Tag Archives: Department of Energy

GAO’s Scorecard—How we saved the federal government $77.6 billion this year

GAO audits federal programs and spending to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected and that programs operate effectively and efficiently. While we share our findings with Congress and the public through hundreds of reports and testimonies issued throughout the year, … Continue reading

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

The nation’s critical infrastructures —such as energy, transportation systems, communications, and financial services—are dependent on information technology (IT) systems and electronic data to carry out and report on operations. But these systems are increasingly at risk from things like insider … Continue reading

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On National STEM Day, Combatting Sexual Harassment in STEM Research

Research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plays a critical role in enhancing the nation’s competitiveness. Here on the WatchBlog, we’ve explored the federal government’s role in supporting STEM education, diversifying the pipeline of STEM talent, and increasing women’s … Continue reading

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Preparing for Evolving Cybersecurity Threats Facing the U.S. Electric Grid

Electricity is essential for modern life. In addition to our modern home conveniences, like our microwaves, computers, and lighting, electricity is vital to hospitals, first responders, and financial services in our country. So, what would happen if our electric grid … 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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Risky Business—Threats in the IT Supply Chain

Laptops aren’t like IKEA furniture—we usually buy them pre-assembled and ready to use. The life of a computer starts long before it’s purchased, though, and the process of creating and moving a computer from suppliers to users can create security … Continue reading

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Visualizing Relationships in Department of Energy Contracting

About 90% of the Department of Energy’s $30 billion budget goes to contracts which help the Department carry out its broad range of programs related to nuclear security, science, energy, nuclear waste cleanup, and more. Contracting isn’t always as simple … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: A GAO Mixtape, Part 2

Today, we celebrate our love for you – and our work. Maybe you noticed this with our first Valentine’s Day mixtape last year? We Crush on providing you with objective, reliable information that helps the government save money and work … 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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GAO Nerds Out for Comic-Con

Is it any surprise that GAO auditors know some things about Comic-Con? (It shouldn’t be.) To mark the start of this annual convention, here’s a look at some of our work through the lens of superheroes, adventurers, and other Comic-Con … Continue reading

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