GAO Commemorates World AIDS Day

World-AIDS-Day-logoOn December 1, GAO joins the global community in commemorating World AIDS Day—to remember lives lost, celebrate past achievements, and highlight the ongoing international effort to address the pandemic affecting millions of people.

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Safe Gift-Giving this Holiday Season

thumbnail businessWith the holidays just around the corner, you may be thinking about whether the toys and gifts on the shelves are safe for your families and friends. Considering the wide range of products available for sale, we wanted to share some of our findings on consumer product safety.

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What You Need to Know about FraudNet

fraudnetFraudulent spending, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds erodes public trust in government. Since 1979, GAO has provided an outlet for anyone—federal employees, contractors, or members of the general public—to report allegations of such activities. FraudNet offers ways for anonymous citizens to get sensitive information to the people who are trained

  1. to protect that information from unauthorized disclosure, and
  2. to use that information to fight fraud.

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Podcast on Health Care Price Transparency

GAO Podcast IconAs consumers pay for a growing proportion of their health care, they have an increased need for information on cost and quality before receiving care, to help them plan and make informed decisions. Transparency tools from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and from private websites can provide such information to consumers and others.

Hear our podcast with Linda Kohn, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review of the availability of cost and quality information and CMS’s tools for consumers.

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Showing You the Money: GAO’s 2014 Performance and Accountability Report

PARWhat is GAO’s audit work worth to you, the taxpayer? Today, we can tell you that in fiscal year 2014, our work led to $54.4 billion in financial benefits—a $100 return for every $1 Congress invested in us. We also found 1,288 ways to make government more efficient. All this information, and more, is available in our 2014 Performance and Accountability Report.

As you’ll see in the report, GAO doesn’t just hold other agencies accountable. Each year, we measure our performance to hold ourselves accountable. In this report, we share our progress and illustrate the benefits of our work for Congress and the nation.

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GAO’s Financial Management and Assurance Mission Team

thumbnail_financeGAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with many of its employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team, which helps improve and transform the government’s financial management and operations.

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Services for Veterans

Veterans thumbnailAs we express gratitude to the men and women who have served in our nation’s military this Veterans Day, we also reflect on how our nation helps prepare service members and veterans for a transition from military to civilian life. Having sound federal transition programs can help veterans return to family, workplaces, and communities, and mitigate the harmful effects of war-related injuries.

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Better Living through the Audit Process

IMG_0154GAO’s auditing process is rigorous, but the work literally pays off: in fiscal year 2013, we identified $51.5 billion in financial benefits as a result of our work—a return of about $100 for every $1 we spent.

How do we do this? We use a 5-phase audit process that helps ensure our accountability, integrity, and reliability.

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Responding to Infectious Diseases

Thumbnail Health CareAlthough this is the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States, it’s not the first infectious disease we’ve faced. From flu and SARS, to Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, we have had opportunities to learn from past outbreaks so we can prepare for the next. Here, we present lessons from a past outbreak, ways to prepare for infectious diseases, and a review of one option for potentially developing an Ebola vaccine: flexible manufacturing.

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Podcast on Timely Access to Outpatient Specialty Health Care for Veterans

GAO Podcast IconDelays in VA medical center care have reportedly harmed some veterans. In 2012, VA found that its consult data were not adequate to determine the extent to which veterans received timely outpatient specialty care.

Hear our podcast with Debra Draper, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review of VA’s management of the consult process and veterans’ access to specialty care.

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