Podcast on Americans’ Retirement Security

GAO Podcast IconAs 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. Continue reading

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Podcast on Medicaid Fraud Controls

GAO Podcast IconThrough 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 beneficiaries participate in the program, states screen Medicaid enrollment applications for factors such as income level for beneficiaries and medical licenses for providers. Continue reading

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

thumbnail international affairsSix 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 Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), which disappeared en route to Beijing. Continue reading

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Infographic on DOD Sequestration

Infographic_IconOn March 1st, 2013, the president ordered across-the-board spending reductions for all federal agencies and departments, known as sequestration.

As a result, the Department of Defense (DOD) needed to reduce certain spending by about $37.2 billion over the remainder of FY 2013. To absorb these cuts, the Department reduced spending Continue reading

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Housing Finance Weaknesses

housing thumbnailDid you buy a house before 2007 and, over the next few years, watch its value fall to less than what you owed on your mortgage? Did you lose a house to foreclosure? Weaknesses in the U.S. housing finance system played a major role in the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. Today, we describe some of the weaknesses that led to—or were revealed by—the 2007-2009 financial crisis, and their effects on today’s housing finance system. Continue reading

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Podcast on DOD Weapons Programs

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

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A Closer Look at Privacy as a High Risk Area – When Advancing Technology Meets Increasing Concerns

From online health care exchanges to mobile devicethumbnail_information_security location data, the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) is a major concern when it comes to information technology. Today, we take a closer look at the privacy of PII, and why we added it as a key component of one of our longstanding High Risk areas—federal cybersecurity. Continue reading

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Infographic on Guidance Documents from Federal Agencies

Infographic_IconFederal agencies issue many documents targeted to the general public. These guidance documents help explain things like how employers can comply with workplace safety laws or how Head Start grantees can meet requirements.

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Podcast on North Korea Sanctions

North Korean tests of nuclear weapons and ballisticGAO Podcast Icon 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 Tom Melito, a director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade team, who led a recent review of U.S. and U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

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Shortages of Drugs Containing Controlled Substances

As we have previously discussed, in the last decade, Thumbnail Health Careshortages 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 prescription drugs such as narcotics, stimulants, and sedatives—remains high. Today’s WatchBlog explores what’s behind the shortages of prescription drugs containing controlled substances. Continue reading

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