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VA’s Suicide Prevention Media Outreach Campaign (video)

After military service, many veterans struggle with mental health conditions and other hardships that put them at higher risk for suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Preventing veteran … Continue reading

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Are the Navy and Marine Corps Ready for the Future? (video)

The Department of Defense has faced conflict, budget uncertainty, and reductions in force structure, making it less prepared to handle its operations. Since 2015, we’ve made 45 recommendations to help the Navy and Marine Corps prepare for the future. We … Continue reading

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Airline Passenger Protections

Are you one of the millions of passengers flying over the holidays? Do you know your rights if your flight is cancelled or overbooked, or if your checked bag doesn’t arrive when you do? Today’s WatchBlog explores airline consumer protection … Continue reading

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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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