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Racial Disparities in Federal Employment, Lending, and Housing

Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial inequalities in economic markets. In today’s WatchBlog, we explore our work on racial disparities in the federal workforce, lending, and housing. Federal employment As the nation’s largest … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities in Health Care and the Role of Government

Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial inequalities in public programs and we have made recommendations to find and address them. Today’s WatchBlog looks at disparities in health care. Maternal Mortality Our work has … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities in Education and the Role of Government

The death of George Floyd and other Black men and women has prompted demonstrations across the country and brought more attention to the issues of racial inequality. Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial … Continue reading

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GAO’s review of the federal response to COVID-19

Facing unprecedented national public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies moved swiftly to distribute funds and implement programs to help people and businesses. But, as a tradeoff for that speedy response, agencies have made only … Continue reading

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Animal Research in the Federal Government: A Search for Alternatives

Researchers have frequently used animals to study disease, test product safety, experiment, or teach. Such research has led to countless breakthroughs, including advances in medical treatments and surgical procedures, life-saving medications and vaccines, and consumer product safety to name a … Continue reading

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The growing use of economic sanctions

The U.S. government has increasingly used economic sanctions as a tool to combat threats to U.S. interests. For example, in recent weeks, the government has sanctioned companies for supporting a Venezuelan regime deemed by the United States to be illegitimate, … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence and Brain Injuries: An Unchecked Public Health Problem

One in 3 adults in the United States has been a victim of domestic violence. And this number may be increasing. As millions of Americans quarantine due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, news outlets have reported that such violence could … Continue reading

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COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on American Indians

American Indian communities are reporting high rates of COVID-19 infection and voicing concerns that they may be more at risk and less able to respond to the pandemic. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at some of the factors that may … Continue reading

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Disease modeling: How Math Can Help In A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to models of infectious disease. These models are critical tools that scientists—including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—use to anticipate health care needs and explore options for responding to … Continue reading

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Quantum Technology Leaping Toward Reality

Quantum physics is a tough subject to study. Even revered physicist Richard Feynman once wrote that even “physics has given up” trying to fully understand it. But that does not mean human ingenuity cannot harness the mysteries of quantum physics … Continue reading

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