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Performance and Accountability in FY 2018

We saved the government over $75 billion—a return of about $124 for every dollar invested in us—in FY 2018. Our annual Performance and Accountability Report details our work supporting the Congress and helping improve the performance and accountability of the … Continue reading

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Filling out Those Federal Forms

Americans spend a lot of time providing information to federal agencies, whether via tax forms or benefit applications. Overall, for example, based on government-wide estimates, the public spent 9.8 billion hours responding to federal information collections in fiscal year 2015. … Continue reading

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Recidivism Among Prison Inmates with Serious Mental Illness

As of May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons oversaw almost 188,000 inmates—and nearly 8,000 of them were considered to have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Research has shown that prison inmates with serious mental illness … Continue reading

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Innovative Design in Federal Buildings

Leaky roofs, broken A/C units, cracked tiles—as the owner of a vast inventory of buildings, the federal government deals with these and other maintenance issues on a daily basis. Since 1994, the government has built 78 office buildings and courthouses … Continue reading

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Key Trends with a Major Impact on Our Nation and Its Government (video)

An increasingly volatile world makes understanding evolving trends and issues essential. Our latest strategic plan for 2018-2023 explores eight key trends which will have serious consequences for our nation and its government. Our video explains trends and emerging issues that … Continue reading

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Just Facts

A lot of time and attention to detail goes into every one of GAO’s non-partisan, fact-based reports. As a result, there may be a lot of interesting nuggets buried in each PDF, on page 10, 100, or even 300. We’d … Continue reading

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Banking at the Border, Money Laundering, and “Derisking”

Banks are an important line of defense for fighting financial crimes. Banks and other financial institutions are subject to the Bank Secrecy Act, which helps federal law enforcement detect and deter the use of financial institutions for money laundering and … Continue reading

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Who is in the Driver’s Seat? 

Driverless cars conjure up images of relaxing in traffic while your car chauffeurs you home.  Companies are racing to develop automated vehicle technologies, and cars like this may be just around the corner. But are they safe? Today’s WatchBlog takes … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Federal Workforce

The most vital resource at any federal agency is its workforce. During Public Service Recognition Week, we’re celebrating the contributions of federal employees. This year is especially noteworthy because it’s the 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act of … Continue reading

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The Shape of Water and U.S. Labs—Must Be Time for the Oscars!

Are you getting ready to watch the Academy Awards? In today’s WatchBlog, we take a look at the current crop of Oscar nominees and consider the cinematic side of some of the important issues we cover. Spoiler alert: The papers … Continue reading

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