GAO Month in Review July 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

Crop Insurance: USDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Insurance Companies and Develop a Policy to Address Any Future
Insolvencies. GAO-04-517, June 1, 2004 (49 pages).

Budget and Spending

Federal Agency Obligations. GAO-04-884SP, June 25, 2004 (2 pages).

Federal Budget: Agency Obligations by Budget Function and Object Classification for Fiscal Year 2003. GAO-04-834, June 25, 2004 (73 pages).

Business, Industry, and Consumers

Small Business Administration: New Service for Lender Oversight Reflects Some Best Practices, but Strategy for Use Lags Behind. GAO-04-610, June 8, 2004 (40 pages).

Civil Rights

Gender Issues: Women's Participation in the Sciences Has Increased, but Agencies Need to Do More to Ensure Compliance with Title IX. GAO-04-639, July 22, 2004 (49 pages).

Economic Development

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Lack of Controls and Key Information for Property Leave Assets Vulnerable to Loss or Misappropriation. GAO-04-819R, July 15, 2004 (14 pages).

Rural Utilities Service: Opportunities to Better Target Assistance to Rural Areas and Avoid Unnecessary Financial Risk.
GAO-04-647, June 18, 2004 (38 pages).


Special Education: Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements. GAO-04-659, July 15, 2004 (33 pages).


Energy Markets: Mergers and Many Other Factors Affect U.S. Gasoline Markets. GAO-04-951T, July 7, 2004 (12 pages).

Energy Markets: Mergers and Other Factors that Affect the U.S. Refining Industry. GAO-04-982T, July 15, 2004 (17 pages).

National Nuclear Security Administration: Key Management Structure and Workforce Planning Issues Remain As NNSA Conducts Downsizing. GAO-04-545, June 25, 2004 (31 pages).

Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE Needs to Take Action to Further Reduce the Use of Weapons-Usable Uranium in Civilian Research Reactors. GAO-04-807, July 30, 2004 (43 pages).

Nuclear Waste: Absence of Key Management Reforms on Hanford's Cleanup Project Adds to Challenges of Achieving Cost and Schedule Goals. GAO-04-611, June 9, 2004 (49 pages).

Uranium Enrichment: Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund Is Insufficient to Cover Cleanup Costs. GAO-04-692, July 2, 2004 (48 pages).

Environmental Protection

Drinking Water: Safeguarding the District of Columbia's Supplies and Applying Lessons Learned to Other Systems. GAO-04-974T, July 22, 2004 (15 pages).

Grants Management: EPA Continues to Have Problems Linking Grants to Environmental Results. GAO-04-983T, July 20, 2004 (18 pages).

Financial Institutions

Better Information Sharing Among Financial Services Regulators Could Improve Protections for Consumers. GAO-04-882R, June 29, 2004 (24 pages).

Environmental Disclosure: SEC Should Explore Ways to Improve Tracking and Transparency of Information. GAO-04-808, July 14, 2004 (74 pages).

Securities And Exchange Commission: Review of Fiscal Year 2003 and 2004 Budget Allocations. GAO-04-818, July 23, 2004 (26 pages).

Securities Markets: Preliminary Observations on the Use of Subpenny Pricing. GAO-04-968T, July 22, 2004 (12 pages).

Financial Management

Core Financial System Requirements: Checklist for Reviewing Systems under the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act. GAO-04-763G, July 1, 2004 (135 pages).

Financial Accounting Standards: Accounting for Stock Options and Other Share-Based Payments. GAO-04-962T, July 8, 2004 (4 pages).

Financial Management: Department of Homeland Security Faces Significant Financial Management Challenges. GAO-04-774, July 19, 2004 (30 pages).

Fiscal Year 2003 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation's Future Fiscal Challenges. GAO-04-886T, July 8, 2004 (34 pages).

GAO/PCIE: Financial Audit Manual: Checklist for Federal Accounting Reporting, and Disclosures. GAO-04-942G, July 1, 2004 (225 pages).

GAO/PCIE: Financial Audit Manual: Update. GAO-04-1015G, July 1, 2004 (122 pages).

Government Operations

Contract Management: Guidance Needed to Promote Competition for Defense Task Orders. GAO-04-874, July 30, 2004 (24 pages).

District of Columbia: FY 2003 Performance Report Shows Continued Improvements. GAO-04-940R, July 7, 2004 (13 pages).

Elections: Electronic Voting Offers Opportunities and Presents Challenges. GAO-04-975T, July 20, 2004 (43 pages).

Federal Acquisition: Increased Attention to Vehicle Fleets Could Result in Savings. GAO-04-664, May 25, 2004 (35 pages).

Government Printing Office: Actions to Strengthen and Sustain GPO's Transformation. GAO-04-830, June 30, 2004 (81 pages).

Human Capital: Building on the Current Momentum to Transform the Federal Government. GAO-04-976T, July 20, 2004 (19 pages).

Human Capital: DHS Faces Challenges In Implementing Its New Personnel System. GAO-04-790, June 18, 2004 (32 pages).

Human Capital: Increasing Agencies' Use of New Hiring Flexibilities. GAO-04-959T, July 13, 2004 (13 pages).

Human Capital: Key Practices to Increasing Federal Telework. GAO-04-950T, July 8, 2004 (8 pages).

Human Capital: Selected Agencies' Use of Alternative Service Delivery Options for Human Capital Activities. GAO-04-679, June 25, 2004 (36 pages).

U.S. Postal Service: USPS Needs to Clearly Communicate How Postal Services May Be Affected by Its Retail Optimization Plans. GAO-04-803, July 13, 2004 (45 pages).


Global Health: U.S. AIDS Coordinator Addressing Some Key Challenges to Expanding Treatment but Others Remain. GAO-04-784, July 12, 2004 (79 pages).

Health Care: National Strategy Needed to Accelerate the Implementation of Information Technology. GAO-04-947T, July 14,
2004 (12 pages).

Medicaid Waivers: HHS Approvals of Pharmacy Plus Demonstrations Continue to Raise Cost and Oversight Concerns. GAO-04-480, June 30, 2004 (74 pages).

Medicare: CMS Needs Additional Authority to Adequately Oversee Patient Safety in Hospitals. GAO-04-850, July 20, 2004 (50 pages).

Nursing Home Fire Safety: Recent Fires Highlight Weaknesses in Federal Standards and Oversight. GAO-04-660, July 16, 2004 (54 pages).

Prescription Drugs: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Enforce the Prohibitions on Personal Importation. GAO-04-839T,
July 22, 2004 (22 pages).

Private Health Insurance: Coverage of Key Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests is Common but Not Universal. GAO-04-713, June 17, 2004 (21 pages).

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration: Planning for Program Changes and Future Workforce Needs Is
Incomplete. GAO-04-683, June 4, 2004 (38 pages).

Homeland Security

Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Eliminate Weaknesses in the Visa Revocation Process. GAO-04-795, July 13,
2004 (44 pages).

Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Eliminate Weaknesses in the Visa Revocation Process. GAO-04-899T, July 13, 2004 (14 pages).

Border Security: Agencies Need to Better Coordinate Their Strategies and Operations on Federal Lands. GAO-04-590, June 16, 2004 (106 pages).

Department of Homeland Security: Financial Management Challenges. GAO-04-945T, July 8, 2004 (12 pages).

Homeland Security: Communication Protocols and Risk Communication Principles Can Assist in Refining the Advisory
System. GAO-04-682, June 25, 2004 (127 pages).

Homeland Security: Federal Leadership and Intergovernmental Cooperation Required to Achieve First Responder Interoperable Communications. GAO-04-740, July 20, 2004 (93 pages).

Homeland Security: Federal Leadership and Intergovernmental Cooperation Required to Achieve First Responder Interoperable Communications. GAO-04-963T, July 20, 2004 (26 pages).

Status of Key Recommendations GAO Has Made to DHS and Its Legacy Agencies. GAO-04-865R, July 2, 2004 (75 pages).


Multifamily Housing: More Accessible HUD Data Could Help Efforts to Preserve Housing for Low-Income Tenants. GAO-04-992T, July 20, 2004 (15 pages).

Income Security

Social Security Administration: More Effort Needed to Assess Consistency of Disability Decisions. GAO-04-656, July 2, 2004 (53 pages).

Information Management

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Improving Information Sharing with Infrastructure Sectors. GAO-04-780, July 9, 2004 (63

Federal Chief Information Officers: Responsibilities, Reporting Relationships, Tenure, and Challenges. GAO-04-823, July 21, 2004 (62 pages).

Information Security: Agencies Need to Implement Consistent Processes In Authorizing Systems for Operation. GAO-04-376, June 28, 2004 (40 pages).

Information Technology: Training Can Be Enhanced by Greater Use of Leading Practices. GAO-04-791, June 24, 2004 (76 pages).

Information and Technology Management: Responsibilities, Reporting Relationships, Tenure, and Challenges of Agency Chief
Information Officers. GAO-04-957T, July 21, 2004 (16 pages).

International Affairs

Treasury Continues Its Formal Process to Promote U.S. Policies at the International Monetary Fund. GAO-04-928R, July 12, 2004 (18 pages).

United Nations: Observations on the Oil for Food Program and Areas for Further Investigation. GAO-04-953T, July 8, 2004 (21 pages).

Justice and Law Enforcement

Drug Rehabilitation Clinics: Illegal Drug Activities Near Some District of Columbia Clinics Undermine Clinic Services and
Patient Rehabilitation. GAO-04-946T, July 6, 2004 (4 pages).

No FEAR Act: Methods the Justice Department Says It Could Use to Account for Its Per-Case Costs Under the Act. GAO-04-863, July 22, 2004 (14 pages).

National Defense

DOD Business Systems Modernization: Billions Continue to Be Invested with Inadequate Management Oversight and Accountability. GAO-04-615, May 28, 2004 (78 pages).

Defense Acquisitions: Space-Based Radar Effort Needs Additional Knowledge before Starting Development. GAO-04-759, July 19, 2004 (37 pages).

Defense Acquisitions: The Global Information Grid and Challenges Facing Its Implementation. GAO-04-858, July 28, 2004 (32 pages).

Defense Infrastructure: Factors Affecting U.S. Infrastructure Costs Overseas and the Development of Comprehensive Master Plans. GAO-04-609, July 15, 2004 (61 pages).

Defense Trade: Issues Concerning the Use of Offsets in International Defense Sales. GAO-04-954T, July 8, 2004 (16

Department of Defense: Financial and Business Management Transformation Hindered by Long-standing Problems. GAO-04-941T, July 8, 2004 (26 pages).

Department of Defense: Long-standing Problems Continue to Impede Financial and Business Management Transformation. GAO-04-907T, July 7, 2004 (37 pages).

FY 2005 Annual Report on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. GAO-04-930R, July 9, 2004 (13 pages).

Foreign Military Sales: Improved Navy Controls Could Prevent Unauthorized Shipments of Classified and Controlled Spare Parts to Foreign Countries. GAO-04-507, June 25, 2004 (27 pages).

Information Technology: DOD's Acquisition Policies and Guidance Need to Incorporate Additional Best Practices and Controls. GAO-04-722, July 30, 2004 (50 pages).

Military Education: DOD Needs to Develop Performance Goals and Metrics for Advanced Distributed Learning in Professional
Military Education. GAO-04-873, July 30, 2004 (47 pages).

Military Operations: DOD's Extensive Use of Logistics Support Contracts Requires Strengthened Oversight. GAO-04-854, July 19, 2004 (68 pages).

Military Operations: Fiscal Year 2004 Costs for the Global War on Terrorism Will Exceed Supplemental, Requiring DOD to Shift Funds from Other Uses. GAO-04-915, July 21, 2004 (24 pages).

Military Pay: Army Reserve Soldiers Mobilized to Active Duty Experienced Significant Pay Problems. GAO-04-990T, July 20, 2004 (51 pages).

Military Personnel: Survivor Benefits for Servicemembers and Federal, State, and City Government Employees. GAO-04-814, July 15, 2004 (122 pages).

Vendor Payments: Inadequate Management Oversight Hampers the Navy's Ability to Effectively Manage Its Telecommunication Program. GAO-04-671, June 14, 2004 (39 pages).

Natural Resources

Wildland Fires: Forest Service and BLM Need Better Information and a Systematic Approach for Assessing the Risks of
Environmental Effects. GAO-04-705, June 24, 2004 (88 pages).

Science, Space, and Technology

Telecommunications: German DTV Transition Differs from U.S. Transition in Many Respects, but Certain Key Challenges Are
Similar. GAO-04-926T, July 21, 2004 (22 pages).

Social Services

Guardianships: Collaboration Needed to Protect Incapacitated Elderly People. GAO-04-655, July 13, 2004 (91 pages).

TANF And Child Care Programs: HHS Lacks Adequate Information to Assess Risk and Assist States in Managing Improper Payments. GAO-04-723, June 18, 2004 (65 pages).

Special Publications

GAO's Congressional Protocols. GAO-04-310G, July 16, 2004 (22 pages).

Highlights of a GAO Forum: Workforce Challenges and Opportunities For 21st Century: Changing Labor Force Dynamics and
the Role of Government Polices. GAO-04-845SP, June 1, 2004 (17 pages).

Tax Policy and Administration

Taxpayer Information: Data Sharing and Analysis May Enhance Tax Compliance and Improve Immigration Eligibility Decisions.
GAO-04-972T, July 21, 2004 (65 pages).


Aviation Safety: Better Management Controls are Needed to Improve FAA's Safety Enforcement and Compliance Efforts.
GAO-04-646, July 6, 2004 (51 pages).

FAA Budget Policies and Practices. GAO-04-841R, July 2, 2004 (65 pages).

Federal Aircraft: Inaccurate Cost Data and Weaknesses in Fleet Management Planning Hamper Cost Effective Operations. GAO-04-645, June 18, 2004 (109 pages).

Pipeline Safety: Management of the Office of Pipeline Safety's Enforcement Program Needs Further Strengthening. GAO-04-801, July 23, 2004 (70 pages).

Pipeline Safety: Preliminary Information on the Office of Pipeline Safety's Actions to Strengthen Its Enforcement Program.
GAO-04-985T, July 20, 2004 (18 pages).

Surface Transportation: Many Factors Affect Investment Decisions. GAO-04-744, June 30, 2004 (54 pages).

Transportation Security Administration: High-Level Attention Needed to Strengthen Acquisition Function. GAO-04-544, May 28, 2004 (35 pages).

Veterans Affairs

Computer-Based Patient Records: VA and DOD Efforts to Exchange Health Data Could Benefit from Improved Planning and Project Management. GAO-04-687, June 7, 2004 (15 pages).

Contract Management: Further Efforts Needed to Sustain VA's Progress in Purchasing Medical Products and Services. GAO-04-718, June 22, 2004 (19 pages).

VA Health Care: Guidance Needed for Determining the Cost to Collect from Veterans and Private Health Insurers. GAO-04-938, July 21, 2004 (16 pages).

VA Health Care: More Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Blind Veterans Could Better Meet Their Needs. GAO-04-996T, July 22, 2004 (16 pages).

VA Health Care: VA Needs to Improve Accuracy of Reported Wait Times for Blind Rehabilitation Services. GAO-04-949, July 22, 2004 (9 pages).

VA Medical Centers: Further Operational Improvements Could Enhance Third-Party Collections. GAO-04-739, July 19, 2004 (23 pages).

VA Medical Centers: Internal Control Weaknesses Impair Third-Party Collections. GAO-04-967T, July 21, 2004 (11 pages).

VA Medical Centers: Internal Control over Selected Operating Functions Needs Improvement. GAO-04-755, July 21, 2004 (29 pages).

VA and DOD Health Care: Resource Sharing At Selected Sites. GAO-04-792, July 21, 2004 (28 pages).

Legal Products: Decisions and Opinions

Camber Corporation. B-293930, B-293930.2, July 7, 2004 (7 pages).

Dix Corporation. B-293964, July 13, 2004 (4 pages).

J.C.N. Construction Company, Inc.. B-293063, January 9, 2004 (5 pages).

Kathryn Huddleston & Associates, Ltd.. B-294035, July 30, 2004 (3 pages).

National Shower Express, Inc.; Rickaby Fire Support. B-293970, B-293970.2, July 15, 2004 (9 pages).

On-Site Environmental, Inc.; WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc.. B-294057, B-294057.2, July 29, 2004 (4 pages).

SuccessTech Management & Services. B-294174, July 6, 2004 (3 pages).

Tenderfoot Sock Company, Inc.. B-293088.2, July 30, 2004 (4 pages).

Teximara, Inc.. B-293221.2, July 9, 2004 (13 pages).

The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994--Fair opportunity procedures under multiple award task order contracts.
B-302499, July 21, 2004 (8 pages).

Tiger Enterprises, Inc.. B-293951, July 26, 2004 (4 pages).

Triton Electronic Enterprises, Inc.. B-294221, B-294248, B-294249, July 9, 2004 (2 pages).

Vertol Systems Company, Inc.. B-293644.10, B-293644.6, B-293644.7, B-293644.8, B-293644.9, July 29, 2004 (8 pages).

Legal Products: Federal Agency Major Rules

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines
for Buildings and Facilities; Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines. GAO-04-1021R, July 29, 2004 (4 pages).

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Medicare Ambulance MMA Temporary Rate Increases Beginning July 1, 2004. GAO-04-955R, July 14, 2004 (4 pages).

Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration: Maritime Security Program. GAO-04-1007R, July 29, 2004 (4 pages).

Environmental Protection Agency: Control of Emissions of Air Pollution from Nonroad Diesel Engines and Fuel. GAO-04-860R, July 12, 2004 (4 pages).

Environmental Protection Agency: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System--Final Regulations to Establish Requirements for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Phase II Existing Facilities. GAO-04-589R, July 22, 2004 (4 pages).

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