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Following the Paper Trail of Federal Retirement Processing

The Office of Personnel Management receives over 100,000 federal retirement applications each year. But the time it takes to process these applications can often be delayed. In fact, between 2014 and 2017, OPM didn’t meet its goal of processing most … Continue reading

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Increased Federal Role in the Housing Finance System

Housing finance is a complex, multi-trillion-dollar industry that played a major role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Two of our recent reports analyzed changes in the market since the crisis and their effect on taxpayers. We discuss our findings in … Continue reading

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The Secret Service’s IT Workforce

In addition to protecting the President, the Secret Service also investigates and prevents financial and electronic crimes—such as identity theft, counterfeiting, and computer-based attacks on the nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure. To do this, it relies heavily on its … Continue reading

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Federal Efforts to Combat Elder Abuse

This Saturday is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 10 adults age 60 and older are abused each year in the United States. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss the Department of Justice’s role in … Continue reading

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Are Tax Practitioners Protecting Your Personal Information?

Doing your taxes can be complicated. So it’s no surprise that nearly 90% of taxpayers use either a paid preparer or tax software to prepare and file their taxes each year. In an age of data breaches and identity theft, … Continue reading

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How Social Security is Working to Overcome its IT Management Challenges

The Social Security Administration relies on its IT systems to provide monthly payments to over 64 million Americans. Even with such an important mission, the agency has a history of struggling to manage its IT effectively. However, SSA has been … Continue reading

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Federal Government Contracting for Fiscal Year 2018 (infographic)

With tax season over, now is a good time to look at how the government uses your tax dollars. About 40% of the government’s discretionary spending goes to contracts for goods and services covering everything from health care to hand … Continue reading

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Spring Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

It has been a busy year so far in our podcast studio! And if you’re not subscribed to the Watchdog report on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of the podcasts … Continue reading

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GAO’s Guide to Saving the Government Billions of Dollars: Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication in Federal Programs

Today we released our 9th annual report on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, adding 98 new actions that Congress or federal agencies can take to improve government programs. For example: The Department of Energy could avoid spending … Continue reading

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Educational Opportunities and Discipline Issues in Public Schools on the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17, 1954, in its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that state laws establishing “separate but equal” public schools for Blacks and Whites were unconstitutional. Sixty-five years later, race and … Continue reading

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