Category Archives: Collections

Podcast Roundup—The Federal Response to COVID-19

Do you typically tune in to podcasts during your daily commute? If so, you might have missed out on some of our latest podcasts while being housebound by the pandemic. Catch up by checking out this overview of some of … Continue reading

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The Tech Behind COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Public health officials are working to contain the spread of COVID-19, in part by using contact tracing applications to help reduce transmission rates. Contact tracing identifies infected individuals and notifies their “contacts”—i.e., all the people to whom they may have … Continue reading

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The Role and Risk of Herd Immunity When It Comes to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the concept of herd immunity is coming into sharper focus. But with limited information available on critical aspects of COVID-19, the concept remains a murky one. Today’s WatchBlog looks at our recent Spotlight on the … Continue reading

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What can the Great Recession teach us about rent affordability in the age of Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief to some homeowners. But what about renter households? In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and are struggling to make rent payments. … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities in Health Care and the Role of Government

Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial inequalities in public programs and we have made recommendations to find and address them. Today’s WatchBlog looks at disparities in health care. Maternal Mortality Our work has … Continue reading

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GAO’s review of the federal response to COVID-19

Facing unprecedented national public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies moved swiftly to distribute funds and implement programs to help people and businesses. But, as a tradeoff for that speedy response, agencies have made only … Continue reading

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COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on American Indians

American Indian communities are reporting high rates of COVID-19 infection and voicing concerns that they may be more at risk and less able to respond to the pandemic. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at some of the factors that may … Continue reading

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Disease modeling: How Math Can Help In A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to models of infectious disease. These models are critical tools that scientists—including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—use to anticipate health care needs and explore options for responding to … Continue reading

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The Reward and Risk of Expediting COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Development

U.S. scientists are working quickly to develop new tests and vaccines to identify and combat COVID-19. They have already developed 3 kinds of tests and begun development on numerous potential vaccines. Developing a new test or vaccine, however, is a … Continue reading

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A Snapshot of Government-wide Contracting for FY 2019 (infographic)

From health care to helicopters, the government spends about 40% of its discretionary spending on contracts for goods and services. In FY 2019, the federal government spent more than $586 billion on these contracts, an increase of over $20 billion … Continue reading

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