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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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Government’s Security Clearance Process is “High Risk”

Our High Risk List pulls together all the government programs that we consider at high risk to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We were planning to update this list in early 2019 but made an exception … Continue reading

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It’s Official—GAO Is a Great Place to Work!

Once again, GAO has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. We held our rank as the 2nd best place to work among midsize federal agencies in 2017, and even improved our score from … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2017 Performance and Accountability Report—More than $73 Billion in Financial Benefits

It’s that time of year again, the time we like to share the results of our work with you, the taxpayer. This year our audit work produced over $73 billion in financial benefits. In other words, for every $1 Congress … Continue reading

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Watchdogs Watching the Emmys

As the country gears up to watch the 2017 Emmys this Sunday, we are astounded (again!) at the way art imitates life—the nominated TV shows are full of references to issues that GAO investigates. From the streets of Atlanta to … Continue reading

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