Protecting the Electric Grid: Severe solar storms could create disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field that lead to extensive power outages. We reported on some of the technologies intended to protect the U.S. electrical grid from such geomagnetic disturbances. Listen to Tim Persons, GAO’s Chief Scientist, discuss these storms and the risk to our electric grid.
TSA’s Pipeline Security Program: The U.S. interstate pipeline system delivers oil, natural gas, and other hazardous products throughout the nation. These pipelines are vulnerable to accidents, operating errors, and malicious physical and cyber attacks. Listen to Chris Currie, a director in our Homeland Security and Justice team, discuss the weaknesses we found in how TSA manages its pipeline security efforts.
Information Systems Security and Intrusion Protection: How is the government doing at protecting against cyberattacks? We found that federal agencies have gotten better at preventing and detecting intrusions into their information systems, but they still remain vulnerable to attacks. Listen to Greg Wilshusen, a director in our Information Technology team, discuss the need for agencies to improve implementation of government-wide practices for securing their information systems.
2018 Update to GAO’s State and Local Government Fiscal Outlook Model: We recently updated our annual report on the fiscal health of state and local governments. Our outlook suggests state and local governments will have an increasingly tough time covering their bills over the next 50 years. Listen to Michelle Sager, a director in our Strategic Issues team, discuss long-term fiscal trends and challenges these sectors may face.
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