Category Archives: Podcast

Tracking Federal Spending with the DATA Act (infographic and podcast)

The federal government spends more than $3.5 trillion dollars a year. But how that money is spent is not always easy to track. Enter the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Known as the “DATA Act,” this law is … Continue reading

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The National Cybersecurity Protection System (podcast)

With cyberattacks on the rise, protecting federal government computer systems, the infrastructure they control, and the private data stored within them is of the utmost importance. The National Cybersecurity Protection System is intended to help—but how well is it working? … Continue reading

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Deteriorating IRS Customer Service (podcast and infographic)

If you have a question about your taxes, you can call the IRS. But you may have to wait awhile to get the help you need. Listen to Jay McTigue, a director in our Strategic Issues team, discuss what his … Continue reading

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It Takes Money to Make Money (podcast)

The U.S. Mint made 13 billion coins in 2014—some of which cost more to make than they’re worth. How can the government save money making money? Listen to Lori Rectanus, a director in our Physical Infrastructure team, discuss her team’s … Continue reading

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Air Travel and Communicable Diseases (podcast)

Stopping communicable disease from spreading via air travel involves local, national, and international efforts, as illustrated by the 2015 Ebola epidemic. How do governments plan and coordinate with airports and airlines that potentially carry sick passengers? Listen to Gerald Dillingham, … Continue reading

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State and Local Fiscal Futures (podcast)

Across the country, state and local governments are facing uncertain fiscal futures. So, for almost a decade, we’ve run simulations of state and local governments’ finances to see what the future holds. Explore our most recent update to our state … Continue reading

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Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety (podcast)

If you biked or walked to work today, you’re not alone. Nearly a million more people reported walking or biking to work in 2013 than in 2005. But while total traffic fatalities have declined in recent years, this was not … Continue reading

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Blowing the Whistle on Underpaid Taxes (infographic)

Since 2011, whistleblowers have helped the IRS collect almost $2 billion in taxes that may have otherwise gone uncollected. This money helps reduce the estimated $450 billion tax gap—the difference between taxes owed and those paid on time. Moreover, qualifying … Continue reading

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Checking Up on the Quality of Nursing Homes (podcast)

Across the country, the nearly 16,000 nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are home to almost 1.5 million people. These nursing homes must meet certain quality standards. To monitor that, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reviews … Continue reading

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Cyber Risks and Critical Infrastructure (podcast)

Critical infrastructures—the facilities and systems that support banking, commerce, energy, and agriculture—are vital to our national economy, security, and public health. They’re also vulnerable to cyberattacks, a growing concern in an increasingly connected world. Listen to Greg Wilshusen, a director … Continue reading

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