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Improving Federal Administration of Programs that Serve the American Indian Population

For nearly a decade, we’ve reported that federal agencies have ineffectively administered Indian health care, education, and energy resource development programs. This year we added the agencies responsible for these programs to our High Risk List—which discuss the federal agencies … Continue reading

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Keeping the F-35 Fighter Flying

The stealthy F-35 aircraft, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is slated to replace several different types of aircraft in the U.S. fleet. Three variations of the plane—one that can take off vertically, one suited to aircraft carriers, and … Continue reading

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It’s Official—GAO Is a Great Place to Work!

Once again, GAO has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. We held our rank as the 2nd best place to work among midsize federal agencies in 2017, and even improved our score from … Continue reading

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How Much Does Crime Cost?

Burglary, murder, identity theft—all crimes have costs for victims and society. The Department of Justice reported that federal, state, and local governments spent more than $280 billion in 2012 on criminal justice, including police protection, the court system, and prisons. … Continue reading

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How Much Is That Doggie in the Cabin?

If you’re one of the millions flying this holiday season, you may be wondering whether you’ll have to pay fees for services that aren’t included in your ticket price. Want to bring Fido? There’s a fee for that. Want to … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2017 Performance and Accountability Report—More than $73 Billion in Financial Benefits

It’s that time of year again, the time we like to share the results of our work with you, the taxpayer. This year our audit work produced over $73 billion in financial benefits. In other words, for every $1 Congress … Continue reading

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The Health and Welfare of the Nation’s Children (podcast & infographic)

The long-term success of the nation depends in large part on how well families and society care for children. Our recent report looked at more than 20 indicators to get a picture of the state of children’s well-being. We found … Continue reading

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The DATA Act – Working Towards Federal Spending Transparency

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 requires federal agencies to prepare and submit standardized, accurate information about the roughly $3.7 trillion they spend each year. The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury are … Continue reading

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Sorting Out the Federal Government: Creating an Inventory of Programs Using Information Architecture

Have you ever bought shoes online? Did you search for hiking boots? In mud brown? Size 10? The database you used likely allowed you to search for a specific color, size, style, and other features. It may have given you … Continue reading

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The Evolution of CYBERCOM

The Department of Defense faces tens of millions of attempted cyberattacks every year. In response, it established the U.S. Cyber Command in 2009 to more effectively address the growing risk of these threats. Although initially located within the U.S. Strategic … Continue reading

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