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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
Measuring Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Its Costs
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Many workers experience sexual harassment in their workplace. However, the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment in the United States--as well as the costs to the employee and their employer--are not fully understood. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes, an expert on employment and equal opportunity issues, and the Managing Director of our Education, Workforce and Income Security Team.
Oct 16, 2020
The Harm of Data Breaches in Public K-12 Schools
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Schools collect and store a range of information about students, including data on their grades and test scores, addresses and phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and even medical information. Disclosing this information could be harmful to students physically, emotionally, and impact their long-term financial health. We talk with GAO's Jackie Nowicki--an expert on K-12 education and school safety, and a director in our Education, Workforce, and Income Security Team--about a new GAO report on data breaches in public schools.
Oct 15, 2020
COVID-19 and the Challenges for K-12 Schools in Disaster Areas
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COVID-19 has proven highly disruptive to students and schools this year. But many communities face added disruptions caused by natural disasters--such as hurricanes and wildfires--which can cut electricity and internet access to communities, as well as render school facilities unusable for extended periods of time. We talk with GAO's Jackie Nowicki--an expert on K-12 education and school safety, and a director in our Education, Workforce, and Income Security Team--about her new report on the impacts disasters coupled with COVID-19 have had on schools, and the supports available to these communities.
Oct 14, 2020
Protecting Air Travel from Cyberthreats
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Airplanes are equipped with systems that provide information about the weather, flight location, communications, and more. While these systems are critical to flight safety, they also present opportunities for cyberattacks on commercial airplanes. We talk with GAO experts Heather Krause and Nick Marinos about a new report on the cybersecurity issues facing avionics systems.
Oct 09, 2020
Testing for Lead in Child Care Facilities' Water
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Exposing children to lead--in contaminated water, for example--can lead to long-term health problems like anemia, kidney and brain damage, as well as learning disabilities and decreased growth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), child care facilities may be at risk for elevated levels of lead in their drinking water because they are often closed on weekends, holidays, and extended breaks where lead in pipes and other fixtures can leach into water.

We talk to GAO education expert Jackie Nowicki--a director in our Education, Workforce, and Income Security Team--about her recent review of lead in child care facilities.
Oct 01, 2020
Actions Needed to Help Disaster Survivors Access FEMA Assistance Program
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Heavy hurricanes seasons in 2017 and 2018, along with devastating wildfires in California, affected more than 47 million people in the United States--about 15 percent of the national population. In response to disaster events like these, the Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide financial assistance for home repairs, child care and transportation, as well as services to help survivors during recovery periods. However, survivors face challenges in accessing this assistance, and--with larger-scale disasters--FEMA faces challenges in giving assistance. Today we talk with GAO's Chris Currie, an expert on disaster assistance and a director in our Homeland Security and Justice Team.
Sep 30, 2020
Protecting Water and Wastewater Facilities that House Hazardous Chemicals
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Facilities that produce, use, or store hazardous chemicals can be dangerous to the communities where they are found, and could become targets of terrorists looking to inflict mass casualties and damage. In the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of these facilities, which include public water systems and wastewater treatment works. What safeguards are in place to protect communities from the risks these water facilities could potentially pose? We talk with GAO's Nathan Anderson, an expert on critical infrastructure protection and a director in our Homeland Security and Justice Team.
Sep 29, 2020
Veterans' Care--Challenges in Accessing Community Care and Counseling Services
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The VA has taken steps to improve access to quality, timely health care. But veterans still report challenges in accessing this care. We talk with GAO's Debra Draper and Sharon Silas, two experts on veterans' health care issues, to find out more.
Sep 28, 2020
Warhead Plans Could Be U.S.'s Most Expensive Nuclear Replacement Effort
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Introduced in 1979, the W78 nuclear warhead is the oldest weapon in the U.S. nuclear stockpile that has not undergone a major update or replacement. Replacing this warhead could end up being the most expensive warhead replacement effort since the end of the Cold War, and could have broader implications on the Air Force and on warhead programs. We talk to Allison Bawden--an expert on U.S. nuclear weapons management and a director in our Natural Resources and Environment team--about her review of Department of Defense’s and the National Nuclear Security Administration's efforts.
Sep 23, 2020
Implementing a National Cybersecurity Strategy
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Increasingly-sophisticated cyberthreats have underscored the need to strengthen the federal government's role in protecting critical infrastructure. These threats pose serious challenges to our economy, as well as our national security and your personal privacy. So, what is the federal government doing to prepare and protect against these threats? We talk with GAO's Nick Marinos, an expert on cybersecurity and data protection, and a director in our Information Technology and Cybersecurity Team.
Sep 22, 2020
The Federal Response to COVID-19 Could Be Strengthened by Timely Actions
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In response to COVID-19, Congress and federal agencies have taken unprecedented steps to direct funding and federal assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities. However, despite these efforts, the nation continues to face significant loss of life and profound economic disruptions. We've been monitoring and reviewing the federal response to COVID-19 and issuing by-monthly reports about our review. We talk with some of the directors who are leading GAO's effort to audit the federal response to COVID-19.
Sep 21, 2020
USDA Assistance for Farmers Affected by Trade Disruptions and Tariffs
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Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to assist farmers directly affected by trade disruptions and tariffs. These disruptions affected a variety of agricultural products, such as soy and pork. Since announcing its plans, USDA has distributed about 14.5 billion dollars in payments to farmers under the 2019 Market Facilitations Program. We talk with Steve Morris, an expert on federal agricultural programs and a director in our Natural Resources and Environment Team about these payments.
Sep 14, 2020
VA Police Use of Force at Medical Centers
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The Veterans Health Administration manages medical centers that provide millions of veterans with necessary care like mental health services, critical care, and physical therapy. VA police are staffed to these facilities, and are responsible for protecting patients, staff, visitors, and property. However, there have been complaints about the VA police’s use of force. We talk to Gretta Goodwin—an expert in law enforcement and a director in our Homeland Security and Justice team—about her recent report on VA police and use of force incidents at medical centers.
Sep 08, 2020
The Use of Sanitization Inspections in Aircraft Galleys and Lavatories
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These days, many people are worried about air travel, and whether it is safe in the time of COVID-19. But even before the pandemic, GAO was looking at the cleanliness of airplanes and sanitation practices in galleys and bathrooms. We talk to GAO's Steve Morris about his recent review of FDA's role in inspecting sanitation in airplane-galleys and lavatories.
Sep 08, 2020
How does Industry-Led Independent Research and Development Fit into DOD Planning?
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Leveraging independent research and development projects conducted by the defense industry in high-tech areas, like cybersecurity and biotechnology, can help the U.S. military maintain battlefield superiority. While the amount and the focus of investments is up to those contractors, the Department of Defense reimburses them to the tune of about $4 to $5 billion annually. However, there are concerns that DOD isn't taking full advantage of this research. We talk with Tim DiNapoli, an expert on military contracting and a director in our Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Team.
Sep 03, 2020
The Benefits of Recycling Consumer Electronics
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Description: Before you throw out your old smartphone, you might want to consider the benefits of recycling it. Consumer electronics like your old smartphone, contain critical materials such as gold, platinum, and rare earth metals that are both limited in supply and valuable. We talked to GAO's Karen Howard--a director in our Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team--about how recycling your old smartphone and other electronics could help extend the supply of critical materials, and reduce the U.S.’s reliance on importing these items.
Aug 31, 2020
Changes to FAA's Aviation Safety Enforcement Policies
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Air travel in the U.S. is one of the safest in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration--or FAA--helps ensure that safety by enforcing standards for air carriers, pilots, airports, and other parts of the aviation system. However, recent events have raised questions about the effectiveness of FAA's enforcement efforts. We talked with GAO's Heather Krause to learn more.
Aug 18, 2020
Expanded Use of Facial Recognition Technology has Increased Privacy and Accuracy Concerns
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The use of facial recognition technology to identify an individual has increased in recent years--leading to growing concerns about how it impacts privacy, and how accurate it is. We discuss with GAO's Alicia Puente Cackley, a director in our Financial Markets and Community Investment team, who has a new report on facial recognition technology.
Aug 11, 2020
When Grandparents Become Caregivers for Children
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When grandparents become the primary caregivers for children, they can face financial and other challenges. GAO's Kathy Larin discusses in today’s Watchdog Report.
Aug 10, 2020
30 Years of Reforms to Financial Management under Chief Financial Officer Act
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It's been nearly 30 years since the enactment of the Chief Financial Officers Act, legislation that, at the time, was heralded as a comprehensive reform that would modernize the government's financial management leadership structure in order to better manage and safeguard taxpayer provided resources and manage government costs. So, did it work? We talked to GAO's Dawn Simpson, an expert on federal financial management and a director in our Financial Management and Assurance team about her recent review of the CFO Act.
Aug 06, 2020
HHS's Use of New Public-Private Partnerships to Develop Countermeasures for Diseases
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The coronavirus pandemic, as well as past infectious disease outbreaks, have raised concerns about our nation's vulnerability and capacity to respond to health threats. In 2016, Congress authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to form public-private partnerships with nonprofit entities in order to develop countermeasures--such as vaccines and tests--to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. We interviewed GAO's Mary Denigan-Macauley, a health care policy expert, to learn more.
Jul 29, 2020
Changes in Over-The-Counter Drug Regulations
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Over-the-counter drugs are made available to consumers without a prescription. Until recently, the FDA regulated most over-the-counter drugs using a process established almost 50 years ago (in the 1970s). Today we talk to GAO's John Dicken, a health policy expert, about new legislation that significantly changes this process.
Jul 29, 2020
Programs Designed to Help Workers Facing Economic Disruptions
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U.S. workers, companies, and communities have often needed to alter how they work or operate because of external forces, such as trade agreements and defense or energy policy changes. Perhaps no single shift has impacted workers and companies like the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes about a recent review of federal programs meant to help workers adjust to these disruptions.
Jul 29, 2020
Contact Tracing Technology in the COVID-19 Era
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Contact tracing may help reduce transmission rates for infectious diseases like COVID-19 by identifying and notifying people who may have been exposed. New technology, such as apps that can be downloaded to cellphones, could expedite contact tracing efforts. However, these apps also present challenges such as adoption rates and privacy concerns. We talk to GAO’s Karen Howard to learn more.
Jul 28, 2020
Artificial Intelligence: Watchdog Report Deep Dig Edition
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Artificial intelligence or AI will improve human life and economic competitiveness in countless ways over the next few years, but it also raises new questions about how this technology is used and managed. We met with GAO's Chief Scientist Tim Persons, and special guest, the former-Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent to discuss.
Jul 22, 2020
Funding for Areas With Persistent or High Poverty
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Research suggests that areas with high poverty rates also experience systematic problems such as higher levels of crime and school dropouts, as well as longer durations of poverty by their residents. What other characteristics do these communities have in common, and what steps is the federal government taking to help economic development in these areas? Today, we talked to Bill Shear, an expert in Community and Economic Development, about these issues.
Jul 16, 2020
Programs That Help Veterans Obtain Civilian Employment
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The federal government has made a commitment to help military servicemembers find employment, and offers a number of career assistance programs. However, a recent review by GAO found gaps in how agencies assess these programs to see if they are working. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes, an expert on employment training programs, about a new report on these programs.
Jul 09, 2020
5G Development and Deployment
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GAO’s Andrew Von Ah discusses the arrival of 5G technology--its promises to improve wireless speed and capacity, and concerns that it could increase the digital divide.
Jun 29, 2020
Rising Rents and COVID-19
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Dan Garcia-Diaz is with the Watchdog Report to discuss GAO's review of rental housing trends and the impact COVID-19 could have on rent prices.
Jun 26, 2020
Public Health Preparedness: Ensuring an Adequate Number of Trained Emergency Responders
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Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services deployed about 1,200 medical professionals to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. However, HHS has, at times, experienced shortages in the supply of these workers. We talk with Mary Denigan-Macauley, a health policy expert, about HHS's ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Jun 18, 2020
Calculating Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirement Benefits
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More than 60 million Americans receive retirement benefits from the federal government. This includes older Americans, who receive Social Security--as well as workers with disabilities, and their families. As life expectancy in the U.S. has increased, so have concerns about how these benefits are calculated and increased to include changes in cost of living. We talk to GAO's Charlie Jeszeck about how cost of living for retirement benefits is calculated.
Jun 16, 2020
COVID-19 Threatens 2020 Census with Delays, Added Costs
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The 2020 Census is well underway, but it faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Hear the latest from Chris Mihm, managing director of GAO's Strategic Issues Team, and Nick Marinos, a director in our Information Technology and Cybersecurity Team.
Jun 09, 2020
K-12 School Building Construction and Renovation Needs
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Jackie Nowicki is with the Watchdog Report to discuss GAO's review of K-12 school construction and renovation needs.
Jun 04, 2020
2020 DOD Weapons Programs Quick Look
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Every year, GAO provides an assessment of the Department of Defense's major acquisitions programs. Shelby Oakley talks about some new additions to this year's report.
Jun 03, 2020
Infection Control in Nursing Homes
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Because they’'e so close to each other, and often have underlying health issues, nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to the spread of diseases like COVID-19. John Dicken joins the Watchdog Report to discuss a GAO study of infection controls in the nation’s nursing homes prior to this current pandemic.
May 20, 2020
2020 Duplication and Cost Savings Report
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Jessica Lucas-Judy is with the Watchdog Report to talk about GAO's annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs.
May 19, 2020
Chemical Facilities Cybersecurity
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Nick Marinos and Nathan Anderson join the Watchdog Report to discuss a Department of Homeland Security program providing a set of cybersecurity standards for chemical facilities.
May 14, 2020
IRS Information Systems Security
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Vijay D'Souza is on this episode of the Watchdog Report to talk about deficiencies in the Internal Revenue Service’s information system security controls.
May 13, 2020
F-35 Annual Program Review
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Jon Ludwigson joins the Watchdog Report to discuss issues with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
May 12, 2020
USPS Sustainability
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Lori Rectanus is with the Watchdog Report to talk about the issues affecting the Postal Service’s business model.
May 07, 2020
Oversight of Cell-Cultured Meat
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Companies are working on bringing lab-grown meat to restaurants and groceries. So how will the government ensure this meat is safe? Steve Morris joins the podcast to talk about the federal government's oversight role.
May 07, 2020
FEMA's National Preparedness System and Disaster Workforce
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As federal efforts continue during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, Chris Currie joins the Watchdog Report to talk about FEMA's National Preparedness System and disaster workforce.
May 04, 2020
2020 NASA Major Projects Quick Look
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Cristina Chaplain is with the Watchdog Report to discuss GAO's annual look at the costs and schedules for NASA's major projects.
Apr 29, 2020
Arctic Maritime Shipping
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Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has been shrinking, and there's been more shipping in the Arctic since 2009. Andrew Von Ah joins the Watchdog Report to talk about the federal role in Arctic shipping.
Apr 29, 2020
Antibiotic Resistance
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The rising rate of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections poses a serious health threat to Americans. Tim Persons and Mary Denigan-Macauley join the Watchdog Report to talk about federal efforts to get a handle on 'superbugs.'
Apr 29, 2020
FraudNet and COVID-19 Federal Assistance
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GAO's Director of Investigations, Howard Arp, joins the Watchdog Report to talk about FraudNet. It's a GAO program for the public, government workers, and contractors to report allegations of improper activities in the federal government. And it can help ensure the proper use of funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Apr 14, 2020
DOD's Cyber Hygiene
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Cyber hygiene includes practices used to protect against some of the most common cybersecurity threats. Joe Kirschbaum is on the Watchdog Report to talk about the how the Department of Defense handles cyber hygiene.
Apr 13, 2020
Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Watchdog Report Deep Dig Edition
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In this Deep Dig edition of the Watchdog Report, GAO experts talk about why cybersecurity is crucial for the nation's critical infrastructure sectors; who's involved, what role the federal government plays, and what can be done to make these areas safer.
Apr 09, 2020
Oversight of Privatized Military Housing
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Elizabeth Field joins the Watchdog Report to talk about how the Department of Defense handles oversight of privately-owned and privately-managed military housing in the United States.
Mar 26, 2020
Navy Shipbuilding and Sustainability Costs: Watchdog Report Deep Dig Edition
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We talk about the rising costs for the Navy to maintain its fleet, and what can be done to bring those costs down.
Mar 24, 2020
Pandemic Preparedness: Watchdog Report Deep Dig Edition
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As the nation contends with the spread of a coronavirus, we sat down with GAO experts to talk about the government's preparation efforts for a pandemic.
Mar 16, 2020
America's Fiscal Health Update
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Susan Irving joins the Watchdog Report to talk about forecasting the nation's fiscal health for the next three decades.
Mar 12, 2020
Defense Logistics Agreements with Foreign Partners
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The Department of Defense has agreements with more than 100 partner nations to provide logistics support, supplies, and services for cash or in-kind reimbursement. Jason Bair joins the Watchdog Report to talk about these agreements, and the more than $1 billion in overdue reimbursements.
Mar 04, 2020
Federal Agencies' Estimates of FY 2019 Improper Payments
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Federal improper payments include scenarios where government agencies make payments to the wrong beneficiary, payments were made in the wrong amount, or payments were made when they shouldn’t have been at all. In Fiscal Year 2019, there were an estimated $175 billion dollars in improper payments. Berri Davis joins the Watchdog Report to fill us in.
Mar 02, 2020
Russian Nuclear Material Safety
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The United States and Russia worked together on securing weapons-usable nuclear material at Russian locations from 1993-2014. David Trimble talks about the security of Russian nuclear materials after that cooperation ended.
Feb 27, 2020
State Department Workforce Diversity
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We're talking about a GAO report on the diversity of State's workforce.
Feb 25, 2020
Veterans' Long-Term Care
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Hear about the challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs as the number of veterans eligible for long-term care grows.
Feb 19, 2020
National Biodefense Strategy
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We talk about the federal government's plan for handling biological threats.
Feb 19, 2020
Veterans' Long-Term Care
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Hear about the challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs as the number of veterans eligible for long-term care grows.
Feb 19, 2020
National Biodefense Strategy
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We talk about the federal government's plan for handling biological threats.
Feb 19, 2020
Security in Airport Public Areas
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GAO issued a report assessing how TSA is handling security in airports' public areas.
Feb 11, 2020
Security in Airport Public Areas
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GAO issued a report assessing how TSA is handling security in airports' public areas.
Feb 11, 2020
Election Security
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We're discussing DHS's efforts to ensuring the security of this year's elections.
Feb 06, 2020
Election Security
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We're discussing DHS's efforts to ensuring the security of this year's elections.
Feb 06, 2020
Artificial Intelligence in Health Care
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We discuss a GAO Technology Assessment exploring the future of AI in drug development.
Jan 22, 2020
Artificial Intelligence in Health Care
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We discuss a GAO Technology Assessment exploring the future of AI in drug development.
Jan 21, 2020
Imported Seafood Safety
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This episode explores FDA's role in ensuring the safety of our imported seafood.
Jan 03, 2020
Millennial Generation Economic Status
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This episode explores the economic status of Millennials compared to older generations.
Jan 03, 2020
Fake Caller ID Schemes
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This episode talks about the federal government's role combatting 'spoofing' phone scammers.
Jan 03, 2020
IRS's Online Services
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We're talking about how the IRS develops plans for new online services.
Jan 03, 2020
NASA Lunar Programs
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How is NASA handling a halving of their timeline to return humans to the moon?
Jan 03, 2020
Nutrition Assistance for Older Adults
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We discuss federal efforts to provide nutrition assistance for older Americans – a segment of the population that often requires different dietary needs than other segments.
Jan 02, 2020
Nutrition Assistance for Older Adults
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We discuss federal efforts to provide nutrition assistance for older Americans – a segment of the population that often requires different dietary needs than other segments.
Dec 23, 2019
IRS's Online Services
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We're talking about how the IRS develops plans for new online services.
Dec 19, 2019
NASA Lunar Programs
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How is NASA handling a halving of their timeline to return humans to the moon?
Dec 19, 2019
Fake Caller ID Schemes
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This episode talks about the federal government's role combatting 'spoofing' phone scammers.
Dec 18, 2019
Millennial Generation Economic Status
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This episode explores the economic status of Millenials compared to older generations.
Dec 18, 2019
Imported Seafood Safety
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This episode explores FDA's role in ensuring the safety of our imported seafood.
Dec 06, 2019
Electric Grid Cybersecurity
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In this episode, we talk about the cybersecurity risks to the nation's electric grid.
Nov 30, 2019
Alternatives to Animal Use in Research
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This episode looks at federal efforts to promote alternative research methods that don't use animals.
Nov 29, 2019
Offshore Oil and Gas Leases
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In this episode, we talk about how Department of Interior leases offshore oil and gas areas.
Nov 29, 2019
Protecting Veterans from Financial Exploitation
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What is being done to protect veterans from scams?
Nov 29, 2019
FEMA's Wildfire Response and Recovery
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We're talking about FEMA's response and recovery efforts for wildfires, and the unique challenges they present.
Nov 29, 2019
Childhood Obesity
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We cover government strategies for tackling childhood obesity
Nov 29, 2019
Hospice Providers Oversight
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More than 80 percent of families said that they were satisfied with the hospice that cared for their loved one, but we know that some hospices could do better.
Nov 29, 2019
Climate Change Strategies
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Hear about federal approaches to climate change and climate resilience.
Nov 29, 2019
Disaster Resilience Framework
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We're discussing GAO's Disaster Resilience Framework, a guide for mitigating the effects of future natural disasters.
Nov 29, 2019
Religious-Based Hate Crimes on College Campuses
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Religious-based hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses. We discuss what federal agencies are doing about it.
Nov 29, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture and Water Conservation
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As irrigation technologies and practices evolve, we talk about what it means for water usage.
Nov 29, 2019
Improving Naval Shipyards
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GAO reports on the ability of Navy shipyards to keep up with maintenance schedules.
Nov 29, 2019
Improving Naval Shipyards
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GAO reports on the ability of Navy shipyards to keep up with maintenance schedules.
Nov 25, 2019
Federal Oversight of Reverse Mortgages
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We're talking about reverse mortgages, an increase in defaults, and the Federal Housing Administration.
Nov 23, 2019
Climate Change Strategies
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Hear about federal approaches to climate change and climate resilience.
Nov 22, 2019
Watchdog Report: Deep Dig - The 2020 Census
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We're debuting a new edition of our podcasts called Watchdog Report: Deep Dig. We'll dig deeper into some of our bigger topics and issues. And you'll hear stories from the people behind GAO's work. The focus of this first episode…
Nov 21, 2019
Hospice Providers Oversight
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More than 80 percent of families said that they were satisfied with the hospice that cared for their loved one, but we know that some hospices could do better.
Nov 14, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture and Water Conservation
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As irrigation technologies and practices evolve, we talk about what it means for water usage.
Nov 12, 2019
Childhood Obesity
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We cover government strategies for tackling childhood obesity
Nov 12, 2019
Watchdog Report: Deep Dig - The 2020 Census
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We're debuting a new edition of our podcasts called Watchdog Report: Deep Dig. We'll dig deeper into some of our bigger topics and issues. And you'll hear stories from the people behind GAO's work. The focus of this first episode is the 2020 Census.
Nov 06, 2019
Religious-Based Hate Crimes on College Campuses
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Religious-based hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses. We discuss what federal agencies are doing about it.
Oct 28, 2019
Offshore Oil and Gas Leases
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In this episode, we talk about how Department of Interior leases offshore oil and gas areas.
Oct 24, 2019
Disaster Resilience Framework
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We're discussing GAO's Disaster Resilience Framework, a guide for mitigating the effects of future natural disasters.
Oct 23, 2019
FEMA's Wildfire Response and Recovery
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We're talking about FEMA's response and recovery efforts for wildfires, and the unique challenges they present.
Oct 09, 2019
Protecting Veterans from Financial Exploitation
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What is being done to protect veterans from scams?
Oct 03, 2019
International Podcast Day
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In honor of International Podcast Day, we're talking about one of our favorite subjects - the Watchdog Report podcast.
Sep 30, 2019
Electric Grid Cybersecurity
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In this episode, we talk about the cybersecurity risks to the nation's electric grid.
Sep 25, 2019
Federal Oversight of Reverse Mortgages
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We're talking about reverse mortgages, an increase in defaults, and the Federal Housing Administration.
Sep 25, 2019
Alternatives to Animal Use in Research
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This episode looks at federal efforts to promote alternative research methods that don't use animals.
Sep 24, 2019
Student Parents and Federal Student Aid
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We discuss the federal programs available for college students who are raising children.
Sep 12, 2019
Airport Terminal Area Safety
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We take a look at FAA's role in the safety of our nation's airport terminals.
Sep 10, 2019
State's Foreign Assistance Act Compliance
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The Department of State is responsible for reporting on their foreign funding allocations each year to Congress. But are they hitting their reporting deadline?
Sep 09, 2019
Food Date Labels
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If you've ever wondered what "Best Before" or "Enjoy By" meant on your food, this episode's for you.
Sep 09, 2019
Income and Wealth Disparities through Old Age
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Do income and wealth disparities continue through old age? If so, what effects can that have?
Sep 09, 2019
Medicare Plan Finder Website
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Hear what we found after reviewing a website designed to help Americans choose Medicare coverage.
Jul 30, 2019
Are Federal Agencies Following Information Security Law?
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We discuss a GAO report looking into the requirements federal agencies must follow to safeguard information.
Jul 26, 2019
Defending Against Cyber Attacks
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How prepared is the federal government for a cyber attack?
Jul 25, 2019
Protecting Nursing Home Residents From Abuse
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We look at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' role in protecting nursing home residents from abuse.
Jul 23, 2019
Reducing Food Waste
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Hear how federal agencies are tackling the issue of food waste.
Jun 21, 2019
Auctioning Off First Responders' Radio Waves
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The FCC is scheduled to hold an auction in 2021 for access to radio waves currently used by police and fire departments across the country. We discuss the effects this auction could have on the first responders whose communication systems rely on those waves.
Jun 21, 2019
Proving Your Identity on Federal Websites
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We talk about how federal agencies prove your identity when you use their online services, and what could be done to keep your information more secure.
Jun 14, 2019
The Financial Risks of Caring for Retired Family Members
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We explore the possible impact for those caring for related retirees in this podcast.
May 31, 2019
2019 NASA Major Projects Quick Look
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We're catching up on the status of NASA's largest projects.
May 30, 2019
2019 Duplication and Cost Savings Report
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It's time to take a look at what's new with GAO's yearly report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs.
May 21, 2019
2019 DOD Weapons Programs Quick Look
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We look at the Department of Defense's handling of their major weapons systems over the past year.
May 07, 2019
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Reliability and Modernization
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GAO looks at DOD's limited progress in improving F-35 Joint Strike Fighter reliability and maintainability, as well as plans for F-35 modernization.
Apr 29, 2019
Retirement Savings and Early Withdrawals
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GAO explores the options available to those looking to take money out of their retirement accounts early.
Apr 29, 2019
Talent Management Strategies for Federal Agencies to Better Meet Their Missions
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GAO takes a look at how agencies can address trends affecting the future of federal work and workers.
Apr 29, 2019
IRS and Private Debt Collection
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In this podcast we're talking about how the IRS uses private debt collection companies to collect on some tax debts.
Apr 29, 2019
Special Education
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In this podcast we discuss how some states use different guidelines to determine which students qualify for special education.
Apr 24, 2019
Tax Refund Products
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We discuss a GAO review of the tax-related products Americans purchase.
Apr 12, 2019
America's Fiscal Health Update
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This podcast covers updates on the fiscal condition and long-term fiscal health of the U.S. government.
Apr 10, 2019
Priority Recommendation Letters to DOD, HHS, and VA
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GAO sends letters to federal agencies with its priority recommendations to help combat waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement and achieve significant cost savings. This podcast covers the letters sent to the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Administration.
Apr 08, 2019
Columbia Class Submarines
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The Navy is scheduled to begin construction on the first Columbia class submarine in 2020. We take a look at how the Navy's handling cost estimates for the program in these early days.
Apr 08, 2019
Preparing for Robot Coworkers and AI
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This podcast talks about federal agencies' interest in tracking the effects of advanced technologies to the working population.
Apr 08, 2019
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Security Risks
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Data Breaches have affected hundreds of millions of Americans. GAO explores what we can do to better protect ourselves.
Apr 04, 2019
Phased Retirement Programs
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GAO examined phased retirement programs in other countries to see if it could inform policy makers here in the U.S.
Apr 01, 2019
Data Breaches
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Data Breaches have affected hundreds of millions of Americans. GAO explores what we can do to better protect ourselves.
Mar 27, 2019
IRS Staffing
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How are staffing shortages at IRS affecting its role as the nation's tax collector? We discuss in this edition of the Watchdog Report.
Mar 26, 2019
DNA Evidence Backlogs
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How does the government help state and local labs deal with growing requests for crime scene DNA analysis?
Mar 21, 2019
Changes to Coins Could Save Money
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GAO explores the possibilities if the U.S. Mint made changes to our coins.
Mar 21, 2019
Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery
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We look at FEMA's efforts as Puerto Rico continues to recover and rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
Mar 14, 2019
Automated Trucking and the Workforce
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We discuss how federal agencies are preparing for potential workforce changes coming from the future of automated trucking.
Mar 07, 2019
Fees, Fines, and Penalties
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We discuss how the government tracks the hundreds of billions of dollars it collects each year in fees, fines, and penalties.
Mar 07, 2019
2019 High Risk Update
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Hear what's changed with GAO's High Risk List since it was last updated in 2017.
Mar 06, 2019
VHA's Credential Reviews
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In this podcast we discuss how the Veterans Health Administration ensures their medical staff have the proper qualifications as they treat nearly 9 million veterans.
Feb 28, 2019
Gig Economy Workforce
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics took a survey of non-traditional workers in 2017 -- more than a decade after their previous survey. We look at how they’ve responded to changes in the gig economy.
Feb 28, 2019
Weapon System Software Sustainment
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What happens when the software in DOD's weapons systems needs to be updated or maintained? Hear about it in this podcast.
Feb 25, 2019
Banks and Regulatory Capture
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How can federal regulators reduce the risk of benefitting the banking industry at the expense of the public interest?
Feb 25, 2019
Advance Care Planning
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GAO reports on challenges Americans may face when planning for medical care late in life.
Feb 21, 2019
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
Protecting the Electric Grid
GAO reports on the risk to our electric grid from geomagnetic disturbances coming from outer space.
Dec 19, 2018
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
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