Month In Review February 2004

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

Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: USDA Has Addressed Some Problems but Still Faces Enforcement Challenges. GAO-04-247, January 30, 2004 (40 pages).

Budget and Spending

Performance Budgeting: OMB's Program Assessment Rating Tool Presents Opportunities and Challenges For Budget and Performance Integration. GAO-04-439T,
February 4, 2004 (15 pages).

Business, Industry, and Consumers

Consumer Protection: Federal and State Agencies Face Challenges in Combating Predatory Lending. GAO-04-280, January 30, 2004 (120 pages).

Consumer Protection: Federal and State Agencies Face Challenges in Combating Predatory Lending. GAO-04-412T, February 24, 2004 (15 pages).

Civil Rights

Defense of Marriage Act: Update to Prior Report. GAO-04-353R,January 23, 2004 (18 pages).


Distance Education: Improved Data on Program Costs and Guidelines on Quality Assessments Needed to Inform Federal Policy. GAO-04-279, February 26, 2004 (32 pages).


Workforce Investment Act: Labor Actions Can Help States Improve Quality of Performance Outcome Data and Delivery of Youth Services. GAO-04-308, February 23, 2004 (36 pages).

Workforce Training: Almost Half of States Fund Employment Placement and Training through Employer Taxes and Most Coordinate with Federally Funded Programs.
GAO-04-282, February 13, 2004 (46 pages).

Environmental Protection

Clean Air Act: Key Stakeholders' Views on Revisions to the New Source Review Program. GAO-04-274, February 2, 2004 (51 pages).

Individual Fishing Quotas: Economic Effects on Processors and Methods Available to Protect Communities. GAO-04-487T, February 25, 2004 (14 pages).

Individual Fishing Quotas: Methods for Community Protection and New Entry Require Periodic Evaluation. GAO-04-277, February 24, 2004 (46 pages).

Superfund Program: Updated Appropriation and Expenditure Data. GAO-04-475R, February 18, 2004 (4 pages).

Survey of State and Local Air Quality Officials Opinions on the Impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's Revisions to the Clean Air Act's New Source Review Program. GAO-04-337SP, February 2, 2004 (2 pages).

Financial Institutions

Government-Sponsored Enterprises: A Framework for Strengthening GSE Governance and Oversight. GAO-04-269T, February 10, 2004 (24 pages).

Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Study: Study Questionnaires, Responses, and Summary of Respondents' Comments. GAO-04-217, February 26, 2004 (160 pages).

Financial Management

Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2003 and 2002 Financial Statements. GAO-04-429, February 13, 2004 (52 pages).

Government Operations

Architect of the Capitol: Status Report on Implementation of Management Review Recommendations. GAO-04-299, January 30, 2004 (112 pages).

Competitive Sourcing: Greater Emphasis Needed on Increasing Efficiency and Improving Performance. GAO-04-367, February 27, 2004 (47 pages).

Human Capital: Implementing Pay for Performance at Selected Personnel Demonstration Projects. GAO-04-83, January 23, 2004 (68 pages).

Human Capital: Preliminary Observations on Proposed DHS Human Capital Regulations. GAO-04-479T, February 25, 2004 (23 pages).

Need for Comprehensive Postal Reform. GAO-04-455R, February 6, 2004 (4 pages).

Office of Compliance: Status of Management Control Efforts to Improve Effectiveness. GAO-04-400, February 3, 2004 (51 pages).


Public Health Preparedness: Response Capacity Improving, but Much Remains to Be Accomplished. GAO-04-458T, February 12, 2004 (9 pages).

SCHIP: HHS Continues to Approve Waivers That Are Inconsistent with Program Goals. GAO-04-166R, January 5, 2004 (18 pages).

Homeland Security

Aviation Security: Challenges Exist in Stabilizing and Enhancing Passenger and Baggage Screening Operations. GAO-04-440T, February 12, 2004 (37 pages).

Aviation Security: Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System Faces Significant Implementation Challenges. GAO-04-385, February 13, 2004 (48 pages).

Border Security: Improvements Needed to Reduce Time Taken to Adjudicate Visas for Science Students and Scholars. GAO-04-371, February 25, 2004 (51 pages).

Border Security: Improvements Needed to Reduce Time Taken to Adjudicate Visas for Science Students and Scholars. GAO-04-443T, February 25, 2004 (11 pages).

Combating Terrorism: Evaluation of Selected Characteristics in National Strategies Related to Terrorism. GAO-04-408T, February 3, 2004 (48 pages).

HHS Bioterrorism Preparedness Programs: States Reported Progress but Fell Short of Program Goals for 2002. GAO-04-360R, February 10, 2004 (45 pages).

Homeland Security: Federal Action Needed to Address Security Challenges at Chemical Facilities. GAO-04-482T, February 23, 2004 (16 pages).

Investigations of Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering, and Other Financial Crimes. GAO-04-464R, February 20, 2004 (21 pages).

The Department of Homeland Security Needs to Fully Adopt a Knowledge-based Approach to Its Counter-MANPADS Development Program. GAO-04-341R, January 30, 2004 (25 pages).


HUD's Inventory of Affordable Multifamily Housing: Data on Properties with Mortgages Scheduled to Mature and Rental Assistance Set to Expire. GAO-04-210SP, January 3, 2004 (1 page).

Multifamily Housing: More Accessible HUD Data Could Help Efforts to Preserve Housing for Low-Income Tenants. GAO-04-20, January 23, 2004 (43 pages).

Survey of Housing Officials Regarding the Preservation of HUD's Affordable Rental Housing. GAO-04-211SP, January 23, 2004 (1 page).

Information Management

Business Systems Modernization: Internal Revenue Service Needs to Further Strengthen Program Management. GAO-04-438T, February 12, 2004 (13 pages).

Information Management: Update on Freedom of Information Act Implementation Status. GAO-04-257, February 18, 2004 (81 pages).

Information Technology Management: Governmentwide Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement, and Investment Management Can Be Further Improved. GAO-04-49, January 12, 2004 (141 pages).

Telecommunications: GSA Faces Challenges in Planning for New Governmentwide Program. GAO-04-486T, February 26, 2004 (10 pages).

International Affairs

Export Controls: Post-Shipment Verification Provides Limited Assurance That Dual-Use Items Are Being Properly Used. GAO-04-357, January 12, 2004 (29 pages).

Foreign Assistance: USAID and the Department of State Are Beginning to Implement Prohibition on Taxation of Aid. GAO-04-314R, February 20, 2004 (21 pages).

International Trade: Intensifying Free Trade Negotiating Agenda Calls for Better Allocation of Staff and Resources. GAO-04-233, January 12, 2004 (66 pages).

Nonproliferation: Improvements Needed to Better Control Technology Exports for Cruise Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. GAO-04-175, January 23, 2004 (58 pages).

U.S. International Broadcasting: Enhanced Measure of Local Media Conditions Would Facililate Decisions to Terminate Language Services. GAO-04-374, February 26, 2004 (34 pages).

U.S. Public Diplomacy: State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors Expand Efforts in the Middle East but Face Significant Challenges. GAO-04-435T, February 10, 2004 (15 pages).

United Nations: Reforms Progressing, but Comprehensive Assessments Needed to Measure Impact. GAO-04-339, February 13, 2004 (59 pages).

Justice and Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement: Information on Timeliness of Criminal Fingerprint Submissions to the FBI. GAO-04-260, January 27, 2004 (32 pages).

Social Security Numbers: Private Sector Entities Routinely Obtain and Use SSNs, and Laws Limit the Disclosure of This Information. GAO-04-11, January 22, 2004 (30 pages).

National Defense

DOD Personnel Clearances: DOD Needs to Overcome Impediments to Eliminating Backlog and Determining Its Size. GAO-04-344, February 9, 2004 (44 pages).

Defense Infrastructure: Long-term Challenges in Managing the Military Construction Program. GAO-04-288, February 24, 2004 (57 pages).

Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Defense Threat Reduction Agency Addresses Broad Range of Threats, but Performance Reporting Can Be Improved. GAO-04-330, February 13, 2004 (31 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

Space Shuttle: Further Improvements Needed in NASA's Modernization Efforts.
GAO-04-203, January 15, 2004 (26 pages).

Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets. GAO-04-241, February 4, 2004 (37 pages).

Social Services

Corporation For National And Community Service: Better Internal Control and Revised Practices Would Improve the Management of AmeriCorps and the National Service Trust. GAO-04-225, January 16, 2004 (51 pages).

Special Publications

Best Practices: Highlights of the Knowledge-Based Approach Used to Improve Weapon Acquisition. GAO-04-392SP, January 1, 2004 (2 pages).

Best Practices: Using A Knowledge-Based Approach To Improve Weapon Acquisition. GAO-04-386SP, January 1, 2004 (9 pages).

Comptroller General's Forum: High-Performing Organizations: Metrics, Means, and Mechanisms for Achieving High Performance in the 21st Century Public Management Environment. GAO-04-343SP, February 13, 2004 (29 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

Financial Management: Some DOD Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System with Little Consequence. GAO-04-414T, February 12, 2004 (26 pages).

Financial Management: Some DOD Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System with Little Consequence. GAO-04-95, February 12, 2004 (67 pages).

New Markets Tax Credit Program: Progress Made in Implementation, but Further Actions Needed to Monitor Compliance. GAO-04-326, January 30, 2004 (45 pages).

Tax Administration: IRS Issued Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments on Time but Should Study Lessons Learned. GAO-04-372, February 17, 2004 (21 pages).

Tax Administration: Planning for IRS's Enforcement Process Changes Included Many Key Steps but Can Be Improved. GAO-04-287, January 20, 2004 (42 pages).


Aviation Safety: More Research Needed on the Effects of Air Quality on Airliner Cabin Occupants. GAO-04-54, January 16, 2004 (61 pages).

Commuter Rail: Information and Guidance Could Help Facilitate Commuter and Freight Rail Access Negotiations. GAO-04-240, January 9, 2004 (45 pages).

Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Assist States and Local Agencies in Coordinating Transportation Services. GAO-04-420R, February 24, 2004 (16 pages).

Veterans Affairs

VA Health Care: Access for Chattanooga-Area Veterans Needs Improvement.
GAO-04-162, January 30, 2004 (29 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

AC Technologies, Inc.. B-293013, B-293013.2, January 14, 2004 (4 pages).

Allied Materials & Equipment Company, Inc.. B-293231, February 5, 2004 (3 pages).

Assignment of Losses Incurred by the Library of Congress FEDLINK Revolving Fund.
B-301714, January 30, 2004 (5 pages).

BAE Systems Technical Services, Inc.. B-293070, January 28, 2004 (9 pages).

Base Technologies, Inc.. B-293061.2, B-293061.3, January 28, 2004 (11 pages).

CAE USA, Inc.. B-293002, B-293002.2, January 12, 2004 (13 pages).

Cerner Corporation. B-293093, B-293093.2, February 2, 2004 (10 pages).

Computer Information Specialist, Inc.. B-293049, B-293049.2, January 23, 2004 (7 pages).

Consortium HSG Technischer Service GmbH and GeBe Gebaude- und Betriebstechnik GmbH Sudwest Co., Management KG. B-292699.4, February 24, 2004 (3 pages).

Continental RPVs. B-292768.2, B-292768.3, December 11, 2003 (10 pages).

Contract Management, Inc.. B-292760, November 20, 2003 (3 pages).

Federal Management Systems, Inc.. B-293336, February 20, 2004 (5 pages).

Frasca International, Inc.. B-293299, February 6, 2004 (4 pages).

Future Solutions, Inc.. B-293194, February 11, 2004 (5 pages).

L-3 Communications Corporation, Ocean Systems Division--Costs. B-281784.5,
February 17, 2004 (3 pages).

McGhee Construction, Inc.. B-293239, February 5, 2004 (3 pages).

NABCO, Inc.. B-293027, B-293027.2, January 15, 2004 (5 pages).

Network Engineering, Inc.. B-292996, January 7, 2004 (4 pages).

Nevada Real Estate Services, Inc.. B-293105, February 3, 2004 (4 pages).

Proposed Rescission by Department of Commerce of Unobligated Emergency Steel Guarantee Loan Program Appropriation. B-302335, January 15, 2004 (5 pages).

Recognition of R.S. 2477 Rights-of-Way under the Department of the Interior's FLPMA Disclaimer Rules and Its Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Utah. B-300912, February 6, 2004 (22 pages).

Roca Management Education & Training, Inc.. B-293067, January 15, 2004 (5 pages).

Universal Marine & Industrial Services, Inc.. B-292964, December 23, 2003 (4 pages).

William A. Van Auken. B-293590, February 6, 2004 (2 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary: HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Standard Unique Health Identifier for Health Care Providers. GAO-04-428R,
February 4, 2004 (4 pages).

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