Summer Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

Watchdog Report Podcast LogoLooking for some entertainment as you try to beat the heat by the pool? Put on your headphones and check out some of our recent podcasts! Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of the podcasts you may have missed this summer. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Watchdog report on iTunes or our RSS feed!

Reducing food waste: Did you know that about 40% of the U.S. food supply goes uneaten? That’s about $200 billion a year that’s spent on growing, processing, and transporting food that is never consumed. Steve Morris, a director in our Natural Resources and Environment team, discussed our recent report on federal efforts to cut food waste. Check it out.

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Auctioning off first responders’ radio waves: The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to hold an auction in 2021 for access to a part of the radio spectrum currently used by police and fire departments across the country. We reviewed the effects this auction could have on the first responders whose communication systems rely on those waves. Listen to Andrew Von Ah from our Physical Infrastructure team talk about our findings.

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Proving your identity on federal websites: The federal government relies on commercial credit agencies to help verify the identities of people who apply for benefits online—such as asking personal questions from credit files. However, the 2017 Equifax data breach has raised questions about this practice. Nick Marinos, a director in our Information Technology and Cybersecurity team, talked about our report on how federal agencies can strengthen the security of their online identity verification processes.

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Image Showing Examples of Alternative Identity Verification and Validation Methods that Federal Agencies Have Reported Using

The financial risks of caring for retired family members: About 1 in 10 Americans per year cared for an elderly parent or spouse from 2011 through 2017, and women were more likely than men to provide care. Hear from Charlie Jeszeck, an Education Workforce and Income Security director, about the effects that caregiving can have on family members’ long-term financial security.

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Table Showing Who Received Care from Family Caregivers 2011-2017


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