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School Lunches During COVID-19

What happens to children who rely on meals at school when the coronavirus pandemic results in unexpected school closures? Federal nutrition assistance programs are usually used to provide food to children in low-income areas when schools are closed for vacation. … Continue reading

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What is the Defense Production Act, and how is it being used in response to COVID-19?

On March 27, the administration announced it would use the Defense Production Act in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The President directed the Department of Health and Human Services to work with General Motors to prioritize the production of ventilators that … Continue reading

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Are Schools Prepared to Respond to a Pandemic?

Schools and colleges across the nation are closing their doors, sending students home, and moving to online or other forms of instruction in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  In our prior reports, we have reviewed how … Continue reading

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Census Operations During COVID-19

April 1st is Census Day—an important marker for reporting where you live as of April 1, 2020, for the 2020 Decennial Census. The census, which includes a population count, has real consequences for how seats in the House of Representatives … Continue reading

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How prepared are airports and airlines to handle a pandemic?

Physical distancing and avoiding shared surfaces can be quite difficult when it comes to air travel. Airports and airplanes have many of the features that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend you avoid to prevent the spread of diseases, … Continue reading

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As economy turns, unemployment insurance may once again play an important role

During the last recession, from 2007-2009, about half of the 15 million U.S. workers who lost their jobs received unemployment insurance benefits. As another potential recession looms because of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), unemployment insurance programs may once again play an … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Response: Lessons Learned from The Past

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly challenging Americans to rethink every aspect of our daily lives. And while this particular virus is new, GAO has issued reports and congressional testimonies covering several similar public health challenges and emergency federal aid … Continue reading

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Disaster loans could help small businesses affected by coronavirus

The Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it would use disaster assistance loans to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus), as directed by President Trump’s national address. SBA disaster loans are usually used to help respond to localized disasters … Continue reading

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How Prepared Are We for a Pandemic?

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 from China to the U.S. shores has brought the term coronavirus into daily usage and raised the question “How prepared are we for a pandemic?” Today’s WatchBlog explores GAO work looking at pandemic preparedness, … Continue reading

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Expanding GAO’s Science & Technology Expertise

We provide Congress with nonpartisan and fact-based analysis of technological and scientific developments that affect our society, environment, and economy. To enhance our ability to do this, we established the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) team in January 2019. … Continue reading

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