Author Archives: WatchBlog

Mental Health Care in the Military

As servicemembers put their mental and physical health on the line to protect the country, it makes sense to provide care for their minds as well as their bodies. However, that task may be easier said than done. Does DOD … Continue reading

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Ending “Too Big to Fail”

8 years ago this month, the Federal Reserve bailed out Bear Stearns, preventing it from collapsing. This triggered an unprecedented amount of federal assistance to help stabilize markets—more than $1 trillion in loans and hundreds of billions of dollars of … Continue reading

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The ABCs—and D!—of Medicare

We do a lot of reports on complex Medicare-related issues, such as payment rates and ensuring program integrity. But we’ve also found that Medicare itself can be difficult to understand. Can’t tell your Medicare parts apart? Today’s WatchBlog has you … Continue reading

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A Seat in the Boardroom

Women’s history month is not only a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments, but also a time to reflect on their progress, particularly in positions of leadership. In honor of International Women’s Day, today’s WatchBlog examines the representation of women on … Continue reading

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Health Care Fraud Schemes (podcast)

How do you find—and stop—fraudsters among Medicare and Medicaid’s 100 million beneficiaries, countless providers, and more than $1 trillion in annual spending? It helps to know what you’re looking for. Listen to Kathleen King, a director in our Health Care … Continue reading

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Military Hazing (podcast)

Military life is full of rituals and rites of passage that promote camaraderie among servicemembers. But some actions cross the line into hazing. While hazing can take a toll on anyone, in the military it can also undermine an entire … Continue reading

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Keeping IRS Audits Fair

April 18th is the deadline for filing taxes. But after the crunch—and perhaps a collective sigh of relief from taxpayers—the IRS’s work continues. That includes identifying a small percentage of returns to examine more carefully. These audits help ensure a … Continue reading

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Tracking Federal Spending with the DATA Act (infographic and podcast)

The federal government spends more than $3.5 trillion dollars a year. But how that money is spent is not always easy to track. Enter the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Known as the “DATA Act,” this law is … Continue reading

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The National Cybersecurity Protection System (podcast)

With cyberattacks on the rise, protecting federal government computer systems, the infrastructure they control, and the private data stored within them is of the utmost importance. The National Cybersecurity Protection System is intended to help—but how well is it working? … Continue reading

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Preventing Potentially Billions of Dollars in ID Theft Tax Refund Fraud

Two things cause stress for just about everybody: taxes and identity theft. And when those two things come together, the result can be a nightmare. For Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, today’s WatchBlog focuses on how the IRS can combat … Continue reading

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