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Navigating Auto Recalls

Is your car one of the over 50 million affected by safety recalls in 2016? How would you know? In December 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  began consolidating its various websites (including safercar.gov) into NHTSA.gov to provide a … Continue reading

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U.S. Government’s Financial Report

Did you know that there’s a single document that contains nearly all of the federal government’s yearly financial information? It’s called the 2017 Financial Report of the United States Government and the Department of the Treasury published it today. Treasury, … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day – A GAO Love Song Mixtape

Valentine’s Day brings out our romantic side here at GAO. We’ve come up with a few musical suggestions for you as you sit on the couch with your main squeeze, open a nice bottle of wine, and snuggle up with … Continue reading

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Asking the Right Questions: How Many Medicare Participants Are At Risk of Harm from Prescription Opioids?

Over 14 million Medicare participants received opioid prescriptions in 2016—which cost the government over $4 billion. Because of the recent increase in opioid overdoses, Medicare monitors participants that might be overutilizing opioids. However, we found that there are more Medicare … Continue reading

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Increasing U.S. Military Posture in Europe

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014—and the Department of Defense has since requested over $4.5 billion to increase U.S. military presence in Europe. These funds were initially intended to reassure European allies, but DOD has also started to make plans to … Continue reading

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Criminal Restitution (infographic)

Did you know that criminals convicted of federal crimes are sometimes required to compensate their victims? This process, called criminal restitution, is usually used for crimes that have provable financial losses—like fraud.

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Got Agricultural Research and Promotion Programs? 

Did you picture yourself with a milk mustache after seeing those “Got Milk?” ads? Or pick up some ribs at the supermarket with the thought that you were buying “Pork: The Other White Meat”? These memorable catchphrases from advertising campaigns … Continue reading

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Government’s Security Clearance Process is “High Risk”

Our High Risk List pulls together all the government programs that we consider at high risk to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We were planning to update this list in early 2019 but made an exception … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things – Are We Ready for 50 Billion Things?

Your Fitbit, TV remote, microwave, and other wireless devices that use a network to communicate are part of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Their use is growing fast—some experts forecast that 25-50 billion devices will be in use by 2025. … Continue reading

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State and Local Governments’ Fiscal Future

Our projections for the fiscal future of state and local governments were updated today and it shows, unless changes are made, those governments will face a gap between spending and revenue over the next 46 years. For over a decade, … Continue reading

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