Category Archives: Podcast

Projecting the Future of Federal Finances: Long-Term Fiscal Simulations

Since 1992, we have prepared long-term fiscal simulations to show federal deficits and debt under different sets of policy assumptions. Our latest update shows that the federal government continues to face a long-term fiscal sustainability challenge.

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Podcast on IRS Controls over Financial and Taxpayer Data

The Internal Revenue Service relies extensively on computer systems and information security controls to protect taxpayers’ sensitive personal and financial data. Hear our podcast with Greg Wilshusen, a director in GAO’s Information Technology team, who led a recent review of … Continue reading

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Podcast on Oversight of DHS Acquisitions

In fiscal year 2014, the Department of Homeland Security planned to spend about $10 billion to acquire tools to protect against terrorism, disease, natural hazards, and border violations. Hear our podcast with Michele Mackin, a director in GAO’s Acquisition and … Continue reading

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Podcast on TSA’s Prohibited Items List

The Transportation Security Administration keeps a list of items that airline passengers aren’t allowed to carry onto planes. Two years ago, TSA raised concerns among stakeholders when it suggested removing small knives from its Prohibited Items List. Listen to our … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use

Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat the behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against giving these drugs for this condition, citing an increased risk of death. Listen to our … Continue reading

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Podcast on FAA Air Traffic Control Systems and Information Security

The Federal Aviation Administration relies on a vast array of increasingly interconnected systems and networks for air traffic control. Protecting these systems from internal and external threats is essential to ensuring safe, orderly, and efficient travel through our international air … Continue reading

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Podcast on Safety of Imported Food

The Food and Drug Administration’s Foreign Offices prevent unsafe products from entering the U.S. food supply. As more food is imported, this office faces increased workloads and other challenges. Hear our podcast with Alfredo Gomez, a director in GAO’s Natural … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness

The U.S. health care system has a range of federal programs for the millions of Americans with mental illness. Hear our podcast with Linda Kohn, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review on federal efforts … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, WatchBlog!

One year ago today, we published our first WatchBlog post. Since then, we’ve published over 100 more, and the blog has been viewed more than 50,000 times. Celebrate this milestone with us by looking back on some of the areas … Continue reading

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Welcome, 114th Congress!

The 114th Congress convened on January 6, 2015. As they begin their work, we wanted to highlight some of the ways we serve Congress, particularly at the start of each new Congress. Hopefully these links can also help anyone—elected or … Continue reading

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