Author Archives: WatchBlog

GAO’s Professional Development Program – Watchdogs in Training

New entry-level staff at GAO spend their first 2 years in the Professional Development Program, which provides a wealth of on-the-job experience, classroom trainings, and career development opportunities. In today’s WatchBlog, we take a glimpse at what it’s like for … Continue reading

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Get ON the Internet and Do Your Homework!

These days, internet access is crucial for students both in and out of the classroom. “Underconnected” students—those with limited or no internet access at home—may have difficulty completing homework assignments. This puts them at risk of falling behind better-connected students. … Continue reading

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Disclosing Wrongdoing: How to Improve Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers help protect the government from waste, fraud, and abuse by reporting potential wrongdoing. Because there’s a risk of reprisal, such as being fired or reassigned, it’s important to safeguard whistleblowers’ identities and the information they provide. For National Whistleblower … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Global Migration, and U.S. Government Actions

Today is World Environment Day—a day for learning more about key issues facing the environment, such as climate change, and for thinking about how people interact with the Earth. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss our recent report on the potential … Continue reading

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Trucking Shifts into the Future

Will there come a day when the big rig in the lane next to you doesn’t have a driver? Trucks that have some automated features—or that even drive themselves—are on the horizon, and they have the potential to improve efficiency … Continue reading

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Marking 40 Years of FEMA

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed an executive order merging many separate, disaster-related responsibilities into an independent agency called the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the 40 years since its creation, FEMA has undergone dramatic changes—most notably in 2003, when … Continue reading

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How Some Property Owners are “Gaming” the HUD Inspection Process

Financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) helps keep affordable housing within reach for more than 2 million American households. HUD wants to ensure that the housing it’s helping to provide is clean, safe, and in … Continue reading

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Credit Reporting Agencies and You

If you’ve ever signed up for a credit card or taken out a loan to buy a car, the credit card company or bank has probably checked your credit report to see if you qualify. But where does the information … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2019 – Protecting At-Risk Fish, Birds, and Animals

It’s Earth Day; and this year’s theme is about broadening protection for at-risk species and their habitats. What is the nation doing on this front? Today’s WatchBlog examines some national and international efforts.

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