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Asylum Seekers

Each year, tens of thousands of foreign nationals in the United States apply for asylum, which provides refuge for those unable or unwilling to return to their home country for various reasons. For example, they may have faced past persecution … Continue reading

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Celebrating 68 Years of Keeping an Eye on Defense

In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act—reorganizing and modernizing the U.S. armed forces, foreign policy, and the Intelligence Community into a new military-defense agency. Today in 1949, Truman signed an amendment to the act, officially renaming this agency … Continue reading

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DOE’s Investments in Research and Development

The Department of Energy invested $7.36 billion in thousands of civilian research and development projects in 2015—supporting R&D in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the electricity grid. With this funding, researchers at national laboratories, universities, and private … Continue reading

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Happy 227th Birthday Coast Guard—A Look at Some Recent Fleet Modernization Efforts

Here’s a water cooler fun-fact: it’s Coast Guard Day! On this day in 1790, the Tariff Act authorized the construction of 10 ships to enforce maritime tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. These ships—known as “revenue cutters” for the … Continue reading

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Is DOD Ready to Support a Response to a Cyber Attack?

Critical infrastructure—the facilities and systems that support banking, commerce, energy, and more—is vital to our national economy, security, and public health. It can also be vulnerable to cyber attacks, which are increasing in frequency, sophistication, and severity. In the event … Continue reading

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Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Before It Gets to Our Plates

Antibiotics are used by people all over the world to treat infections caused by bacteria, but antibiotic-resistance is on the rise. In fact, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now one of the biggest threats to global health—leading to an estimated 2 million … Continue reading

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U.S. Postal Service’s Monopolies (video podcast)

No matter where you live in America, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver your first-class mail for the price of a stamp. To help ensure it can fulfill its mission of providing universal service, Congress granted USPS two monopolies that … Continue reading

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GAO Nerds Out for Comic-Con

Is it any surprise that GAO auditors know some things about Comic-Con? (It shouldn’t be.) To mark the start of this annual convention, here’s a look at some of our work through the lens of superheroes, adventurers, and other Comic-Con … Continue reading

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Online Access to Your Health Records

Have you checked out your health records online lately? On average, health care providers who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered access to almost 90% of their patients—but less than 1/3 of those patients used it. … Continue reading

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A “Quick Look” at DOD, NASA, and DHS Acquisitions

For the past 15 years, we’ve been reviewing the federal government’s largest acquisition programs in our “Quick Looks”—and our latest reports featured the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security. While each agency serves a different mission, … Continue reading

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