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Reevaluating the Retirement System

How do you picture your retirement years? Spending time with your family? Maybe traveling a little? Everyone has dreams about what they want their post-work lives to be like, but for an increasing number of Americans, those dreams are receding … Continue reading

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Abandoned Boats! Who Responds to Abandoned and Derelict Boats and other Vessels?

Abandoned and derelict recreational boats, fishing boats, and barges can block U.S. waterways and pose threats to the environment and public health—as fuel and hazardous material can leak into the water when these boats and other types of vessels deteriorate. … Continue reading

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IRS: Taxpayer Tips Can Turn Into Cash

The Internal Revenue Service helps keep the federal government funded by enforcing tax laws and working to ensure that everybody pays their share. Nevertheless, every year some taxpayers—intentionally or inadvertently—overstate deductions, understate income, and don’t pay what they owe. The … Continue reading

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The Surge Sealift Fleet—Shipping Military Supplies For Any Major Event

More than 90% of military equipment, supplies, and fuel travels by sea. When the military deploys anywhere, the demand for naval transportation grows. Additional shipping capacity must be ready to assist in any major event, ranging from a natural disaster … Continue reading

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Watching Out for Synthetic Identity Fraud

As real WatchBlog fans know, over the years we’ve covered identity theft issues for a few reasons: Federal information systems often contain information that can be used to steal identities and commit fraud, so we’ve looked at cybersecurity and other … Continue reading

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Our Increasingly Connected World — The Internet of Things 

Cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, and numerous other consumer and industrial products are increasingly designed to gather data, connect to the Internet, and improve efficiency or assist with decision making. Earlier this year, our Internet of Things technology assessment … Continue reading

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Doctor’s Orders: More Training in Primary Care

It’s almost that time of year when tens of thousands of medical students gear up to apply for residency programs. These residency programs, also known as graduate medical education (think early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy), are the pipelines for our … Continue reading

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Navy Readiness: What Happens When Old Shipyards Meet a Modern Fleet?

To defend the nation’s strategic interests across the globe, in 2016 the Navy announced a goal of expanding its fleet to 355 ships—a significant increase over its previous goal of 308 ships. In recent years, however, the Navy has struggled … Continue reading

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Watchdogs Watching the Emmys

As the country gears up to watch the 2017 Emmys this Sunday, we are astounded (again!) at the way art imitates life—the nominated TV shows are full of references to issues that GAO investigates. From the streets of Atlanta to … Continue reading

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Optimizing Federal Data Centers

In recent years, federal agencies have moved more and more of their services and operations online, increasing their need for computer power and data storage—and leading to a dramatic rise in the number of federal data centers. These buildings house … Continue reading

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