Author Archives: WatchBlog

Digging Deep on the 2020 Census with GAO’s New Podcast Series

Today we’re introducing a new breed of GAO podcast — Watchdog Report: Deep Dig. While our traditional podcast tends to zero in on the bottom line of one of our new reports, Deep Dig will explore broader issues we examine, … Continue reading

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Creating Explosives for Nuclear Weapons

Those yellow pebbles pictured on the left? While they might look a lot like Halloween candy, they are far from it. They’re actually formulated explosives the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration uses to create weapons. In today’s WatchBlog, … Continue reading

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Our New Disaster Resilience Framework

Since 2005, federal funding for disaster assistance is approaching half a trillion dollars, most recently for catastrophic hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other losses in 2017 and 2018. As the number and severity of weather events continues to increase, the need … Continue reading

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Lead Safety at Home and in School

Exposure to lead can harm a child’s brain, growth, behavior, and ability to learn. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common source of lead exposure … Continue reading

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How Chernobyl Jump-Started the Global Nuclear Safety Regime

Have you been catching up on all the Emmy-nominated shows before the big event next Sunday, September 22? With the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” nominated for 19 Emmy awards this year, we took the opportunity to look back at some of … Continue reading

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Following the Federal Dollar… geographically

When you think of the federal government, Washington, D.C. likely comes to mind. But the truth is that federal agencies and programs actually operate throughout the nation—from disaster recovery efforts to naval shipyards and federal data centers. What you might … Continue reading

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GAO Reports by the Numbers: International Affairs and Trade

From diplomatic security to global health and customs issues, our International Affairs and Trade team reports on topics that affect the security and prosperity of the global community. To get a better idea of the breadth of the issues we … Continue reading

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Back to School with GAO

Across the nation, teachers are gearing up for the new school year, with tests at the ready to determine how well kids know their numbers and facts. Today, the WatchBlog is testing your knowledge of various topics affecting the nation’s … Continue reading

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Preventing and Addressing Abuse in Nursing Homes

Confirmed incidents of abuse in nursing homes more than doubled from 430 in 2013, to 875 in 2017. While the abuse of nursing home residents remains relatively infrequent, this increase is troubling, especially because the largest increase was in the … Continue reading

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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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