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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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2021 Quick Look At DOD Weapon Systems Acquisitions
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Each year, GAO provides a quick look assessing the Department of Defense’s major weapons programs. This year's assessment comes at a time of significant internal changes to DOD's weapons acquisitions process. We talk with GAO’s Shelby…
Jun 07, 2021
After 2017 Collisions, What is the Navy Doing to Reduce Sailor Fatigue and Workloads?
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After two separate collisions involving U.S. Navy ships in 2017, which resulted in the deaths of sailors, the Navy found that overworked, fatigue sailors and training deficiencies contributed to the accidents. Since then, the Navy has taken steps to…
May 27, 2021
NASA Plans For 2024 Moon Landing Progress, But Still Face Challenges
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NASA's plans to return American astronauts to the Moon have been accelerated by 4 years, moving from 2028 to 2024. Since then, NASA's efforts have faced management challenges as well as delays caused by the pandemic. We get an update on…
May 26, 2021
Our Priority Recommendations for the State Department
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For the Department of State, our priority recommendations include those that would improve the vetting process for security assistance, an approved embassy construction planning, and cyber security of the State Department's computer networks.…
May 26, 2021
The Evolving Cyber Insurance Market
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Malicious cyberattacks have resulted in billions of dollars in damages each year for US businesses. As more cyber threats emerged, there has been increasing demand for insurance policy against cyber related damages. What are the trends in this…
May 20, 2021
Widespread COVID-19 Outbreaks In Nursing Homes
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Widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes and the resulting deaths of elderly residents have been widely reported in the news. Why were nursing home so much more susceptible to outbreaks, and what were the key practices used by some nursing…
May 19, 2021
Pedestrian and cyclists deaths are up. How is the government responding?
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About 20 pedestrians and cyclists die each day as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. That's more than 7,000 people each year, and it's a number that's increased by nearly 50% in the past decade. What is causing this upward…
May 06, 2021
DOD's Efforts to Combat Domestic Abuse
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The Department of Defense says that domestic abuse is incompatible with the military's values and reduces military mission readiness. The DOD is required to record and report domestic abuse incidents to Congress to help inform military…
May 06, 2021
Demand for Behavioral Health Services Increases During the Pandemic
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New stressors associated with the pandemic could increase the number of people seeking services for mental health and substance use issues. But this potential increase also highlights longstanding questions about the availability of behavioral…
Apr 30, 2021
U.S. Postal Service Confronts Challenges During and After the Pandemic
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COVID-19 changed how people use the U.S. Postal Service. While the postal service was in higher demand during the pandemic, it also saw financial losses and fewer on time deliveries. As the pandemic begins to slow, what is the state of the postal…
Apr 29, 2021
Our Work on Racial Disparities and Diversity Issues--Special Edition for GAO's 100th Anniversary
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This year, GAO celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate our centennial, we are recording a series of podcasts about our history as an agency, and our contributions to public policy and program oversight. Today, we talk with three GAO experts…
Apr 28, 2021
Is the U.S. Paying More for Prescription Drugs?
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There's a perception that U.S. consumers pay more for prescription drugs than consumers in other countries. But do we? And what might explain the price differences for the same drugs? We'll talk with GAO's John Dicken to find out more.
Apr 27, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Initial Implementation Challenges
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Are you still waiting to get your vaccine? The federal government has taken actions to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, and says vaccines will be available to all adults in the U.S. by the end of May. However, federal officials say…
Apr 14, 2021
Changes in Military Readiness
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While the U.S. has enjoyed a dominant military advantage for decades, the Department of Defense says this superiority is being challenged by potential adversaries--most notably China and Russia--and by the strain of nearly two decades of conflict in…
Apr 07, 2021
VA’s Suicide Prevention Teams Face Increasing Workloads As Demand for Services Grow
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While veterans comprise only 8 percent of the adult population in the U.S., they accounted for almost 14 percent of adult suicides in 2018. In response to these risks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has created a Suicide Prevention Program. But…
Apr 05, 2021
The Theft of Native American Cultural Resources and Federal Efforts to Protect Them
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Native American cultural resources are things such as weapons and carvings, building or even human remains. They are irreplaceable and often extremely fragile. However, these items have long been the target of theft by individuals seeking to collect…
Apr 05, 2021
Urgent Actions Needed to Address Federal Cybersecurity Challenges
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Threats to our nation's cybersecurity infrastructure were once again highlighted after reports in December of a mass-breach of U.S. government agencies, businesses and contractors. GAO has included cybersecurity on our list of High Risk Areas…
Mar 24, 2021
The State of Our Nation’s Fiscal Health and the Effects of COVID-19, March 2021
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Trillions of dollars have been used in the federal response to COVID-19. This money includes unemployment assistance and small business loans for those impacted by the pandemic, as well as funding for vaccine development and manufacturing. While…
Mar 23, 2021
The Cybersecurity Risks Facing Retirement Savings Plans
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More than 100 million workers participate in employer-sponsored retirement savings plans--such as 401Ks. Together, their contributions represent nearly $6.3 trillion in assets. However, these assets and individuals' data, which are used for…
Mar 15, 2021
OSHA's Efforts to Ensure Employers Report Job Related Injuries and Illness
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) collects data from employers about injuries and illness in order to provide oversight of industries, as well as to improve safety policies for workers. However, OSHA officials told GAO that a…
Mar 04, 2021
Protecting Military Weapon Systems from Cyberattacks
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The Department of Defense is increasingly fielding high-tech weapon systems to maintain U.S. battlefield superiority. However, these sophisticated, expensive weapon systems are at risk of cyberattacks. In 2018, we reported that DOD had only recently…
Mar 04, 2021
The 2021 High Risk Update
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Every two years with the arrival of a new Congress, GAO issues updates to our High Risk List--highlighting some areas of government that are particularly at risk of waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement or in need of broad based transformation. We talk…
Mar 02, 2021
The Challenges Facing IRS Before and During COVID-19, And What It Means for Taxes in 2021
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The IRS processes more than 150 million individual and business tax returns each year. While the IRS has modernized its process to allow for electronic filings, several key functions remain paper-based, including about 40 percent of business-related…
Mar 01, 2021
Pregnant Women in Department of Justice Custody
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Policymakers and advocacy groups have raised concerns about the treatment of pregnant women in custody, including the use of restraints, and so-called solitary confinement. There are also concerns that pregnant women in custody lack access to things…
Mar 01, 2021
Vaccine Safety
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The U.S. has put a lot of its hope for combating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic behind two vaccines developed in record time--one year instead of the more typical 5-10 years. But how safe are these vaccines and how is safety determined? We…
Feb 25, 2021