GAO Month in Review November 2009

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

Budget and Spending

Budget Issues: Electronic Processing of Non-IRS Collections Has Increased but Better Understanding of Cost Structure Is Needed
GAO-10-11, November 20, 2009
[back to top]

Business, Industry, and Consumers

Credit Cards: Rising Interchange Fees Have Increased Costs for Merchants, but Options for Reducing Fees Pose Challenges
GAO-10-45, November 19, 2009
Household Goods Moving Industry: Progress Has Been Made in Enforcement, but Increased Focus on Consumer Protection Is Needed
GAO-10-38, October 30, 2009
[back to top]


Grant Monitoring: Department of Education Could Improve Its Processes with Greater Focus on Assessing Risks, Acquiring Financial Skills, and Sharing Information
GAO-10-57, November 19, 2009
Higher Education: Factors Lenders Consider in Making Lending Decisions for Private Education Loans
GAO-10-86R, November 17, 2009
Student Achievement: Schools Use Multiple Strategies to Help Students Meet Academic Standards, Especially Schools with Higher Proportions of Low-Income and Minority Students
GAO-10-18, November 16, 2009
[back to top]


Workplace Safety and Health: Enhancing OSHA's Records Audit Process Could Improve the Accuracy of Worker Injury and Illness Data
GAO-10-10, October 15, 2009
[back to top]


Nuclear Weapons: National Nuclear Security Administration Needs to Better Manage Risks Associated with Modernization of Its Kansas City Plant
GAO-10-115, October 23, 2009
[back to top]

Financial Institutions

Troubled Asset Relief Program: Continued Stewardship Needed as Treasury Develops Strategies for Monitoring and Divesting Financial Interests in Chrysler and GM
GAO-10-151, November 2, 2009
[back to top]

Financial Management

Financial Audit: Bureau of the Public Debt's Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008 Schedules of Federal Debt
GAO-10-88, November 10, 2009
Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Statements
GAO-10-218, November 16, 2009
Financial Audit: IRS's Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008 Financial Statements
GAO-10-176, November 10, 2009
Financial Audit: Securities and Exchange Commission's Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2008
GAO-10-250, November 16, 2009
Millennium Challenge Corporation: MCC Has Addressed a Number of Implementation Challenges, but Needs to Improve Financial Controls and Infrastructure Planning
GAO-10-52, November 6, 2009
[back to top]

Government Operations

2010 Census: Census Bureau Has Made Progress on Schedule and Operational Control Tools, but Needs to Prioritize Remaining System Requirements
GAO-10-59, November 13, 2009
Elderly Voters: Information on Promising Practices Could Strengthen the Integrity of the Voting Process in Long-term Care Facilities
GAO-10-6, November 30, 2009
Federal Aviation Administration: Human Capital System Incorporates Many Leading Practices, but Improving Employees' Satisfaction with Their Workplace Remains a Challenge
GAO-10-89, October 28, 2009
Integrity Committee's Process to Address Allegations of Wrongdoing by Inspectors General
GAO-10-63R, October 15, 2009
Program Evaluation: A Variety of Rigorous Methods Can Help Identify Effective Interventions
GAO-10-30, November 23, 2009
Recovery Act: Agencies Are Addressing Broadband Program Challenges, but Actions Are Needed to Improve Implementation
GAO-10-80, November 16, 2009
Recovery Act: Recipient Reported Jobs Data Provide Some Insight into Use of Recovery Act Funding, but Data Quality and Reporting Issues Need Attention
GAO-10-223, November 19, 2009
Recovery Act: Recipient Reported Jobs Data Provide Some Insight into Use of Recovery Act Funding, but Data Quality and Reporting Issues Need Attention
GAO-10-224T, November 19, 2009
U.S. Postal Service: Financial Challenges Continue, with Relatively Limited Results from Recent Revenue-Generation Efforts
GAO-10-191T, November 5, 2009
[back to top]


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Deficiencies in Contract Management Internal Control Are Pervasive
GAO-10-60, October 23, 2009
Indian Health Service: Updated Policies and Procedures and Increased Oversight Needed for Billings and Collections from Private Insurers
GAO-10-42R, October 22, 2009
[back to top]

Homeland Security

Combating Nuclear Smuggling: Recent Testing Raises Issues About the Potential Effectiveness of Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors
GAO-10-252T, November 17, 2009
Homeland Security: Greater Attention to Key Practices Would Help Address Security Vulnerabilities at Federal Buildings
GAO-10-236T, November 18, 2009
Homeland Security: Greater Attention to Key Practices Would Improve the Federal Protective Service's Approach to Facility Protection
GAO-10-142, October 23, 2009
Homeland Security: Key US-VISIT Components at Varying Stages of Completion, but Integrated and Reliable Schedule Needed
GAO-10-13, November 19, 2009
[back to top]

Income Security

Private Pensions: Sponsors of 10 Underfunded Plans Paid Executives Approximately $350 Million in Compensation Shortly Before Termination
GAO-10-77, October 21, 2009
[back to top]

Information Management

Critical Infrastructure Protection: OMB Leadership Needed to Strengthen Agency Planning Efforts to Protect Federal Cyber Assets
GAO-10-148, October 15, 2009
Cybersecurity: Continued Efforts Are Needed to Protect Information Systems from Evolving Threats
GAO-10-230T, November 17, 2009
Information Security: Actions Needed to Manage, Protect, and Sustain Improvements to Los Alamos National Laboratory's Classified Computer Network
GAO-10-28, October 14, 2009
Information Technology: Agencies Need to Improve the Implementation and Use of Earned Value Techniques to Help Manage Major System Acquisitions
GAO-10-2, October 8, 2009
Information Technology: U.S. Postal Service Needs to Strengthen System Acquisition and Management Capabilities to Improve Its Intelligent Mail Full Service Program
GAO-10-145, October 29, 2009
National Archives: Progress and Risks in Implementing its Electronic Records Archive Initiative
GAO-10-222T, November 5, 2009
[back to top]

International Affairs

Afghanistan's Security Environment
GAO-10-178R, November 5, 2009
Contingency Contracting: Further Improvements Needed in Agency Tracking of Contractor Personnel and Contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan
GAO-10-187, November 2, 2009
International Monetary Fund: Lending Programs Allow for Negotiations and Are Consistent with Economic Literature
GAO-10-44, November 12, 2009
International Trade: Options for Congressional Consideration to Improve U.S. Trade Preference Programs
GAO-10-262T, November 17, 2009
[back to top]

Justice and Law Enforcement

Bureau of Prisons: Methods for Cost Estimation Largely Reflect Best Practices, but Quantifying Risks Would Enhance Decision Making
GAO-10-94, November 10, 2009
Corporate Crime: Prosecutors Adhered to Guidance in Selecting Monitors for Deferred Prosecution and Non-Prosecution Agreements, but DOJ Could Better Communicate Its Role in Resolving Conflicts
GAO-10-260T, November 19, 2009
U.S. Marshals: Qualifications and Comparison of Demographic Characteristics to Their Counterparts in Selected Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
GAO-10-15R, November 13, 2009
[back to top]

National Defense

Defense Acquisitions: Further Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in DOD's Management of Professional and Management Support Contracts
GAO-10-39, November 20, 2009
Defense Acquisitions: Strategic Airlift Gap Has Been Addressed, but Tactical Airlift Plans Are Evolving as Key Issues Have Not Been Resolved
GAO-10-67, November 12, 2009
Defense Health Care: Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Documentation Needs Improvement
GAO-10-56, November 19, 2009
Defense Infrastructure: Guam Needs Timely Information from DOD to Meet Challenges in Planning and Financing Off-Base Projects and Programs to Support a Larger Military Presence
GAO-10-90R, November 13, 2009
Defense Infrastructure: The Army Needs to Establish Priorities, Goals, and Performance Measures for Its Arsenal Support Program Initiative
GAO-10-167R, November 5, 2009
Defense Logistics: Department of Defense's Annual Report on the Status of Prepositioned Materiel and Equipment Can Be Further Enhanced to Better Inform Congress
GAO-10-172R, November 4, 2009
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Estimated Costs Have Increased While Savings Estimates Have Decreased Since Fiscal Year 2009
GAO-10-98R, November 13, 2009
Operation Iraqi Freedom: Preliminary Observations on DOD Planning for the Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq
GAO-10-179, November 2, 2009
[back to top]

Natural Resources

Energy-Water Nexus: Many Uncertainties Remain about National and Regional Effects of Increased Biofuel Production on Water Resources
GAO-10-116, November 30, 2009
Federal Land Management: Challenges to Implementing the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act
GAO-10-259T, November 17, 2009
[back to top]

Social Services

Poverty Determination in U.S. Insular Areas
GAO-10-240R, November 10, 2009
[back to top]


Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2009 Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-10-92R, November 5, 2009
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2009 Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-10-93R, November 5, 2009
Surface Transportation: Efforts to Address Highway Congestion through Real-Time Traffic Information Systems Are Expanding but Face Implementation Challenges
GAO-10-121R, November 30, 2009
[back to top]

Veterans Affairs

Department Of Veterans Affairs: Improvements Needed in Corrective Action Plans to Remediate Financial Reporting Material Weaknesses
GAO-10-65, November 16, 2009
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Analysis of VA Compensation Levels for Survivors of Veterans and Servicemembers
GAO-10-62, November 13, 2009
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Case Studies Show Fraud and Abuse Allowed Ineligible Firms to Obtain Millions of Dollars in Contracts
GAO-10-108, October 23, 2009
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Case Studies Show Fraud and Abuse Allowed Ineligible Firms to Obtain Millions of Dollars in Contracts
GAO-10-255T, November 19, 2009
[back to top]

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

ACS Education Solutions, LLC
B-401531; B-401531.2; B-401531.3, October 5, 2009
All Seasons Apparel, Inc.
B-401805; B-401805.2, November 4, 2009
Alsalam Aircraft Company--Costs
B-401298.3, November 5, 2009
American Construction Company
B-401493.2, October 16, 2009
Armorworks Enterprises, LLC
B-401671.3, November 6, 2009
Brian X. Scott
B-401960, November 9, 2009
Commissioning Solutions Global, LLC
B-401553, October 6, 2009
DMS-All Star Joint Venture
B-310932.6; B-310932.7, October 9, 2009
District of Columbia Courts--Authority to Pay Settlements and Judgments
B-318426, November 2, 2009
Diversified Maintenance Systems, Inc.
B-401329.4, November 9, 2009
EMS Ice, Inc.
B-401688.3; B-401688.6, October 8, 2009
Exegistics, Inc.
B-401690, November 5, 2009
General Dynamics--Ordnance & Tactical Systems
B-401658; B-401658.2, October 26, 2009
Health Net Federal Services, LLC
B-401652, October 13, 2009
Health Net Federal Services, LLC
B-401652.3; B-401652.5, November 4, 2009
Humana Military Healthcare Services
B-401652.2; B-401652.4; B-401652.6, October 28, 2009
Manthos Engineering, LLC
B-401751, October 16, 2009
PR Newswire Association, LLC
B-401692, November 5, 2009
Science Applications International Corporation
B-401773, November 10, 2009
Telephonics Corporation
B-401647; B-401647.2, October 16, 2009
The Mangi Environmental Group, Inc.
B-401775, November 5, 2009
The Mangi Environmental Group, Inc.
B-401783, November 20, 2009
TransAtlantic Lines, LLC
B-401825, November 23, 2009
Trison Construction, Inc.
B-401537.2, November 9, 2009
Trusted Base, LLC
B-401670, October 27, 2009
Washington-Harris Group
B-401794; B-401794.2, November 16, 2009
[back to top]

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Department of Education: General and Non-Loan Programmatic Issues
GAO-10-238R, November 17, 2009
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels; Reverse Auction Procedures and Standards
GAO-10-214R, November 10, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Medical Examination of Aliens--Removal of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection From Definition of Communicable Disease of Public Health Significance
GAO-10-239R, November 17, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Home Health Prospective Payment System; Rate Update for Calendar Year 2010
GAO-10-261R, November 24, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts for Calendar Year 2010
GAO-10-207R, November 6, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rate, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2010
GAO-10-208R, November 6, 2009
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Part A Premium for Calendar Year 2010 for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
GAO-10-209R, November 6, 2009
Environmental Protection Agency: Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases
GAO-10-228R, November 13, 2009
Environmental Protection Agency: Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule--Amendments
GAO-10-267R, November 24, 2009
[back to top]

If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Young of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800 or via email at YoungC1@GAO.GOV.

Subscribe to this monthly mailing and daily E-mail updates about GAO products at the "E-mail Updates" section of

Remove yourself from this mailing list by sending an E-mail message to: with the message: unsubscribe review-m in the message body.

Find these and other GAO products in the "Reports and Testimonies" section or the "Legal Decisions" section of Order printed copies of any of these items from GAO: 202-512-6000 (voice) 202-512-2537 (TDD) 202-512-6061 (fax).


This list is produced by the Government Accountability Office.