Author Archives: WatchBlog

Snapshots from the Audit Trail

Our Watchdogs track the way agencies spend federal money—and take snapshots along the way as physical evidence on the audit trail. Today’s WatchBlog highlights some of the best photos from our audit teams as they fanned out across the country … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We’ve been busy podcasting! And if you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts. Rural Hospital Closures: From 2013-2017, 64 hospitals in rural areas in the United States closed their … Continue reading

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Marking 40 Years with the Civil Service Reform Act

Last month marked a milestone in the history of the country’s federal personnel system. Forty years ago on October 13, the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) was landmark legislation and it continues to serve as the foundation for much of … Continue reading

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Performance and Accountability in FY 2018

We saved the government over $75 billion—a return of about $124 for every dollar invested in us—in FY 2018. Our annual Performance and Accountability Report details our work supporting the Congress and helping improve the performance and accountability of the … Continue reading

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Colleges and Universities Rely Heavily on Contingent Faculty

It’s American Education Week and we’re reflecting on the changing employment landscape in colleges and universities. Not so long ago, for many, a faculty career in higher education came with expectations of steady income and almost unparalleled job security. While … Continue reading

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You Have a Right to Your Medical Records

If you request a copy of your medical records, your healthcare provider has to give it to you. That’s the law. But there can be a gap between the law and the reality for many patients. In this WatchBlog, we … Continue reading

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Filling out Those Federal Forms

Americans spend a lot of time providing information to federal agencies, whether via tax forms or benefit applications. Overall, for example, based on government-wide estimates, the public spent 9.8 billion hours responding to federal information collections in fiscal year 2015. … Continue reading

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Recidivism Among Prison Inmates with Serious Mental Illness

As of May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons oversaw almost 188,000 inmates—and nearly 8,000 of them were considered to have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Research has shown that prison inmates with serious mental illness … Continue reading

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How Can Low-Income Renters Find Affordable Housing?

Low-income renters often face difficulties finding housing they can afford. But a federal program—the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)—helps encourage developing this type of housing. This tax credit program has helped finance about 50,000 affordable rental units annually. The IRS … Continue reading

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NASA’s IT Management and Cybersecurity

NASA depends heavily upon information technology (IT) to conduct its work. The agency spends at least $1.5 billion annually on IT investments that support its missions, including ground control systems for the International Space Station and space exploration programs. Because … Continue reading

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