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COVID-19 Potential Impact on Prisons’ Populations and Health Care Costs

Recent reports of COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreaks in prisons have raised concerns about health risks for inmates, and the availability and cost of care in prisons. The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently cares for about 143,000 inmates in 122 facilities. In … Continue reading

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Is FEMA Ready to Respond to Emergencies?

Even before COVID-19, a rising number of natural disasters has meant an increased reliance by state, local, and tribal entities on federal funding and resources. For instance: The 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria affected 47 million people and are … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Response: Lessons Learned from The Past

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly challenging Americans to rethink every aspect of our daily lives. And while this particular virus is new, GAO has issued reports and congressional testimonies covering several similar public health challenges and emergency federal aid … 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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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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Some Sexual Assault Kits Aren’t Sent to Crime Labs. Why not?

Evidence in sexual assault kits can be a powerful tool to help find and prosecute  perpetrators of sex crimes and other crimes. Yet, evidence collected in thousands of sex assault kits hasn’t been turned over to crime labs for analysis. … Continue reading

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December Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We were busy podcasting all last year! And if you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on podcasts you may have missed last month. Protecting the Electric Grid: Severe solar … 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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Recidivism Among Prison Inmates with Serious Mental Illness

As of May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons oversaw almost 188,000 inmates—and nearly 8,000 of them were considered to have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Research has shown that prison inmates with serious mental illness … Continue reading

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