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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
Oversight of Internet Privacy
This podcast explores the government's role in ensuring your online information is protected.
Feb 13, 2019
Cleaning Up Offshore Oil Spills
What role does the government play in offshore oil spill recovery efforts? And is there room for improvement?
Feb 04, 2019
TSA's Pipeline Security Program
In addition to airline security, the Transportation Security Administration is also responsible for securing the nation's nearly 3-million-mile pipeline system carrying oil, natural gas, and other resources. This episode of the watchdog report explores this TSA function.
Dec 19, 2018
Protecting the Electric Grid
GAO reports on the risk to our electric grid from geomagnetic disturbances coming from outer space.
Dec 19, 2018
Information Systems Security and Intrusion Protection
Hear what GAO found when we looked at how federal agencies are doing to secure their information systems.
Dec 18, 2018
2018 Update to GAO's State and Local Government Fiscal Outlook Model
In this podcast, we discuss the 2018 update to GAO's annual report on state and local governments' fiscal outlook.
Dec 13, 2018
Airline Passenger Protections
How does the Department of Transportation handle commercial airline passenger complaints? This podcast covers a GAO report exploring that question.
Nov 20, 2018
Submarine Fleet Maintenance Delays
The Navy relies on its 51 attack submarines to round out its national defense capabilities. GAO reports on maintenance delays affecting those subs.
Nov 19, 2018
Agent Orange
It's been nearly 50 years since the military deployed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. GAO reports on how government agencies today deal with information on where the tactical herbicide was used.
Nov 15, 2018
Illegal Marijuana Eradication Efforts
This podcast covers DEA efforts to help state and local agencies tackle illegal marijuana crops.
Nov 14, 2018
Afghanistan Security Equipment
The United States has spent nearly $84 billion on Afghan security since 2002. But are we providing the right equipment to Afghan forces?
Oct 15, 2018
Air Force Readiness
This podcast explores how the Air Force is handling ageing equipment, missed training requirements, and a shortage of fighter pilots.
Oct 10, 2018
Weapons Systems Cybersecurity
As Department of Defense weapon systems become more reliant on digital networking, how do they plan for cyber threats?
Oct 09, 2018
Rural Hospital Closures
In this podcast, we discuss what trends GAO found in rural hospital closures.
Sep 28, 2018
DOD's Management of Biosafety and Biosecurity Program
Three years ago the Department of Defense mistakenly made hundreds of shipments of anthrax-causing bacterium. This episode of the Watchdog Report looks at how DOD has responded to this incident.
Sep 20, 2018
Federal Acquisitions Update
In 2007, a congressional advisory panel identified ways the government could buy goods and services more effectively and save money in the process. Hear what GAO found when it reviewed how federal agencies have handled acquisitions since then.
Sep 12, 2018
Central American Police Training
Central American Police Training: State and USAID Should Ensure Human Rights Content is Included as Appropriate, and State Should Improve Data.
Sep 05, 2018
Reported Injuries to U.S. Personnel in Cuba
Hear about a GAO report on Department of State's response to a series of incidents in Cuba which left some U.S. diplomats and their families experiencing injuries including hearing loss and brain damage.
Sep 05, 2018
CMS Medicaid Oversight
In the past four years, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has saved more than $5 billion of Medicaid funding by finding errors in states' spending reports. Could they be doing more?
Sep 05, 2018
VA's Reusable Medical Equipment
The Veterans Health Administration, like most health care systems, reuses some medical equipment. But if not prepared properly, this equipment could endanger other patients. And the VHA has more than 9 million patients. Check out this podcast to hear how the VHA is doing.
Sep 04, 2018
Youth Substance Use
As the federal government funds prevention, treatment, and recovery services for illicit substance abuse, how much attention is paid to adolescents and young adults?
Sep 04, 2018
2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires
A GAO report revisited last year's devastating natural disasters to see how federal and state or territorial agencies prepared for and responded to the hurricanes and wildfires.
Sep 04, 2018
Gender-Related Price Differences
Ever wonder if some items, like shaving materials or deodorants, cost different for men and women? Well, GAO investigated. Listen to what we found.
Aug 23, 2018
Southwest Border Security
Customs and Border Protection, under Homeland Security, is planning to construct barriers along our southwest border. We discuss their efforts in this podcast.
Aug 06, 2018
IRS Taxpayer Authentication Efforts
In the wake of well-publicized, large-scale data breaches, hacks, and cyberattacks affecting private and government organizations alike, we discuss what the IRS is doing to ensure they can authenticate taxpayers' identities and stay current in a changing cyber environment.
Jul 23, 2018