Friday, June 18, 2010

GAO Reports


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is often called the investigative arm of Congress. This week GAO investigated the Department of Hoeland Security, the U.S. Postal Service, high-speed rail, and other issues. If you would like to know more about GAO, check out the library's guide.

Reports

High Speed Rail: Learning from Service Start-ups, Prospects for Increased Industry Investment, and Federal Oversight Plans. GAO-10-625, June 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-625
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10625high.pdf

International Trade: Exporters' Use of the Earned Import Allowance Program for Haiti Is Negligible because They Favor Other Trade Provisions. GAO-10-654, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-654
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10654high.pdf

U.S. Postal Service: Mail Processing Network Initiatives Progressing, and Guidance for Consolidating Area Mail Processing Operations Being Followed. GAO-10-731, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-731
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10731high.pdf

Federal Energy Management: GSA's Recovery Act Program Is on Track, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Transparency, Performance Criteria, and Risk Management. GAO-10-630, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-630
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10630high.pdf

U.S. Postal Service: Mail Processing Network Initiatives Progressing, and Guidance for Consolidating Area Mail Processing Operations Being Followed. GAO-10-731, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-731
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10731high.pdf

Home Infusion Therapy: Differences between Medicare and Private Insurers' Coverage. GAO-10-426, June 7.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-426
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10426high.pdf

Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Reconsider Its Proposed Investment in Key Technology Program. GAO-10-340, May 5.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-340
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10340high.pdf


Correspondences

Natural Catastrophe Insurance Coverage Remains a Challenge for State Programs. GAO-10-568R, May 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-568R

Federal Funds: Fiscal Years 2002-2009 Obligations, Disbursements, and Expenditures for Selected Organizations Involved in Health-Related Activities. GAO-10-533R, May 28.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-533R

The Strategic Framework for U.S. Efforts in Afghanistan. GAO-10-655R, June 15.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-655R

GAO Proactive Testing of ARRA Tax Credits for COBRA Premium Payments. GAO-10-804R, June 14.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-804R

State-Level Information on Negative Home Equity and Loan Performance in the Nonprime Mortgage Market. GAO-10-633R, May 14.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-633R

Preliminary Observations on Funding, Oversight, and Investigations and Prosecutions of ACORN or Potentially Related Organizations. GAO-10-648R, June 14.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-648R

Homeland Security: Preliminary Observations on the Federal Protective Service's Workforce Analysis and Planning Efforts. GAO-10-802R, June 14.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-802R

Defense Infrastructure: Observations on the Department of the Navy's Depot Capital Investment Program. GAO-10-726R, June 14.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-726R



Testimonies

Secure Border Initiative: DHS Needs to Follow Through on Plans to Reassess and Better Manage Key Technology Program, by Randolph C. Hite, director, information technology architecture and system issues, before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism and the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-10-840T, June 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-840T

Information Management: The Challenges of Managing Electronic Records, by Valerie C. Melvin, director, information management and human capital issues, before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-10-838T, June 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-838T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10838thigh.pdf

Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, by Susan A. Fleming, director, physical infrastructure, before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-10-795T, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-795T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10795thigh.pdf

Oil and Gas Management: Key Elements to Consider for Providing Assurance of Effective Independent Oversight, by Franklin Rusco, director, natural resources and environment, before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources. GAO-10-852T, June 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-852T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10852thigh.pdf

5. Credit and Debit Cards: Federal Agencies Benefit from Card Acceptance, but Have Limited Ability to Control Interchange Fee Costs, by Alicia Puente Cackley, director, financial markets and community investment, before the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Senate Committee on Appropriations. GAO-10-821T, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-821T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10821thigh.pdf

Medicare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse: Challenges and Strategies for Preventing Improper Payments, by Kathleen M. King, director, health care, before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight, House Committee on Ways and Means. GAO-10-844T, June 15.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-844T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10844thigh.pdf

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