessons Learned Concerning the Need for Security over Conventional Munitions Storage Sites to Future Operations Planning. GAO-07-639T, March 22, 2007 (12 pages).

Natural Resources

  • Posthearing Questions: Major Management Challenges at the Department of the Interior. GAO-07-659R, March 28, 2007 (9 pages).
  • Royalties Collection: Ongoing Problems with Interior's Efforts to Ensure A Fair Return for Taxpayers Require Attention. GAO-07-682T, March 28, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Yellowstone National Park: Preliminary Observations on the Implementation of the Interagency Bison Management Plan. GAO-07-638T, March 20, 2007 (10 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

  • NASA: Enhanced Use Leasing Program Needs Additional Controls. GAO-07-306R, March 1, 2007 (15 pages).
  • NASA: Issues Surrounding the Transition from the Space Shuttle to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems. GAO-07-595T, March 28, 2007 (15 pages).

Social Services

  • Food Stamp Program: FNS Could Improve Guidance and Monitoring to Help Ensure Appropriate Use of Noncash Categorical Eligibility. GAO-07-465, March 28, 2007 (120 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

  • Taxpayer Advocate Service: Caseload Has Grown and Taxpayers Report Being Satisfied, but Additional Measures of Efficiency and Effectiveness Are Needed. GAO-07-156, February 22, 2007 (51 pages).


  • Airport Finance: Preliminary Analysis Indicates Proposed Changes in the Airport Improvement Program May Not Resolve Funding Needs for Smaller Airports. GAO-07-617T, March 28, 2007 (23 pages).
  • Aviation Safety: Improved Data Collection Needed for Effective Oversight of Air Ambulance Industry. GAO-07-353, February 21, 2007 (61 pages).
  • Coast Guard: Status of Efforts to Improve Deepwater Program Management and Address Operational Challenges. GAO-07-575T, March 8, 2007 (26 pages).
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Key Issues in Ensuring the Efficient Development and Safe Operation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. GAO-07-636T, March 22, 2007 (33 pages).
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Observations on Selected Changes to FAA's Funding and Budget Structure in the Administration's Reauthorization Proposal. GAO-07-625T, March 21, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Joint Planning and Development Office: Progress and Key Issues in Planning the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. GAO-07-693T, March 29, 2007 (20 pages).
  • Next Generation Air Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Planning and Implementing the Transformation of the National Airspace System. GAO-07-649T, March 22, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Passenger Rail Security: Federal Strategy and Enhanced Coordination Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts. GAO-07-583T, March 7, 2007 (23 pages).
  • Performance and Accountability: Transportation Challenges Facing Congress and the Department of Transportation. GAO-07-545T, March 6, 2007 (34 pages).
  • Railroad Safety--Responses to Posthearing Questions. GAO-07-610R, March 15, 2007 (5 pages).
  • Reagan National Airport: Update on Capacity to Handle Additional Flights and Impact on Other Area Airports. GAO-07-352, February 28, 2007 (31 pages).
  • Underinflated Tires in the United States. GAO-07-246R, February 9, 2007 (17 pages).

Veterans Affairs

  • VA Health Care: VA Should Better Monitor Implementation and Impact of Capital Asset Alignment Decisions. GAO-07-408, March 21, 2007 (51 pages).
  • VA Student Financial Aid: Management Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs and to Assess State Approving Agencies. GAO-07-384, March 8, 2007 (36 pages).
  • Veterans' Disability Benefits: Long-Standing Claims Processing Challenges Persist. GAO-07-512T, March 7, 2007 (13 pages).
  • Veterans' Disability Benefits: Processing of Claims Continues to Present Challenges. GAO-07-562T, March 13, 2007 (12 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

  • Architect of the Capitol--Reimbursement of Office of Compliance Investigating and Monitoring Costs. B-308774, March 15, 2007 (7 pages).
  • Frontier Systems Integrators, LLC. B-298872.3, February 28, 2007 (8 pages).
  • GPA-Buffer, LP. B-298953.2, March 21, 2007 (5 pages).
  • Hawkeye Glove Manufacturing, Inc.. B-299237, March 6, 2007 (4 pages).
  • ITT Federal Services International Corporation. B-296783, B-296783.3, October 11, 2005 (14 pages).
  • MCS Portable Restroom Service. B-299291, March 28, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Mathews Associates, Inc.. B-299305, March 5, 2007 (4 pages).
  • OK Produce; Coast Citrus Distributors. B-299058, B-299058.2, February 2, 2007 (10 pages).
  • Operational Research Consultants, Inc.. B-299131.1, B-299131.2, February 16, 2007 (15 pages).
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation--Reimbursement for Financial Analysis Services. B-307849, March 1, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Saturn Landscape Plus, Inc.. B-297450.3, April 18, 2006 (6 pages).
  • Shirlington Limousine & Transport, Inc.. B-299241, March 13, 2007 (8 pages).
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Company; Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego. B-299145, B-299145.2, B-299145.3, February 26, 2007 (11 pages).
  • Solec Corporation. B-299266, March 5, 2007 (3 pages).
  • SourceLink Ohio, LLC. B-299258, March 12, 2007 (4 pages).
  • Southwest Research Institute. B-299042.2, March 23, 2007 (4 pages).
  • TYBRIN Corporation. B-298364.6, B-298364.7, March 13, 2007 (8 pages).
  • United States Central Command--Cairo Housing. B-308150, March 9, 2007 (6 pages).
  • Vaden Industries, Inc.. B-299338, March 5, 2007 (4 pages).
  • Wackenhut International, Inc., Wackenhut Puerto Rico, Inc., Wackenhut Jordan, LTD.--a Joint Venture. B-299022, B-299022.2, January 23, 2007 (6 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Traumatic Injury Protection Rider to Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance. GAO-07-619R, March 20, 2007 (4 pages).
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources. GAO-07-553R, March 9, 2007 (5 pages).

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