Blog Archives

Cyber Risks and Critical Infrastructure (podcast)

Critical infrastructures—the facilities and systems that support banking, commerce, energy, and agriculture—are vital to our national economy, security, and public health. They’re also vulnerable to cyberattacks, a growing concern in an increasingly connected world. Listen to Greg Wilshusen, a director … Continue reading

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How Secure Is Social Security?

We often write about Social Security, and for good reason: it faces financial challenges and needs attention soon. The recently passed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 made a number of changes to temporarily stave off insolvency for Social Security’s disability … Continue reading

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Savings in Security? TSA vs. Private Airport Screeners (podcast)

Some 1.8 million passengers and their property get screened by the Transportation Security Administration at U.S. airports every day. In 2004, TSA began letting airports apply to use private contractors, instead of TSA employees, for screening. Jenny Grover, a director … Continue reading

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Fraud Awareness Week

As the congressional watchdog, we have dedicated resources to identify, prevent, and respond to allegations of federal government fraud, waste, and abuse because these can result in misuse of taxpayer funds. That’s your money! For International Fraud Awareness Week, here’s … Continue reading

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Showing You (Even More!) Money: GAO’s 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

Each year we report the results of our work to you, the taxpayer. And this year we have more great news: we produced a record-high $74.7 billion in financial benefits. In other words, for every $1 Congress invested in us, … Continue reading

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Women’s Health and Clinical Trials

Biological differences between women and men sometimes lead drugs, diseases, and treatments to affect them differently. Women make up over half the U.S. population; so why don’t we know more about how they respond to medical treatments? Today’s WatchBlog explores … Continue reading

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The Buy Indian Act: A Work in Progress

American Indians and Alaska Natives have a unique legal and political relationship with the federal government that gives the government responsibility for protecting and improving tribal interests. For Native American Heritage Month, we’re taking a look at one law meant … Continue reading

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Debt Limit 101

Congress has voted to suspend the debt limit through March 15, 2017. But how could future lawmakers address this issue in order to save the federal government money and avoid future disruptions? Today’s WatchBlog examines the debt limit. What is … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care (podcast)

The number of veterans receiving mental health care services from the Veterans Health Administration grew 63% between 2005 and 2013—about three times the rate for all health services. How has the increased demand affected veterans’ access to care? Listen to … Continue reading

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Protecting against Insider Threats at DOD

Thirteen people were killed and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, 6 years ago today. In what’s known as an insider threat, the gunman, a Department of Defense employee, had authorized access to the … Continue reading

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