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Understanding the Housing Finance System

The housing finance market is more than just homebuyers, sellers, and real estate agents—it’s a complicated landscape of borrowers, lenders, securitizers, servicers, and investors. The complexity of housing finance played a major role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, and poses … Continue reading

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GAO’s Physical Infrastructure Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll spotlight the Physical Infrastructure (PI) team, which helps Congress and federal agencies better manage the physical infrastructure network that connects … Continue reading

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Weather Forecasting—Outlook Unclear

Weather forecasts can warn people before major storms strike—allowing time to protect homes, businesses, and lives. We have previously discussed the importance of the satellites the United States uses for its forecasts, and wanted to update our readers on recent … Continue reading

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GAO’s Education, Workforce, and Income Security Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with many of its employees working in one of 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Education, Workforce, and Income Security (EWIS) team, which focuses on programs and … Continue reading

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Funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Since 1997, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided health care coverage for more than 8 million children in low-income families that don’t have health insurance, but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. This year, Congress … Continue reading

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Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti 5 Years after the Earthquake

Five years ago today, on January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti. The earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people, displaced about 2 million more, and destroyed many homes, roads, and other buildings. In addition to immediate relief efforts, the … Continue reading

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Welcome, 114th Congress!

The 114th Congress convened on January 6, 2015. As they begin their work, we wanted to highlight some of the ways we serve Congress, particularly at the start of each new Congress. Hopefully these links can also help anyone—elected or … Continue reading

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Our 10 Most Popular Podcasts of 2014

Want to know what nanomanufacturing is? The connection between fracking and new oil pipelines? How much those F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will ultimately cost? Listen to our 10 most downloaded podcasts of 2014 to help understand some of the major … Continue reading

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Podcast on GAO’s State and Local Fiscal Outlook Model Update

State and local governments nationwide face long-term fiscal sustainability challenges. Since 2007, GAO has published simulations of fiscal trends in the state and local government sectors. Explore the state and local fiscal outlook model, and hear our podcast with Michelle Sager, … Continue reading

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A Holiday Spirit of Giving at GAO

The holiday season is a time for giving, and we could not be more proud of all the giving our employees do—not just at the holidays but also throughout the year. So we wanted to take a moment this holiday … Continue reading

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