Tag Archives: PI

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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Innovative Design in Federal Buildings

Leaky roofs, broken A/C units, cracked tiles—as the owner of a vast inventory of buildings, the federal government deals with these and other maintenance issues on a daily basis. Since 1994, the government has built 78 office buildings and courthouses … Continue reading

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All Together Now!

At GAO, we all live in a grey, rectangular building. But today, we’re feeling far out about the 50th anniversary of the release of Yellow Submarine, a full-length, animated psychedelic trip with the Beatles. In it, the Fab Four sings and … Continue reading

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Who is in the Driver’s Seat? 

Driverless cars conjure up images of relaxing in traffic while your car chauffeurs you home.  Companies are racing to develop automated vehicle technologies, and cars like this may be just around the corner. But are they safe? Today’s WatchBlog takes … Continue reading

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Drone Safety (video podcast)

Over a million Americans flew drones in 2017 for recreational or commercial purposes, and the Federal Aviation Administration expects that number to more than double over the next 5 years. Drones can pose a number of safety risks—like potential crashes … Continue reading

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Office Space

The federal government spends billions of dollars every year to operate and maintain the roughly 273,000 buildings it owns or leases. But we’ve reported for years on problems with how the federal government manages its real estate—in fact, federal real … Continue reading

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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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For Valentine’s Day – A GAO Love Song Mixtape

Valentine’s Day brings out our romantic side here at GAO. We’ve come up with a few musical suggestions for you as you sit on the couch with your main squeeze, open a nice bottle of wine, and snuggle up with … Continue reading

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