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Asking the Right Questions: How Many Medicare Participants Are At Risk of Harm from Prescription Opioids?

Over 14 million Medicare participants received opioid prescriptions in 2016—which cost the government over $4 billion. Because of the recent increase in opioid overdoses, Medicare monitors participants that might be overutilizing opioids. However, we found that there are more Medicare … Continue reading

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Increasing U.S. Military Posture in Europe

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014—and the Department of Defense has since requested over $4.5 billion to increase U.S. military presence in Europe. These funds were initially intended to reassure European allies, but DOD has also started to make plans to … Continue reading

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Criminal Restitution (infographic)

Did you know that criminals convicted of federal crimes are sometimes required to compensate their victims? This process, called criminal restitution, is usually used for crimes that have provable financial losses—like fraud.

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Got Agricultural Research and Promotion Programs? 

Did you picture yourself with a milk mustache after seeing those “Got Milk?” ads? Or pick up some ribs at the supermarket with the thought that you were buying “Pork: The Other White Meat”? These memorable catchphrases from advertising campaigns … Continue reading

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Government’s Security Clearance Process is “High Risk”

Our High Risk List pulls together all the government programs that we consider at high risk to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We were planning to update this list in early 2019 but made an exception … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things – Are We Ready for 50 Billion Things?

Your Fitbit, TV remote, microwave, and other wireless devices that use a network to communicate are part of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Their use is growing fast—some experts forecast that 25-50 billion devices will be in use by 2025. … Continue reading

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State and Local Governments’ Fiscal Future

Our projections for the fiscal future of state and local governments were updated today and it shows, unless changes are made, those governments will face a gap between spending and revenue over the next 46 years. For over a decade, … Continue reading

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Tackling the Tax Gap

Tax season is upon us, and many of us will soon be sitting down to figure out and pay our share. But this year, like every year, some taxpayers intentionally or inadvertently won’t fully pay what they owe. The difference … Continue reading

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Obstacles Ahead for U.S. Icebreakers

U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker ships hammer their way through sheets of ice to access remote ice-covered oceans. That’s a key capability if you want to get to the ends of the Earth, and that is part of their mission. Bodies … Continue reading

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GAO’s Disaster Assistance Collection

Hurricanes, wildfire, floods, the Zika virus—natural and manmade disasters have significant consequences for people, communities, and the environment. So, what is the federal government doing to respond to these disasters and help with long-term recovery efforts? Check out our new … Continue reading

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