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The Watchdog is Afoot!

Sherlock Holmes might be literature’s most famous detective, but he can still surprise you. For example, did you know that in the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock never actually said “Elementary, my dear Watson”? May 22 is … Continue reading

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As COVID-19 aid arrives, be on the lookout for scams

[Correction—This blog has been corrected to indicate that FDA has approved a home test collection kit, as of May 8, 2020.] As individuals, employers, and agencies await aid from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, … Continue reading

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Federal Efforts to Combat Elder Abuse

This Saturday is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 10 adults age 60 and older are abused each year in the United States. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss the Department of Justice’s role in … Continue reading

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What Can You Do After a Data Breach?

Chances are you or someone you know is one of the hundreds of millions of people whose personal data has been exposed in a data breach. But once your personal information is out there, what can you do to prevent … Continue reading

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Watching Out for Synthetic Identity Fraud

As real WatchBlog fans know, over the years we’ve covered identity theft issues for a few reasons: Federal information systems often contain information that can be used to steal identities and commit fraud, so we’ve looked at cybersecurity and other … Continue reading

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We Want YOU! (to Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse)

Fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds erodes the public’s trust in the government. So, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to spot it and report it! If you suspect that these kinds of activities are … Continue reading

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How to Save (A Lot More Than) A Billion—Reducing Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication in Government Programs

Today we released our latest report on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication among federal programs. Since 2011, we’ve been reporting on ways the government can be more efficient and save taxpayer money by looking for programs that work on different parts … Continue reading

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How Useful Are Identity Theft Services?

Many people purchase identity theft services—or receive them free when their information is compromised in an organization’s data breach. These services typically include four components: credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity restoration, and identity theft insurance. For April’s Financial Literacy Month, … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2017 High Risk List Update

Today we released our updated High Risk List, which includes three new areas: The 2020 Decennial Census, Management of Federal Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members, and U.S. Government’s Environmental Liabilities. We also removed an area related to sharing … Continue reading

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Our New Center for Enhanced Analytics

[The title of this post was changed to correct an error in the name.] Analytics and “big data” seem to be the next frontier in a number of arenas. Data researchers can use the large, real-time data sets that are … Continue reading

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