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  • Taking a Big Bite in GAO’s New Podcasts

    The concept behind GAO’s original Watchdog Report podcast was to take a long report and distill it to a 5-minute conversation about the bottom line. We think it’s been pretty well received—we have over 400,000 downloads of our episodes and … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Food Animals (podcast)

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a growing global health threat, sickening an estimated 2 million people each year in the United States alone. Evidence suggests that antibiotic use in food animals (cattle, poultry, and swine) causes some of this antibiotic resistance. Although … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • How Useful Are Identity Theft Services?

    Many people purchase identity theft services—or receive them free when their information is compromised in an organization’s data breach. These services typically include four components: credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity restoration, and identity theft insurance. For April’s Financial Literacy Month, … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Helping Youth with Autism

    About half a million youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder will leave high school over the next decade—and will face unique challenges as they transition to adulthood. We looked at the services and supports that these youth (ages 14-24) need to … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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US Government Accountability Office

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US Government Accountability Office

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  • Prepping for the 2020 Census

    The Census Bureau gets just one chance each decade to count the country’s population—and this week marks 3 years until the next one. The Bureau has planned a number of innovations for the 2020 census that are intended to cut … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Who’s Watching What You Eat?

    Although the U.S. food supply is generally considered safe, foodborne illness remains a costly, common public health problem. The safety and quality of the food supply is governed by a highly-complex system—involving 16 federal agencies administering over 30 federal laws. … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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US Government Accountability Office

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  • Women’s History Month: The Story of Women at GAO

    For Women’s History Month, we’ve blogged about our work on women’s issues. Today, we’re sharing a glimpse of the story (past and present) of women at GAO. In 1921, GAO had 1,708 employees. Like the federal government in general, GAO’s … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • What’s in Your Water?

    In honor of today’s World Water Day, we are taking a look at our work on combined sewer overflows in cities with declining populations—and the serious wastewater problem they pose. Combined sewer systems collect stormwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

    Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Planning of Metrorail’s SafeTrack Projects (podcast)

    In response to serious safety concerns regarding Washington, DC’s Metrorail system, in May 2016 the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority started SafeTrack—a large-scale rehabilitation project. Along with addressing immediate safety concerns, SafeTrack was intended to tackle a backlog of track … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • What’s in the Air Force A-10’s Future?

    One of the most contentious issues in the defense budget debates over the last three years has been the fate of the Air Force’s A-10 attack jet—a.k.a “the warthog.” Will (or should) the A-10 survive to fight another day? Today’s … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Domestic Abuse and Firearms

    Today’s WatchBlog looks at another GAO report—in this case, regarding FBI’s firearm background check system and domestic violence records. We examined this issue at the request of Congress, and today we share some of what we found about the National … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to look at some of our recent work on a range of issues affecting women. Read on for what we’ve found about women in combat, corporate boards, clinical trials, and … Continue reading →

  • GAO Translations: Reaching New Audiences

    The federal government operates programs and provides assistance all over the world—and evaluating them can require foreign language skills. We will also, on occasion, issue summaries or full versions of our work in translation. For this week’s National Foreign Language … Continue reading →

  • Fighting to Protect Wildlife

    Today is World Wildlife Day. To commemorate, the WatchBlog takes a look at the illegal trafficking of animals—like elephants and rhinos—that are on the brink of extinction. What’s it worth? The trade in illegal wildlife brings in anywhere from $7 … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Data Challenges Contribute to Billions in Medicaid Improper Payments (podcast)

    Federal Medicaid administrators rely on state-reported data to help with oversight activities, such as determining whether the program is paying eligible providers for covered services. Given that Medicaid made an estimated $36 billion in payment errors in 2016, many question … Continue reading →

  • If Disaster Strikes, How Is DOD Prepared to Help?

    When disasters strike, the Department of Defense, including the National Guard, must be prepared to respond quickly to support civil authorities—such as state and local agencies, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. DOD can provide … Continue reading →

  • NASA Commercial Crew Program (podcast)

    NASA contracted with Boeing and SpaceX to produce vehicles to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. But first, NASA has to certify that the vehicles meet its technical requirements and are safe for human spaceflight. Are the companies on … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • Do the Oscars Make You Think of Federal Policy? Yeah, Us Too.

    We think about our reports all the time—even when we watch movies. As a tribute to our single-mindedness, today’s WatchBlog is all about how our work relates to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. So, get some popcorn, put your feet up, … Continue reading →

  • Security of Federal Facilities Leased from Foreign Owners (Podcast)

    The federal government leases space for many high-security federal agencies—such as the FBI and the DEA—which may conduct classified operations and handle sensitive data. If the spaces are in buildings owned by foreign entities, how does the government address potential … Continue reading →

  • Fragmented Data on Sexual Violence

    Sexual violence has been in the headlines during the past year, including crimes involving college students, incarcerated people, and the military. Data collected by the federal government on sexual violence can help prioritize resources and design programs to prevent and … Continue reading →

  • 2017 High Risk List – U.S. Government’s Environmental Liability (video)

    This year, we added the federal government’s environmental liability to our High Risk List—our biennial report highlighting areas particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or needing a fundamental transformation. When federal government activities contaminate the environment, the government’s on … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • 2017 High Risk List – Management of Programs that Serve Indian Tribes and Their Members (video)

    This year, we added management of programs that serve Indian tribes and their members to our High Risk List—our biennial report highlighting areas particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or needing a fundamental transformation. The United States has a … Continue reading →

  • 2017 High Risk List – 2020 Decennial Census (video)

    This year, we added the 2020 Decennial Census to our High Risk List—our biennial report highlighting areas particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or needing a fundamental transformation. In 2020 the government will once again conduct a census of … Continue reading →

  • GAO’s 2017 High Risk List Update

    Today we released our updated High Risk List, which includes three new areas: The 2020 Decennial Census, Management of Federal Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members, and U.S. Government’s Environmental Liabilities. We also removed an area related to sharing … Continue reading →

  • Mining for Gold and Other Minerals on Federal Lands

    It’s Valentine’s Day and while some people may shop for flowers and chocolate, others may be seeking a longer-lasting gift like gold jewelry. But it’s not just Valentine’s Day that can lead to a gold rush. Mine operators can submit … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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  • A Tax Reform State of Mind

    The tax code is complex and can create burdens for people and companies. And change does not come often. The last time the tax code was overhauled was in 1986. So what (if anything) should be done to reform it? … Continue reading →

  • Overseas Contingency Operations (podcast)

    Since 2001, Congress has provided more than $1.6 trillion to fund the Department of Defense’s overseas contingency operations—including military operations, peacekeeping support, and major humanitarian assistance. Although these funds were initially meant to cover DOD’s incremental war-related costs in Iraq … Continue reading →

  • Meet the Beetles

    Long before John, Paul, George, and Ringo hit our shores on this day, February 7, in 1964, the American Burying Beetle was already present in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. However, in 1989, these beetles were listed … Continue reading →

  • Veterans Health Administration Management Challenges (podcast)

    The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care to the nation’s veterans, including everything from treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to providing surgical care, to caring for an aging veteran population. But VHA’s human capital challenges—including skills gaps and inadequate training … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

    Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading →

  • Housing for Homeless Veterans through VA’s Enhanced-Use Lease Program (interactive graphics)

    Approximately 39,000 U.S. veterans were homeless as of January 2016 due to factors such as mental health issues and substance abuse. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ enhanced-use lease program turns unused federal buildings into affordable housing for homeless veterans. This … Continue reading →

  • Stopping Thieves from Stealing Tax Refunds

    Want your refund right away? Well, fraudsters do too! For Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, today’s WatchBlog focuses on why identity theft refund fraud is a problem and what the IRS is doing to stop this fraud and help its … Continue reading →

  • FDA Oversight of Foreign Drug Safety (podcast)

    Much of the U.S. drug supply is manufactured overseas, and the Food and Drug Administration inspects drug manufacturing facilities around the world to ensure that their drugs are safe for the U.S. market. How effective are these inspections? Listen to … Continue reading →

  • Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

    An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading →

  • What You Should Know About the Earned Income Tax Credit

    Do you know whether you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit? For the EITC to work as Congress intended, it’s important that eligible taxpayers are aware of the credit and know how to properly claim it. One of the … Continue reading →

  • Smartphone Apps and Stalking

    These days, wherever people go, their smartphones follow—often collecting location data along the way. You may choose to download an app to your phone to share this information. For example, an app can show your friend how far away you … Continue reading →

  • Actions for New Leaders – Our Priorities for Policy Makers App

    Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States just a few days ago and the 115th Congress took office earlier this month. The new administration and Congress are taking shape, and will soon begin … Continue reading →

  • A Check-Up on the Government’s Fiscal Health

    After 6 years of declining deficits, the federal deficit increased to $587 billion in 2016 and U.S. debt held by the public stood at about $14.2 trillion at the end of 2016. These figures are only expected to grow. The … Continue reading →

  • Tracking Foreign Aid

    You can find out how much money the United States spends on foreign assistance, and where that money is going, on ForeignAssistance.gov—an official U.S. website that publishes this data. For example, ForeignAssistance.gov indicated that foreign assistance funding will be almost … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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Generated 6 months ago

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  • Wildlife Trafficking (video)

    The illegal slaughter and trade in wildlife—such as elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers—is worth an estimated $7 billion to $23 billion a year, and is pushing some animals to the brink of extinction. A team led by Kim Gianopoulos, a director … Continue reading →

  • Nuclear Weapons and the U.S. Strategic Triad

    When the United States first developed nuclear weapons, no one anticipated that the country would need three ways to deliver them. But, since the 1960s, U.S. nuclear weapons have been deployed by air, land, and sea. These three modes of … Continue reading →

  • Detecting Fraud in the Immigrant Investor Visa Program (podcast)

    Foreign nationals who make substantial investments in projects that create or sustain U.S. jobs can get a conditional green card and a path to citizenship under the Immigrant Investor Program. Yet the program’s reliance on voluminous paper applications leaves it … Continue reading →

  • Long Term Care Workforce (podcast)

    As the U.S. population ages, a growing number of older Americans are expected to need help with routine activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Will the caregiver workforce be ready for them? A team led by Kathleen King, a … Continue reading →

  • Connected People, Devices & Data | The Results of Our Data and Analytics Innovation Forum

    New technology is all around—fitness trackers count your steps, navigation apps steer you right, and the internet is everywhere. These and other tech trends have resulted in massive volumes of data being generated, stored, and analyzed at unprecedented rates. What … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • Uncle Sam Wants YOU! DOD Advertising in the Online Age

    Be all you can be. The few, the proud. Aim high. Accelerate your life. Each of these slogans has been a part of advertising campaigns for different branches of the armed services (the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy, … Continue reading →

  • Prestige TV and GAO—A Match Made in Hollywood Heaven?

    The current golden age of prestige television has more in common with GAO’s work than you’d think—it turns out that Emmy-nominated TV shows, both comedies and dramas, worry about the same issues we do. Today’s WatchBlog explores how our work … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • Our New Center for Enhanced Analytics

    [The title of this post was changed to correct an error in the name.] Analytics and “big data” seem to be the next frontier in a number of arenas. Data researchers can use the large, real-time data sets that are … Continue reading →

  • Where No Auditor Has Gone Before

    It’s Star Trek’s 50th anniversary—it first took viewers “where no man has gone before” in 1966. Since then, the Enterprise and its sister ships have spent much of their time at warp speeds, saving planets and fending off hostile life … Continue reading →

US Government Accountability Office

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US Government Accountability Office

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