US Government Accountability Office

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  • Our projections for the fiscal future of state and local governments were updated today and it shows, unless changes are made, those governments will face a gap between spending and revenue over the next 46 years. For over a decade, … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • Tax season is upon us, and many of us will soon be sitting down to figure out and pay our share. But this year, like every year, some taxpayers intentionally or inadvertently won’t fully pay what they owe. The difference … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker ships hammer their way through sheets of ice to access remote ice-covered oceans. That’s a key capability if you want to get to the ends of the Earth, and that is part of their mission. Bodies … Continue reading →

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  • Hurricanes, wildfire, floods, the Zika virus—natural and manmade disasters have significant consequences for people, communities, and the environment. So, what is the federal government doing to respond to these disasters and help with long-term recovery efforts? Check out our new … Continue reading →

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  • Over the last decade, the use of traditional cigarettes in the United States has declined, while the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has grown rapidly. We’ve previously reported that the federal government could not specifically track e-cigarette imports. However, U.S. … Continue reading →

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US Government Accountability Office
US Government Accountability Office
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  • The stealthy F-35 aircraft, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is slated to replace several different types of aircraft in the U.S. fleet. Three variations of the plane—one that can take off vertically, one suited to aircraft carriers, and … Continue reading →

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  • Once again, GAO has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. We held our rank as the 2nd best place to work among midsize federal agencies in 2017, and even improved our score from … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • Burglary, murder, identity theft—all crimes have costs for victims and society. The Department of Justice reported that federal, state, and local governments spent more than $280 billion in 2012 on criminal justice, including police protection, the court system, and prisons. … Continue reading →

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  • If you’re one of the millions flying this holiday season, you may be wondering whether you’ll have to pay fees for services that aren’t included in your ticket price. Want to bring Fido? There’s a fee for that. Want to … Continue reading →

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US Government Accountability Office
US Government Accountability Office
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  • The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 requires federal agencies to prepare and submit standardized, accurate information about the roughly $3.7 trillion they spend each year. The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury are … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • The Department of Defense faces tens of millions of attempted cyberattacks every year. In response, it established the U.S. Cyber Command in 2009 to more effectively address the growing risk of these threats. Although initially located within the U.S. Strategic … Continue reading →

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  • DOD operates 238 commissaries (supermarkets) worldwide to provide groceries and household goods at reduced prices to military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. Since commissaries are not expected to entirely support themselves, Congress has funded these operations to the tune of … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • Are you more surf than turf? Whether you call yourself a pescetarian or just enjoy the occasional shrimp cocktail, chances are the fish and shellfish you eat were imported. During National Seafood Month, listen to our podcast and read on … Continue reading →

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Lead in Drinking Water

  • It’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and today’s WatchBlog explores our recent report and video on lead in drinking water and federal efforts to help ensure drinking water is safe from lead. Our recent video explains how lead can enter drinking … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • How do you picture your retirement years? Spending time with your family? Maybe traveling a little? Everyone has dreams about what they want their post-work lives to be like, but for an increasing number of Americans, those dreams are receding … Continue reading →

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US Government Accountability Office
US Government Accountability Office
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  • The Internal Revenue Service helps keep the federal government funded by enforcing tax laws and working to ensure that everybody pays their share. Nevertheless, every year some taxpayers—intentionally or inadvertently—overstate deductions, understate income, and don’t pay what they owe. The … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • More than 90% of military equipment, supplies, and fuel travels by sea. When the military deploys anywhere, the demand for naval transportation grows. Additional shipping capacity must be ready to assist in any major event, ranging from a natural disaster … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • These days, if you order an item online, you can usually track it as it makes its way from the warehouse to your doorstep. It isn’t quite so simple for the Department of Defense—which has struggled for years to be … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
US Government Accountability Office
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  • As real WatchBlog fans know, over the years we’ve covered identity theft issues for a few reasons: Federal information systems often contain information that can be used to steal identities and commit fraud, so we’ve looked at cybersecurity and other … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • Cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, and numerous other consumer and industrial products are increasingly designed to gather data, connect to the Internet, and improve efficiency or assist with decision making. Earlier this year, our Internet of Things technology assessment … Continue reading →

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  • It’s almost that time of year when tens of thousands of medical students gear up to apply for residency programs. These residency programs, also known as graduate medical education (think early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy), are the pipelines for our … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office
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  • To defend the nation’s strategic interests across the globe, in 2016 the Navy announced a goal of expanding its fleet to 355 ships—a significant increase over its previous goal of 308 ships. In recent years, however, the Navy has struggled … Continue reading →

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  • As the country gears up to watch the 2017 Emmys this Sunday, we are astounded (again!) at the way art imitates life—the nominated TV shows are full of references to issues that GAO investigates. From the streets of Atlanta to … Continue reading →

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