GAO’s Strategic Issues Team

thumbnail_gaoGAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll spotlight the Strategic Issues (SI) team, which focuses on helping Congress and federal agencies address the governance and management challenges of the 21st century. Continue reading

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Combating Sexual Assault in the Military

thumbnail_defenseThousands of military servicemembers have reported experiencing sexual assaults. Beyond the serious and long-lasting implications for the victims, sexual assault in the military can also negatively affect unit readiness, cohesion, and morale. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the WatchBlog shares our findings on sexual assault in the military.

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Safe and Clean Water

thumbnail environmentSafe, clean water is essential for human and environmental health. However, our supply of clean water is at risk from pollution and droughts, like the current one in California. And, even when clean water is available at the source, aging infrastructure may affect water quality or supply.

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A Policymaker’s Duplication and Cost Savings Toolkit

Duplication iconOn Tuesday’s WatchBlog, we highlighted our new guide on assessing fragmentation, overlap, and duplication, as identified in our duplication and cost savings reports. We looked at what analysts should do, but congressional decision makers and executive branch leaders are also a major part of the equation.

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Effects of IRS Challenges on Taxpayers

taxes thumbnailFor most people, today is the last day to file your taxes. IRS has faced many challenges this filing season, including finding better ways to help taxpayers, combating identity theft refund fraud, and navigating new health insurance tax reporting requirements—while facing a continued decline in resources. What does this mean for taxpayers? We break down these issues for you in today’s WatchBlog.

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An Analyst’s Duplication and Cost Savings Toolkit

thumbnail_duplication_medallionFor 5 years, our annual reports have identified areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, as well as opportunities to achieve cost savings or enhance revenue. We also track how agencies and Congress address these proposed actions. This year, we are releasing a step-by-step guide that can help analysts, federal agencies, and policymakers identify and address fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative programs.

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

Fiscal Outlook graphicSince 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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Coordinating Programs Serving Those with Serious Mental Illness

Thumbnail Health CareEach year, the first full week of April marks National Public Health Week—a time to highlight issues that are important to improving health across the country. Within the week, each day has a theme, and today’s theme is “Building Broader Communities.” In the spirit of the day, we are sharing our work on coordinating care in the community and elsewhere for adults with serious mental illness.

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Keeping Alcohol Out of the Driver’s Seat—Ignition Interlocks

thumbnail_transportationIn 2012, more than 10,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. While these types of fatalities have dropped over the last decade, almost a third of all traffic fatalities in that time involved alcohol. As we’ve reported, installing “ignition interlocks” in the cars of those convicted of drunk driving is one tool in the quest for safer roads. For Alcohol Awareness Month, today’s WatchBlog explores these devices.

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3, 2, 1…Liftoff of Our 2015 Assessment of NASA’s Major Space Projects!

thumbnail_spaceEach year, we report on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) major projects. Last week, we issued our latest “Quick Look” report, with updates on projects that are expected to cost at least $250 million. This year, 16 projects met that threshold, and among the 12 with firm budgets, the total expected cost is at almost $19 billion. Read on for our latest findings.

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