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Podcast on 3D Printing

3D printing—or additive manufacturing—has the potential to fundamentally change how goods are produced and distributed across a range of sectors, including medicine, aerospace, and defense. We recently held a forum with officials representing a range of viewpoints from the government, … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Being Behind Bars

It doesn’t matter if orange is the new black right now—prisons will remain great fodder for television and film. Yet, what you see on the screen doesn’t always match reality. To help sort fact from fiction, today’s WatchBlog shares some … Continue reading

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Join Our AskGAOLive Chat on Retirement Savings, Monday June 29th

Retirement is around the corner for the Baby Boom generation. However, changes in pension plans and uncertainty about the future of Social Security raise questions about whether this and other generations of Americans are saving enough to retire. On Monday, … Continue reading

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The Nuts and Bolts of DOD Inventory Management

The Department of Defense (DOD) manages more than 5 million inventory items—such as nuts, bolts, and tires—that are valued at about $98 billion. Given budget pressures across the federal government, it’s essential that DOD make effective and thoughtful decisions about … Continue reading

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Veterinarians: Front-line Responders to Animal Disease Outbreaks

The federal government plays an important role in planning the nation’s response to outbreaks of animal diseases that could significantly impact our food and agriculture sectors. If a contagious animal disease were to enter the United States, the nation would … Continue reading

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What Happens to FBI Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints?

Whistleblowers play a key role in saving taxpayer money and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government. But what happens when one faces retaliation for blowing the whistle? Today’s WatchBlog explores what we found happens to whistleblowers at … Continue reading

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Aviation Safety: Need to Know

While the U.S. aviation system is one of the safest in the world and major aircraft crashes have become less common, close calls in the air and on the ground still frequently occur. For National Safety Month, the WatchBlog gathered … Continue reading

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GAO’s Attorneys – A Special Breed of Watchdog

In today’s WatchBlog, some of our attorneys in our Office of General Counsel (OGC) share what they do on a day-to-day basis and what makes GAO a great place to be an attorney.

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GAO’s Bid Protest Process and Legal Resources

When you think of GAO, you probably think of audits. You may be surprised to learn that we also provide legal support and services to the government that help ensure that your taxpayer dollars are being spent fairly and within … Continue reading

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Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technologies—the Future of Road Safety?

Every year in the United States, vehicle accidents result in millions of injuries and tens of thousands of deaths. While the number of fatalities has generally decreased over time—in part due to safety improvements such as seat belts—advanced technologies currently … Continue reading

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