Tag Archives: DOD

Disclosing Wrongdoing: How to Improve Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers help protect the government from waste, fraud, and abuse by reporting potential wrongdoing. Because there’s a risk of reprisal, such as being fired or reassigned, it’s important to safeguard whistleblowers’ identities and the information they provide. For National Whistleblower … 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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Is the Cloud Saving the Government Money?

Have you ever wondered how the federal government provides important public services—like helping secure major sporting events or providing public access to weather data? Or how the Treasury manages supplies for printing currency, or the military transports cargo around the … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Global Migration, and U.S. Government Actions

Today is World Environment Day—a day for learning more about key issues facing the environment, such as climate change, and for thinking about how people interact with the Earth. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss our recent report on the potential … Continue reading

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Federal Government Contracting for Fiscal Year 2018 (infographic)

With tax season over, now is a good time to look at how the government uses your tax dollars. About 40% of the government’s discretionary spending goes to contracts for goods and services covering everything from health care to hand … 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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Snapshots from the Audit Trail

Our Watchdogs track the way agencies spend federal money—and take snapshots along the way as physical evidence on the audit trail. Today’s WatchBlog highlights some of the best photos from our audit teams as they fanned out across the country … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We’ve been busy podcasting! And if you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts. Rural Hospital Closures: From 2013-2017, 64 hospitals in rural areas in the United States closed their … Continue reading

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GAO’s Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams, many of which we have highlighted on the WatchBlog. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Contracting and National Security Acquisitions (CNSA) … Continue reading

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Military Pilots: The View from 30,000 Feet

Military pilots fly both manned and unmanned planes to perform combat, transportation, and surveillance missions and other operations critical to national security. Retaining qualified pilots is important not only to meet national defense needs, but also to recoup the military … Continue reading

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