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The Littoral Combat Ship is one of the Navy’s most high-profile programs. But is it heading for rough seas? The Defense Secretary recently called on the Navy to cut procurement of these ships from 52 to 40, narrow down the design options, and spend the savings on either more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters or on upgrading existing ships.
What’s wrong with the Littoral Combat Ship program? In today’s WatchBlog, we share why we urged Congress to delay funding for them.
$34 billion program Continue reading
Listen to Lori Rectanus, a director in our Physical Infrastructure team, discuss her team’s recent review of coin composition, and how changing what metals are used to make coins could affect the government and businesses.
But until recently, the federal government couldn’t determine the volume of e-cigarette imports because they were lumped together for tracking purposes with things like glow sticks and hand-held calorie counters. Starting January 1, 2016, there are new tracking codes for imported e-cigarettes. What does this mean? Today’s WatchBlog explores. Continue reading
Last year, we blogged about why agencies implement GAO’s recommendations. Looking at our annual Performance and Accountability Report, you can see that we’ve averaged 1,800 recommendations a year with an average 80% implementation rate between fiscal years 2010-2015.
This adds up to real savings. In fiscal year 2015 alone, our work resulted in $74.7 billion in savings—a return of about $134 for every $1 invested in us.
We looked into women’s representation on corporate boards by analyzing data and talking to CEOs, board directors, and others.
A year is long time in WatchBlog years. As we near the end of 2015, we’re taking a look back at the myriad of topics we’ve covered. From aviation to zoonotics, and almost every letter in between, we’ve had quite a year! Think you’ve been keeping up? For Crossword Puzzle Day, try out our year-end crossword. The puzzle is available as an interactive webpage here, or in PDF version here. Stumped? Just click on the clues to bring you to the post with the answer. Continue reading
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, a director in our Physical Infrastructure team, share what his team found when they examined what airports and airlines are doing to prepare for outbreaks of communicable diseases.
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.