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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.

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Protecting Taxpayer Data from Unauthorized Access by IRS Employees
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Millions of Americans file tax returns each year that include personal and financial information like their incomes, addresses, mortgage information. Among these filings are those for celebrities and politicians, as well as others whose financial…
May 19, 2022
Who Gets Audited by IRS the Most and How Have Audit Rates Changed?
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IRS estimates that individual taxpayers underreport their income during tax season by hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IRS determines whether taxpayers have reported their income accurately by auditing them. But in recent years audit…
May 17, 2022
Nuclear Clean Up Efforts Need Stable Leadership
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The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management is responsible for cleaning up millions of gallons of hazardous and radioactive waste left behind from decades of nuclear research and weapon development. But this office has…
May 03, 2022
Hunger Among Military Veterans and Federal Efforts to Address It
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Military veterans are particularly at risk of lacking access to food. And while there are nutrition programs that help veterans buy food, a majority of those who are eligible for benefits do not participate in these programs. We talk with GAO’s…
Apr 25, 2022
Border Patrol Efforts to Reduce Migrant Deaths and Assist Those in Distress
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Migrants crossing the Southwest border of the United States can encounter remote, rugged stretches of land and harsh, hot conditions. While U.S. Border Patrol responds to reports of migrants unlawfully crossing the border, they also respond to those…
Apr 20, 2022
As Navy Moves Toward Uncrewed Maritime Vehicles, A Clearer Plan Is Need for Achieving Its Goals
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The U.S. Navy faces more competition as other nations invest in new weapons and technologies designed to disrupt U.S. naval advantages. To help counter this competition and potential disruptions, the Navy is developing surface and underwater…
Apr 07, 2022
Telehealth Use Surged During the Pandemic Among Medicaid Beneficiaries
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Telehealth boomed during the pandemic--including among Medicaid beneficiaries. However, there are some concerns about the quality of care that patients received, and even fraudulent billing by some service providers. We find out more from GAO’s…
Mar 31, 2022
Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Defense Strategies. How is DOD Planning for It?
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to transform national defense and war strategies. The Department of Defense has even stated that failure to adopt AI technology could restore the military's ability to defend our nation. We find out more…
Mar 30, 2022
Demand For Mental Health Care Has Grown, But Access May Lag Even For Those With Coverage
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An estimated 21% of adults in the U.S. have mental health or serious mental health conditions. While many patients have health care insurance coverage or benefits that include mental health services, they could still face challenges accessing and…
Mar 30, 2022
DOD’s and U.S. Coast Guard’s Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault In The Military
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Sexual assault is a heinous crime that can have a lasting, harmful effect on victims. But when it occurs among the ranks of military service members, it can have the additional effect of undermining the military's ability to carry out its…
Mar 28, 2022
Opioid Misuse Impacts on Older Workers
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Opioid misuse has resulted in the deaths of over 840,000 Americans since 1999, and the pandemic has exasperated this crisis. The pandemic has exacerbated this problem. In fact, more than 75,000 deaths were attributed to overdoses between April 2020…
Mar 25, 2022
K-12 Learning Loss During the Pandemic, 1.1 million teachers had students who did not show up for school
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For millions of students, teachers and their families, the last couple of school years during COVID-19 were rife with challenges that disrupted education. But many teachers nationwide reported having students who never even showed up during the…
Mar 23, 2022
How To Get Off Our High Risk List
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Occasionally, we deem some programs and operations ‘high risk’ because they are especially vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We then make recommendations to agencies on how to address these risks.…
Mar 02, 2022
Virtual Charter Schools Enrollment is Up, But Student Performance is Down
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Even before COVID-19 drew national attention to remote learning, enrollment in virtual schools had actually been increasing faster than enrollment and other public schools, and nearly 70% of all students attending virtual schools are enrolled in…
Mar 02, 2022
Federal Efforts to Improve Protection of Critical Infrastructure After the Colonial Pipeline Attack
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The 2021 cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the Southeast United States and showed us just how vulnerable our nation's infrastructure is to these kinds of threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security…
Mar 01, 2022
Preventing the Abuse of Youths Living in Residential Facilities
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News media have reported several incidents of youth being mistreated, abused or neglected, and sometimes even killed by staff employed at residential facilities. We talk with GAO’s Kathy Larin about our new report that discusses the prevalence of…
Feb 23, 2022
National Security Snapshot, the Challenges of China
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China has made tremendous gains in its military capabilities over the last 20 years and is striving to be a world class military. China's increasingly assertive demeanor on the world stage, as well as its combined economic, diplomatic, military…
Feb 15, 2022
DOD Estimates for Facility Sustainment Fall Short of Funding Needs
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The Department of Defense (DOD) manages more than 550,000 facilities worldwide. These include everything from military housing and childcare centers to runways, roads and pipelines. GAO recently looked at how DOD estimates the costs for maintaining…
Jan 31, 2022
An Update on Our Review of the Federal Response to COVID-19
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Today, we issue our latest and ninth comprehensive report with recommendations to improve the federal response to COVID-19 response. Hear more from four GAO experts about our latest findings, including deficiencies in coordination and leadership, as…
Jan 27, 2022
Potentially Ineligible Providers in the Veterans Community Care Program
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Veterans can receive health care services through community providers when they face challenges accessing care at VA facilities. The Veteran’s Health Administration is responsible for ensuring community-based health care providers are qualified and…
Jan 13, 2022
How Federal Financial Regulators Protect Your Personal Information
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Federal financial regulators are increasingly using individuals’ data to detect and prevent crimes like funding terrorism, as well as to enhance online interactions with consumers. However, as its use increases, so have concerns about protecting…
Jan 13, 2022
How Virtual Currencies Are Used in Human and Drug Trafficking
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Virtual currencies are being used to facilitate illicit activities, including human and drug trafficking. GAO was asked to look into this issue and federal efforts to prevent it. We talk GAO’s Gretta Goodwin and John Pendleton to learn more.
Jan 10, 2022
Trafficking and Money Laundering
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Criminal organizations and terrorist groups use money laundering to carry out their crimes, including human trafficking or trafficking of other goods like illegal drugs and wildlife. In 2021, Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (…
Dec 23, 2021
Military Hazing and DOD’s Efforts to Stop It
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The U.S. military has a rich history and traditions of initiation ceremonies and rites of passage that at times have included inappropriate, cruel or even abusive behavior. According to the DOD, these hazing activities can jeopardize combat and…
Dec 15, 2021
COVID-19 and Behavioral Health
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: Americans have reported feeling more isolated and stressed, and many have experienced economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. This has caused an increase in demand for behavioral health services, including those from mental health and substance…
Dec 10, 2021