Sunday, June 21, 2009

GAO Releases This Week

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is often called the investigative arm of Congress. This week they investigated a variety of issues, such as fisheries management, firearms trafficking, influenza pandemic, and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). If you would like to know more about the GAO, check out the library's guide.

Related/Special Product
  • Troubled Asset Relief Program: Capital Purchase Program Transactions for October 28, 2008, through May 29, 2009, and Information on Financial Agency Agreements, Contracts, Blanket Purchase Agreements, and Interagency Agreements Awarded as of June 1, 2009 (an e-supplement to GAO-09-658). GAO-09-707SP, June 17
  • Broadcasting to Cuba: Observations Regarding TV Marti's Strategy and Operations, by Jess T. Ford, director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, House Committee on Foreign Affairs. GAO-09-758T, June 17.
  • Defense Acquisitions: Issues to Be Considered for Army's Modernization of Combat Systems, by Paul L. Francis, managing director, acquisition and sourcing management, before the Subcommittee on Airland, Senate Committee on Armed Services. GAO-09-793T, June 16.
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  • Federal Bankruptcy Judges: Measuring Judges' Case-Related Workload, by William Jenkins, Jr., director, homeland security and justice, before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Committee on the Judiciary. GAO-09-808T, June 16.
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  • Firearms Trafficking: U.S. Efforts to Combat Arms Trafficking to Mexico Face Planning and Coordination Challenges, by Jess T. Ford, director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, House Committee on Foreign Affairs. GAO-09-781T, June 19.
  • Identity Theft: Governments Have Acted to Protect Personally Identifiable Information, but Vulnerabilities Remain, by Dan Bertoni, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-09-759T, June 17.
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  • Influenza Pandemic: Greater Agency Accountability Needed to Protect Federal Workers in the Event of a Pandemic, by Bernice Steinhardt, director, strategic issues, before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-09-783T, June 16.
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  • International Trade: Observations on U.S. Government Efforts to Address Textile Transshipment, by Loren Yager, director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship, and Trade, House Committee on Small Business. GAO-09-813T, June 18.
  • Medical Devices: Shortcomings in FDA's Premarket Review, Postmarket Surveillance, and Inspections of Device Manufacturing Establishments, by Marcia Crosse, director, health care, before the Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce. GAO-09-370T, June 18.
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  • New Markets Tax Credit: Minority Entities Are Less Successful in Obtaining Awards than Non-Minority Entities, by Michael Brostek, director, strategic issues, before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, House Committee on Financial Services; and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, House Committee on Ways and Means. GAO-09-795T, June 18.
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  • Polar-Orbiting Satellites: With Costs Increasing and Data Continuity at Risk, Improvements Needed in Tri-agency Decision Making, by David A. Powner, director, information technology management issues, before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology. GAO-09-772T, June 17.
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  • Telecommunications: Preliminary Observations about Consumer Satisfaction and Problems with Wireless Phone Service and FCC's Efforts to Assist Consumers with Complaints, by Mark Goldstein, director, physical infrastructure issues, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. GAO-09-800T, June 17.
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