Tag Archives: Physical Infrastructure

GAO Reports by the Numbers: Physical Infrastructure

From transportation and telecommunications to federal assets and the Postal Service, our Physical Infrastructure team reports on topics that impact the way we travel, communicate, and conduct business.

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911 – What Is Your Emergency?

Each year, Americans make approximately 240 million calls to 911—of those, 80% are from wireless devices. The existing 911 system, however, relies on aging infrastructure that is not designed to accommodate modern communications technologies. As a result, states and localities … Continue reading

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Are Your Online Purchases Legit?

More counterfeit goods, drugs, and other illegal or prohibited items may be entering the United States as people increasingly buy things online. So, today’s WatchBlog explores how Customs and the Postal Service screen packages coming into the United States and … Continue reading

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Navigating Auto Recalls

Is your car one of the over 50 million affected by safety recalls in 2016? How would you know? In December 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  began consolidating its various websites (including safercar.gov) into NHTSA.gov to provide a … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things – Are We Ready for 50 Billion Things?

Your Fitbit, TV remote, microwave, and other wireless devices that use a network to communicate are part of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Their use is growing fast—some experts forecast that 25-50 billion devices will be in use by 2025. … Continue reading

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Planning of Metrorail’s SafeTrack Projects (podcast)

In response to serious safety concerns regarding Washington, DC’s Metrorail system, in May 2016 the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority started SafeTrack—a large-scale rehabilitation project. Along with addressing immediate safety concerns, SafeTrack was intended to tackle a backlog of track … Continue reading

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GAO’s Physical Infrastructure Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll spotlight the Physical Infrastructure (PI) team, which helps Congress and federal agencies better manage the physical infrastructure network that connects … Continue reading

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