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New From the GAO

November 30, 2011 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

+ Reports

1.  Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program:  Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed.  GAO-12-152R, October 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-152R

2.  Private Health Insurance:  Early Indicators Show that Most Insurers Would Have Met or Exceeded New Medical Loss Ratio Standards.  GAO-12-90R, October 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-90R

3.  Earned Import Allowance Program for Haiti.  GAO-12-204R, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-204R

4.  Medicare Advantage: Enrollment Increased from 2010 to 2011 while Premiums Decreased and Benefit Packages Were Stable.  GAO-12-93, October 31.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-93
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1293high.pdf

5.  Mental Health and Substance Use:  Employers’ Insurance Coverage Maintained or Enhanced Since Parity Act, but Effect of Coverage on Enrollees Varied.  GAO-12-63, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-63
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d1263high.pdf

+ Testimonies

1.  Recovery Act:  Status of Science-Related Funding, by Frank Rusco, director, Natural Resources and Environment, before the Subcommittee on Investigations And Oversight, House Committee on Science, Space, And Technology .  GAO-12-279T, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-279T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d12279thigh.pdf

2.  Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed, by Gregory D. Kutz, director, forensic audits and investigative service, before the Subcommittees on Economic Opportunity and Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  GAO-12-205T, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-205T

3.  Veterans Administration Procurement:  Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained, by Ralph O. White, managing associate general counsel, before the Subcommittees on Oversight And Investigation and Economic Opportunity, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  GAO-12-278T, November 30
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-278T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d12278thigh.pdf

4.  Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2011-2024, by David Gootnick, director, International Affairs and Trade, before the Subcommittee on Asia And The Pacific, House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  GAO-12-249T, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-249T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d12249thigh.pdf

5.  Small Business Administration: Progress Continues in Addressing Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program, by William B. Shear, director, financial markets and community investment, before the House Committee on Small Business.  GAO-12-253T, November 30.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-253T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d12253thigh.pdf

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New From the GAO

June 16, 2011 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies (PDFs)
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1.  DOD Weapon Systems:  Missed Trade-off Opportunities During Requirements Reviews.  GAO-11-502, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-502
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11502high.pdf

2.  Small Business Contracting: Action Needed by Those Agencies Whose Advocates Do Not Report to Agency Heads as Required.  GAO-11-418, June 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-418
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11418high.pdf

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Small Business Contracting:  Survey of 25 Agency Advocates (E-supplement to GAO-11-418).  GAO-11-436SP, June 3.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-436SP

Testimonies

1.  Indian Issues:  Key Federal Agencies’ and the Smithsonian Institution’s Efforts to Identify and Repatriate Indian Human Remains and Objects, by Anu K. Mittal, director, natural resources and environment, before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  GAO-11-755T, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-755T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11755thigh.pdf

2.  Compact of Free Association:  Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau and Its Likely Impact, by David Gootnick, director, international affairs and trade, before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  GAO-11-559T, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-559T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11559thigh.pdf

3.  Small Business Programs:  Efforts to Address Internal Control Weaknesses and Potential Duplication, by William B. Shear, director, financial markets and community investment, before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  GAO-11-558T, June 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-558T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11558thigh.pdf

Country Specific Information: Palau

May 8, 2011 Comments off

Country Specific Information: Palau
Source: U.S. Department of State

May 03, 2011

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The Republic of Palau is a constitutional democracy with a population of approximately 21,000 people. Upon independence in 1994, Palau entered into a 50-year Compact of Free Association with the United States. Palau is an archipelago consisting of several hundred volcanic and limestone islands and coral atolls, few of which are inhabited. Palau is politically divided into 16 states. Palau’s developing economy depends on tourism, marine resources, and a relatively minor agricultural sector. Taxis are the main means of public transportation. Palau International Airport is located on Babeldaob Island, over the bridge from Koror Island. There is direct commercial air service to Palau from Manila, Taipei, and Guam. Please read the Department of State’s Background Notes on Palau for additional information.

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