Category Archives: Podcast

The Challenges of Going Back to School

States and local governments are grappling with how to bring K-12 students back to school safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic—whether in person, virtually, or via a hybrid model. Yet, even before COVID-19, several schools across the country had to close … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at GAO’s Watchdog Report for International Podcast Day

It’s International Podcast Day! Did you know GAO has been podcasting since 2010? In addition to traditional podcasts about significant issues in our reports, we’ve also experimented with video podcasts and done podcasts about internal GAO operations, such as the … Continue reading

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A Look at the Federal Government’s Aging Computer Systems

Imagine trying to read this post on a first- or second-generation mobile phone. It would be slow to load and the screen image wouldn’t be as crisp as the one you’re probably looking at right now. There’d be a lot … Continue reading

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Summer Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

Looking for some entertainment as you try to beat the heat by the pool? Put on your headphones and check out some of our recent podcasts! Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of the podcasts you may have missed … Continue reading

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Troubling Trends in DOD’s Weapon Programs

The Department of Defense’s 82 largest complex programs cost an estimated $1.69 trillion. We annually assess how DOD is managing and overseeing these major acquisition programs in our “Quick Look” reports. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of our observations … Continue reading

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Trucking Shifts into the Future

Will there come a day when the big rig in the lane next to you doesn’t have a driver? Trucks that have some automated features—or that even drive themselves—are on the horizon, and they have the potential to improve efficiency … Continue reading

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Spring Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

It has been a busy year so far in our podcast studio! And if you’re not subscribed to the Watchdog report on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of the podcasts … Continue reading

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GAO’s Guide to Saving the Government Billions of Dollars: Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication in Federal Programs

Today we released our 9th annual report on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, adding 98 new actions that Congress or federal agencies can take to improve government programs. For example: The Department of Energy could avoid spending … Continue reading

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Marking 40 Years of FEMA

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed an executive order merging many separate, disaster-related responsibilities into an independent agency called the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the 40 years since its creation, FEMA has undergone dramatic changes—most notably in 2003, when … Continue reading

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An Ongoing Risk: Cybersecurity Attacks at Federal Agencies

Similar to how new flu shots come out each year to combat new strains of the virus, agencies must routinely adapt their cybersecurity efforts to address evolving threats. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at the federal government’s approach to and … Continue reading

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