Category Archives: Podcast

Podcast on Americans’ Retirement Security

As baby boomers move into retirement age, their retirement security is getting a lot of attention, due to longer life expectancies, private-sector pension changes, and uncertainty about Social Security’s long-term fiscal condition.

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Podcast on Medicaid Fraud Controls

Through Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of doctors and other health care professionals provide care to tens of millions of beneficiaries—at a cost of $310 billion to the federal government in fiscal year 2014. To help ensure only legitimate providers and … Continue reading

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Air France 447, Malaysia Airlines 370 and Developments in Aircraft Tracking and Flight Data Recovery

Six years ago, Air France Flight 447 (AF447) crashed into the Atlantic between Brazil and Senegal, and it took almost 2 years to retrieve the plane’s black box with the flight data. More recently, investigators found no trace of Malaysia … Continue reading

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Podcast on DOD Weapons Programs

Each year, we review the Department of Defense’s (DOD) portfolio of major weapons system acquisitions. Our 2015 review was published on March 12th, and this week, we released our podcast on this work.

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Podcast on North Korea Sanctions

North Korean tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threaten the United States and other United Nations member states. These types of actions have prompted the U.S. and the U.N. to impose sanctions on North Korea. Hear our podcast with … Continue reading

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Shortages of Drugs Containing Controlled Substances

As we have previously discussed, in the last decade, shortages of prescription drugs have increased nationwide. In recent years, the number of new shortages reported has declined, but the number of active shortages of drugs containing controlled substances—a subset of … Continue reading

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Our Quick Look at Homeland Security Acquisition Programs

We recently released our “quick look” at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acquisitions, assessing 22 major programs created to help secure the border, enhance cyber security, improve disaster response, and execute a wide variety of other operations. The good news? … Continue reading

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Podcast on Medicaid Payments to Health Care Providers

Under Medicaid, states pay health care providers and receive federal matching funds for their payments. We have previously found that some states’ excessive Medicaid payments to certain provider institutions shifted costs inappropriately from states to the federal government. Hear our … Continue reading

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Traveling Quickly but Safely This Summer

Curious how to pack for your next trip, or how to get into one of those TSA Pre ✔TM lines at the airport? For National Travel and Tourism Week, today’s WatchBlog highlights our recent reports on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security … Continue reading

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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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