Author Archives: WatchBlog

Big bank regulators at risk of influence?

“Regulatory capture”—when regulators act in the interest of the industry they’re regulating, rather than the public good—is a big concern, especially when it comes to big banks. Today’s WatchBlog explores how it happens and what regulators can do to protect … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the Recovery Act

Ten years ago this month, Congress responded to the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This economic stimulus package, estimated to cost more than $800 billion, … Continue reading

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Your Internet Privacy

Do you shop or bank online? Use the Internet to stay connected with friends and family? Internet-based products and services regularly collect and share personal information about users, such as location, search terms and browsing history, contact information, and financial … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: A GAO Mixtape, Part 2

Today, we celebrate our love for you – and our work. Maybe you noticed this with our first Valentine’s Day mixtape last year? We Crush on providing you with objective, reliable information that helps the government save money and work … Continue reading

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Title IX and High School Sports: Facts and Findings 

Did you know that Title IX applies to high school sports, as well as college sports? Title IX’s complexities make it a program that is not very well understood. So, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day … Continue reading

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IRS in Need of Better Controls to Safeguard Taxpayer Data

Every tax season, you send information to the IRS about your salary, marriage status, and other personal and financial information. We’ve looked at whether IRS has effective controls in place to protect the sensitive financial and taxpayer data in its … Continue reading

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Our New Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Team

Today we launched a new Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) team, expanding our work on cutting-edge science and technology issues. STAA will focus on: Technology assessments and technical services for the Congress, Auditing federal science and technology programs, Compiling … Continue reading

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Risks and Benefits of Fintech Lending

Financial technology (fintech) refers to the use of technology and innovation to provide financial products and services—and fintech lending is a growing part of this field. Fintech lenders are nonbank firms that operate online and may use “alternative data,” including … Continue reading

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The Rigorous Process for Producing “Fact-Based” Information

“We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.” So, just what does GAO mean when we say our mission is to provide “fact-based” information? It means there’s a rigorous fact-checking process that requires … Continue reading

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Our 4th Comptroller General, Joseph Campbell—an Auditor, Not a Bowler

President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Joseph Campbell as the 4th U.S. Comptroller General of the United States more than seven months after Lindsay C. Warren retired. The nomination came as a surprise to many involved—including Campbell. As part of our … Continue reading

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