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Are Schools Prepared to Respond to a Pandemic?

Schools and colleges across the nation are closing their doors, sending students home, and moving to online or other forms of instruction in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  In our prior reports, we have reviewed how … Continue reading

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Census Operations During COVID-19

April 1st is Census Day—an important marker for reporting where you live as of April 1, 2020, for the 2020 Decennial Census. The census, which includes a population count, has real consequences for how seats in the House of Representatives … Continue reading

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How prepared are airports and airlines to handle a pandemic?

Physical distancing and avoiding shared surfaces can be quite difficult when it comes to air travel. Airports and airplanes have many of the features that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend you avoid to prevent the spread of diseases, … Continue reading

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As economy turns, unemployment insurance may once again play an important role

During the last recession, from 2007-2009, about half of the 15 million U.S. workers who lost their jobs received unemployment insurance benefits. As another potential recession looms because of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), unemployment insurance programs may once again play an … 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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Disaster loans could help small businesses affected by coronavirus

The Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it would use disaster assistance loans to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus), as directed by President Trump’s national address. SBA disaster loans are usually used to help respond to localized disasters … Continue reading

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The F-35: ALIS in the Looking-Glass

The F-35 is the most modern fighter jet in the world. It’s the Department of Defense’s most ambitious and costly weapon system. It’s also supposed to be one of the smartest. It runs on the Autonomic Logistics Information System, a … Continue reading

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The Federal Government Is on an Unsustainable Fiscal Path

Growing debt is not just a number—it represents a threat to our economy and our ability to meet national needs and priorities. The federal deficit (the amount of money spent vs. the amount collected) increased for the fourth consecutive year. … Continue reading

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Are You Paying Taxes on Your Virtual Currency?

It’s tax filing season and time to gather your information and fill out your tax forms. But did you know that if you use virtual currency, like bitcoin, you may have to report it to IRS and include it in … Continue reading

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Improper Payments on the Rise

Increasingly, the federal government is making payments it shouldn’t. Improper payments are when the federal government overpays, underpays, or makes payments to ineligible recipients. In FY 2019, federal agencies reported about $175 billion in estimated improper payments—up from $151 billion … Continue reading

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