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Artificial Intelligence: Still a Long Way from Judgment Day

The 1991 sci-fi film Terminator 2 predicted that artificial intelligence (AI) software known as Skynet would become self-aware on August 29, 1997, and rapidly take over the world. Today, even as we celebrate avoiding such an extreme outcome for 22 … Continue reading

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A Look at the Federal Government’s Aging Computer Systems

Imagine trying to read this post on a first- or second-generation mobile phone. It would be slow to load and the screen image wouldn’t be as crisp as the one you’re probably looking at right now. There’d be a lot … Continue reading

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Contracting for Disaster Response and Recovery

In 2017, 3 hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—and the California wildfires caused widespread damage and affected 15% of the nation’s population. Federal agencies often rely on contracts to provide necessary goods and services to survivors in the aftermath of such catastrophes. … Continue reading

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What is the U.S. Government Doing to Combat Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a pervasive crisis throughout the world. Millions of women, men, and children—often held against their will in slave-like conditions—have been forced into servitude, forced labor, or the commercial sex trade. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that … Continue reading

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Summer Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

Looking for some entertainment as you try to beat the heat by the pool? Put on your headphones and check out some of our recent podcasts! Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of the podcasts you may have missed … Continue reading

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NASA Celebrates Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago this Saturday, humankind took a giant leap as NASA astronauts took their first small steps on the Moon. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of NASA’s recent advancements since that giant leap, as well as findings from … Continue reading

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Bank Supervision: What’s Changed Since the Financial Crisis

When big banks failed during the 2007–2009 financial crisis, it wasn’t a complete surprise. Federal bank supervisors had found underlying risks at those banks, but didn’t always act on those findings to help banks be better actors. Today’s WatchBlog looks … Continue reading

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Need an Expert? We Can Help!

Did you know that GAO’s executives often speak publicly about our work? To make it easier for news media, congressional staff, and the public to connect with us, we launched a one-stop database that can help easily locate one of … Continue reading

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Troubling Trends in DOD’s Weapon Programs

The Department of Defense’s 82 largest complex programs cost an estimated $1.69 trillion. We annually assess how DOD is managing and overseeing these major acquisition programs in our “Quick Look” reports. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of our observations … Continue reading

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Finding Common Ground on Flood Insurance Reform

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, many homeowners have wisely chosen to protect their properties by purchasing flood insurance. However, the nation’s taxpayers remain largely unprotected as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is poised to continue to … Continue reading

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