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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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December Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We were busy podcasting all last year! And if you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on podcasts you may have missed last month. Protecting the Electric Grid: Severe solar … Continue reading

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A Lot of Government Information Is Freely Available

From health and education statistics to budget and spending information, the federal government produces a lot of information, or data. Agencies are making more and more of this data open for everyone to use. Our recent report identified 5 key … Continue reading

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Gifts that Keep on Giving—and Saving

It’s the holiday season and gift-giving is in full swing. So, today we’re taking a look back at how our work for Congress keeps giving—and saving. Did you know we saved the government over $75 billion in FY18? That’s a … Continue reading

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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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