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Fiscal Exposures: 5 Sources of Risk that Drive Future Spending

In tandem with today’s release of our audit of the federal government’s fiscal year 2014 consolidated financial statements, we want to highlight our work on fiscal exposures. This is a term that describes services or expenditures that Americans may expect, … Continue reading

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Diversity and Inclusion at GAO

Here at GAO, we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment, which we consider to be an asset to the agency and the federal government as a whole. In December 2014, GAO was named not … Continue reading

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Closer Look at a New High Risk Area—Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care

Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care. In the spring and summer of 2014, delays … Continue reading

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AskGAOLive: Tax Filing and Tax Fraud

With the tax filing season in full swing, IRS is processing  tax returns and providing a range of related services for tens of millions of taxpayers. At the same time, fraudsters are busy filing fraudulent returns using legitimate taxpayers’ identifying information … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at a New High Risk Area—Management of Federal Information Technology Acquisitions and Operations

Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Management of IT Acquisitions and Operations. Big Money, Mixed Results The federal government spends billions … Continue reading

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GAO’s High Risk List

As an agency, we focus on improving the operations of a large, complex federal government that is responsible for trillions of dollars in spending and revenue collection. In 1990, we started a program to report on government operations that we … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey on Food Safety

The U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year roughly: 48 million Americans (1 in 6) get sick from foodborne diseases, 128,000 are hospitalized, … Continue reading

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The First Watchdog in Chief, John R. McCarl

GAO is headed by the U.S. Comptroller General (CG), and while most school children learn the names of past presidents, here at GAO, we recall the tenures of past CGs. Today’s WatchBlog looks back to our first Comptroller General, John … Continue reading

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The Effects of Technology on Food Stamp Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the federal Food Stamp Program, helps low-income individuals and households obtain more nutritious food. In fiscal year 2013, SNAP provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits. The program has long … Continue reading

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Understanding the Housing Finance System

The housing finance market is more than just homebuyers, sellers, and real estate agents—it’s a complicated landscape of borrowers, lenders, securitizers, servicers, and investors. The complexity of housing finance played a major role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, and poses … Continue reading

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