Podcast on Insider Threats to DOD Installations

GAO Podcast IconThe tragic attacks at Fort Hood in 2009 and the Washington Navy Yard in 2013 drew national attention to insider threats: when people use their authorized access to sites like military bases to do harm. Continue reading

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Exploring 19 States’ Medicaid Managed Care Data

Thumbnail Health CareAs Medicaid spending and enrollment have grown in recent years, states have increasingly turned to managed care as a way to try to save money and improve delivery of medical services. Yet little is known about the number or types of services Medicaid beneficiaries get through managed care. Continue reading

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Podcast on Unaccompanied Alien Children

GAO Podcast IconOver the last 5 years, the Department of Homeland Security apprehended more than 200,000 unaccompanied alien children, many of whom traveled thousands of miles under dangerous conditions to reach the United States. Continue reading

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Your Employer Might Help Improve Your Financial Fitness

photo 1Maybe there’s money under the mattress, because there doesn’t seem to be much in the bank. About half of households age 55 and older have no retirement savings, and many of them don’t have pensions, either.

Financial education can empower people to improve Continue reading

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Podcast on Security of Diplomatic Residences

GAO Podcast IconSince the 1998 terrorist bombings in East Africa, U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad have faced increasing threats to their safety and security. The State Department is trying to address such concerns not only at embassies and consulates, but also at diplomatic residences, schools, and other such places. Continue reading

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Podcast on Debt Limit Approaches

GAO Podcast IconThe debt limit is a cap on the amount of money that the Department of the Treasury can borrow to meet the nation’s financial obligations. Delays in raising this statutory limit can have broad implications for the entire financial system. Continue reading

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Calling on Agencies to Take a Closer Look at Their Phone Bills

telephoneThink of your phone bill. Even if you don’t scrutinize it every month, you probably check to make sure the charges seem reasonable or to see if you can get a better deal, especially when your contract is up.

Now imagine the government’s phone bills. Continue reading

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GAO’s Summer Associate Legal Honors Program

GAO_Logo-squareEvery summer, GAO’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) holds a Summer Associate Legal Honors Program for second-year law students. The program is a primary hiring tool for building OGC’s workforce of highly capable attorneys. Summer Associates who perform well may receive offers of permanent employment.
OGC gives its Summer Associates significant responsibility by assigning them projects that are equivalent in complexity to those given to entry-level attorneys. Continue reading

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Podcast on 3D Printing

GAO Podcast Icon3D printing—or additive manufacturing—has the potential to fundamentally change how goods are produced and distributed across a range of sectors, including medicine, aerospace, and defense. Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Being Behind Bars

thumbnail_justiceIt doesn’t matter if orange is the new black right now—prisons will remain great fodder for television and film. Yet, what you see on the screen doesn’t always match reality. To help sort fact from fiction, today’s WatchBlog shares some of our findings on the federal inmate population. Continue reading

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