Category Archives: Worker and Family Assistance

What is the U.S. Government Doing to Combat Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a pervasive crisis throughout the world. Millions of women, men, and children—often held against their will in slave-like conditions—have been forced into servitude, forced labor, or the commercial sex trade. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that … 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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Taking Care of the Families of Fallen Servicemembers

Each Memorial Day, the United States remembers military servicemembers who lost their lives in service to the nation. It is also important to remember the families whom fallen servicemembers have left behind, and their tremendous sacrifice for the nation. Today’s … Continue reading

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Helping Youth with Autism

About half a million youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder will leave high school over the next decade—and will face unique challenges as they transition to adulthood. We looked at the services and supports that these youth (ages 14-24) need to … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to look at some of our recent work on a range of issues affecting women. Read on for what we’ve found about women in combat, corporate boards, clinical trials, and … Continue reading

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Do the Oscars Make You Think of Federal Policy? Yeah, Us Too.

We think about our reports all the time—even when we watch movies. As a tribute to our single-mindedness, today’s WatchBlog is all about how our work relates to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. So, get some popcorn, put your feet up, … Continue reading

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Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About the Earned Income Tax Credit

Do you know whether you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit? For the EITC to work as Congress intended, it’s important that eligible taxpayers are aware of the credit and know how to properly claim it. One of the … Continue reading

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Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Addiction and Recovery (videos)

Over 47,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2014—more than any previous year on record. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death by injury in the country, surpassing auto accidents. To help … Continue reading

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