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How GAO Can Help in a Congressional and Presidential Transition

The 117th Congress and the incoming Presidential administration will be taking office in a time that presents significant challenges to the government. These include the coronavirus pandemic and its far-reaching public health and economic effects; the evolving issues around race … Continue reading

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Continued Surge in COVID Cases Highlights Need for Urgent Federal Action

COVID-19 cases have been increasing since mid-September, further highlighting the importance of federal public health and economic response efforts. Today’s WatchBlog looks at our fourth report on the federal pandemic response, which describes the status of ongoing efforts and outlines … Continue reading

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Mapping Global Food Insecurity (Interactive Map)

Nearly 690 million people in the world are undernourished. Poor nutrition can cause a number of health complications including stunting—a condition where poor nutrition in-utero or in early childhood causes a child to be too short for their age. Stunting … Continue reading

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Operation Warp Speed—Federal Efforts to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutic Development

Developing a vaccine can take 10 years or longer. However, as COVID-19 cases rapidly rose during the early stages of the pandemic, and with no vaccines or therapeutics available at that point to prevent or treat COVID-19, the federal government … Continue reading

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GAO’s Scorecard—How we saved the federal government $77.6 billion this year

GAO audits federal programs and spending to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected and that programs operate effectively and efficiently. While we share our findings with Congress and the public through hundreds of reports and testimonies issued throughout the year, … Continue reading

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The Risks of Lead Paint and How Lead is Detected in Blood

Lead exposure poses significant health risks—particularly to children whose growing bodies absorb more lead than adults. In recognition of Lead Poisoning Awareness Week, the WatchBlog is highlighting the dangers of lead poisoning. On Tuesday, we looked at the risk that … Continue reading

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Protecting Children from Lead Exposure in Schools and Child Care Facilities

Exposure to lead—like that found in contaminated water—can result in significant health problems. Children are particularly at risk because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults. Negative health effects include anemia, kidney and brain damage, as well as learning … Continue reading

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Auditing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not uncommon. And as the nation’s largest employer, the federal government faces its own challenges when it comes to detecting and responding to workplace sexual harassment. Today’s WatchBlog looks at our recent reports and … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Deepfakes—How do they work and what are the risks?

Last month, Microsoft introduced a new deepfake detection tool. Weeks ago, Intel launched another. As more and more companies follow suit and more concerns arise about the use of this technology, we take a look in today’s WatchBlog at how … Continue reading

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The Wave of Concerns Facing the National Flood Insurance Program

Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program in 1968 to protect homeowners and alleviate taxpayers’ exposure to flood losses. However, the growing magnitude of major flood events, combined with attempts to keep homeowners’ policy rates affordable, threaten the program’s solvency … Continue reading

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