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Is There a Pink Tax?

We’ve reported on the pay gap between men and women and on women’s lower retirement income compared to men’s. Is there also a “Pink Tax,” where women’s products cost more than men’s? Today’s WatchBlog looks at our recent report on … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity—New Risks and Threats

Picture this: Atlanta’s municipal information system was hit with a cyberattack that prevented customers from accessing multiple applications, including paying bills and viewing court-related information. The Department of Justice reported indicting nine Iranians for a massive cybersecurity theft campaign on … Continue reading

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Understanding Derivatives One Swap at a Time

Did you ever agree to swap your PB&J sandwich for your friend’s bologna sandwich? If so, you did a nonfinancial swap. Since the 1980s, bankers have applied that basic concept to create financial contracts to swap a wide range of … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Event Ticketing

Buying tickets to see your favorite band can be a frustrating experience. Tickets often sell out quickly, only to appear soon after on resale sites at high prices. And when you buy your tickets, you may be hit with high … Continue reading

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Illicit Synthetic Opioids (Podcast and Infographic)

Federal agencies collaborate with each other and with some foreign governments, such as China, Mexico, and Canada, to combat the production and availability of illicit synthetic opioids. Our recent report looks at some of these cooperative activities, such as sharing … Continue reading

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Disciplining Public School Students

The issue of who gets disciplined and why is complex.  In some cases teachers are the ones who choose when and how to discipline students—particularly for common behaviors like disobedience, defiance, and classroom disruption. Research sheds some light on a … Continue reading

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Addressing a Shortage of Critical Skills in the Federal Government

A talented workforce ensures the federal government is working effectively. However, we’ve previously reported and testified on gaps in skilled talent in the federal workforce—talent that is critical in areas like cybersecurity, acquisitions, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). … Continue reading

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The Nation’s Biodefense

Biological agents like anthrax have the potential to kill or injure masses of people or have a catastrophic impact on the economy. These agents could emerge naturally or be intentional acts of war or terrorism. So, how does the federal … Continue reading

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Office Space

The federal government spends billions of dollars every year to operate and maintain the roughly 273,000 buildings it owns or leases. But we’ve reported for years on problems with how the federal government manages its real estate—in fact, federal real … Continue reading

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Bottom’s Up to Clean Drinking Water!

In honor of World Water Day, today’s WatchBlog takes a look at our recent work on efforts to keep drinking water free of lead and other contaminants in homes, businesses, and military installations.

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