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September 23, 2011 Comments off

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

+ Reports

1. Drug Pricing:  Manufacturer Discounts in the 340B Program Offer Benefits, but Federal Oversight Needs Improvement.  GAO-11-836, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-836
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11836high.pdf

2. Indian Health Service:  Increased Oversight Needed to Ensure Accuracy of Data Used for Estimating Contract Health Service Need.  GAO-11-767, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-767
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11767high.pdf

3. Electronic Government:  Performance Measures for Projects Aimed at Promoting Innovation and Transparency Can Be Improved.  GAO-11-775, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-775
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11775high.pdf

+ Testimonies

1. DOD Financial Management:  Improved Controls, Processes, and Systems Are Needed for Accurate and Reliable Financial Information, by Asif A. Khan, director, financial management and assurance, before the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.   GAO-11-933T, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-933T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11933thigh.pdf

2. Social Security Disability:  Participation in the Ticket to Work Program Has Increased, but More Oversight Needed, by Daniel Bertoni, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittees on Social Security and Human Resources, House Ways and Means Committee.  GAO-11-828T, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-828T

3. American Samoa and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:  Employment, Earnings, and Status of Key Industries Since Minimum Wage Increases Began, by David Gootnick, director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, House Natural Resources Committee.  GAO-11-956T, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-956T

4. Polar Satellites: Agencies Need to Address Potential Gaps in Weather and Climate Data Coverage, by David A. Powner, director, information technology management issues, before the Subcommittees on Investigations and Oversight and Energy and Environment, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.   GAO-11-945T, September 23.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-945T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11945thigh.pdf

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Country Specific Information: Samoa

June 26, 2011 Comments off

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

June 17, 2011

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Samoa consists of the two large islands of Upolu and Savai’i and seven small islets located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific. The main island of Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa’s population and its capital city of Apia. The country has a stable parliamentary democracy with a developing economy. The Samoa Tourism Authority provides a wide range of information for your travels. Please read the Department of State’s  Background Notes on Samoa for additional information.

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