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We’ve Moved! Continue following the WatchBlog at GAO.gov/blog

Dear readers, Thank you for your support and interest in GAO’s WatchBlog. We recently launched a new website and have moved the WatchBlog from this WordPress site to our new site (GAO.gov). As a result, we will no longer be … Continue reading

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What is the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and How Does It Protect Consumers from Hazards?

Have you ever wondered who checks to make sure that the new toy you bought for your child does not contain a choking hazard or that your child’s car seat meets safety standards? The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is … Continue reading

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The 2021 High Risk List—Which Programs Are At High Risk of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse? (videos)

7 Areas Improved; Five Got Worse; 20 Showed Little Change Today, we post our latest High Risk List, which includes 36 areas across the federal government vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement or needing broad-based transformation. Our list includes … Continue reading

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Pregnant Women in Federal Custody—A Uniquely Vulnerable Population

Pregnant women in custody are a vulnerable group with specialized health care needs. Yet, there are gaps in the treatment and care policies used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Prisons that … Continue reading

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Medicaid in Times of Crisis, and An Introduction to Our New Special Product—The Health Care Capsules

Did you know Medicaid can be used in times of crisis? From natural disasters to the pandemic, Medicaid has been used to protect groups of people and mitigate damages. In today’s WatchBlog post, we look at how Medicaid is used … Continue reading

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U.S. Spending on Afghanistan Reconstruction at Risk of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The U.S. government has spent about $141 billion on reconstruction in Afghanistan since 2002. Here at GAO, we have been monitoring these efforts. In today’s WatchBlog post, we look our new report, which highlights concerns we found about U.S. reconstruction … Continue reading

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How the Small Business Administration Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

When Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in January 20, she became the first candidate elected to President or Vice President to have attended a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). What are HBCUs, and what role have they played … Continue reading

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Rural Hospital Closures Create More Distance Between Residents and Care

Rural hospitals provide essential health care to both rural and nearby urban communities, including COVID-19 treatment and services. Yet, more than 100 rural hospitals closed from January 2013 to February 2020. While this number may seem small, it’s having a … Continue reading

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Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Testing Still Present Challenges in Federal Pandemic Response

Since November 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has dramatically increased, further straining health care systems across the country. Today’s WatchBlog looks at our newest report on the federal pandemic response, which describes the status of ongoing … Continue reading

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Move Over! How Are Governments Trying to Protect First Responders From Roadside Crashes? (video)

Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road while cars and trucks whiz by? If so, you likely appreciate how dangerous and unnerving it can be. America’s emergency responders – police, firefighters, and EMTs – face this danger every … Continue reading

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