Government Accountability Office (GAO) Podcast: Watchdog Report

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Featuring interviews with GAO officials on significant issues and new reports, the Watchdog Report is recorded, hosted, and produced by GAO staff.

Episode Date
Veterans Choice Program
Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of its Community Care Program.
Jun 04, 2018
Missile Defense
The Missile Defense Agency has had some ups and downs this past year. Hear what GAO found in the latest report on the MDA.
May 30, 2018
Watchdog Report Podcast Looks at FAA Role Ensuring Safety Among Drones and Passenger Planes
1.1 million Americans flew drones in 2017 according to the FAA. And that number is expected to more than double over the next five years. The Watchdog Report podcast goes on location to discuss how the FAA plans to maintain safety in the national airspace as the industry grows.
May 24, 2018
Mental Health Protection and Advocacy
Join us as we discuss a GAO report exploring the federal government's role in overseeing states' mental health protection and advocacy.
May 24, 2018
Online Ticket Sales
What's it like buying tickets online? GAO explores hidden fees, purchasing bots, and reseller markups.
May 14, 2018
2020 Census Update
What happens once a decade, is constitutionally required, and counts every American? The census. Join us as we discuss what to expect in 2020.
May 08, 2018
2018 NASA Major Projects Quick Look
It’s time for GAO's annual review of NASA’s biggest projects. From human space flight to telescopes, we discuss issues and improvements.
May 01, 2018
Federal Student Loans and Default Rates
Are schools and their consultants giving borrowers incomplete or inaccurate information about repaying their student loans?
Apr 26, 2018
2018 Duplication and Cost Savings Report
GAO issues a yearly report identifying duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs - as well as opportunities for the federal government to save money and increase revenue. So, what's new this year?
Apr 26, 2018
Military Personnel Tempo
What do guidelines say about the maximum length of time service members can be away from home? Limited enforcement and data make that a difficult question to answer.
Apr 25, 2018
2018 DOD Weapons Programs Quick Look
Join us as we explore how the Department of Defense has handled their major weapons systems acquisitions over the past year.
Apr 25, 2018
Reducing Pathogens in Meat and Poultry
Foodborne illness can affect the health and safety of Americans. A GAO report digs into how the USDA can help keep meat and poultry pathogen free.
Apr 18, 2018
How to Improve Base Realignment and Closure Rounds
The Base Realignment and Closure process has changed the physical landscape of DoD for the past three decades. Hear what GAO recommends for the next BRAC round.
Apr 16, 2018
Combating Synthetic Opioids
Illegal opioids have been around for a long time. So what's different about the rise of illicit synthetic opioid use, and what can be done about it?
Apr 12, 2018
Technology Assessment: Artificial Intelligence
New Artificial Intelligence technologies may fill you with hope or dread. But AI has arrived, and GAO takes a look at how it may affect some industry sectors.
Mar 28, 2018
Additional FinTech Regulatory Oversight
While emerging financial technologies have been making news of late, we explore some FinTech risks for consumers.
Mar 22, 2018
Homeownership Mortgage Products
Americans buying homes may find help with federal homeownership assistance programs. But those programs aren't designed to accelerate equity building. Should they be?
Mar 15, 2018
Workplace Retirement Accounts: Leaving Money on the Table
Billions of dollars from millions of retirement accounts are up in the air. What can be done to ensure Americans aren’t missing out on retirement funds?
Mar 05, 2018
Responding to Changes in Counterfeit Goods
We look at what's changing with counterfeit goods, and what the government is doing to keep rights' holders and Americans safe.
Feb 27, 2018
Protecting the Nation's Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks
What's being done to help get a grip on the threat hackers pose to the nation's banking institutions, dams, and other critical areas of infrastructure? We explore the issue.
Feb 15, 2018
Electricity Providers
The electric grid provides electricity to millions of people. We discuss the possible impacts to daily life and infrastructure if the grid were disrupted by an electromagnetic event.
Feb 07, 2018
Federal IT Acquisitions
Too often the federal government has spent money on IT projects that failed. We take a look at how IT acquisition reform efforts have fared.
Jan 03, 2018
Protecting Students' Information When Applying for Federal Student Aid
The Education Department and schools gather personal information on the millions of students receiving aid each year. How well is that information protected?
Dec 04, 2017
Diversity in the Technology Sector
Tech companies are a major source of high-paying U.S. jobs. But do minorities have an equal chance at these opportunities? We looked at the numbers that tell part of the story.
Nov 30, 2017
Preventing Tax Refund Fraud
The IRS estimates that would-be thieves used false identities to try to steal $14.5 billion in tax refunds in 2015. What’s being done to thwart them?
Nov 28, 2017