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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 Privatized Military Housing
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We're talking about a GAO report on the diversity of State's workforce.
Feb 25, 2020
Veterans' Long-Term Care
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
We talk about the federal government's plan for handling biological threats.
Feb 19, 2020
Security in Airport Public Areas
GAO issued a report assessing how TSA is handling security in airports' public areas.
Feb 11, 2020
Election Security
We're discussing DHS's efforts to ensuring the security of this year's elections.
Feb 06, 2020
Artificial Intelligence in Health Care
We discuss a GAO Technology Assessment exploring the future of AI in drug development.
Jan 21, 2020
Nutrition Assistance for Older Adults
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
We're talking about how the IRS develops plans for new online services.
Dec 19, 2019
NASA Lunar Programs
How is NASA handling a halving of their timeline to return humans to the moon?
Dec 19, 2019
Fake Caller ID Schemes
This episode talks about the federal government's role combatting 'spoofing' phone scammers.
Dec 18, 2019
Millennial Generation Economic Status
This episode explores the economic status of Millennials compared to older generations.
Dec 18, 2019
Imported Seafood Safety
This episode explores FDA's role in ensuring the safety of our imported seafood.
Dec 06, 2019
Improving Naval Shipyards
GAO reports on the ability of Navy shipyards to keep up with maintenance schedules.
Nov 25, 2019
Climate Change Strategies
Hear about federal approaches to climate change and climate resilience.
Nov 22, 2019
Hospice Providers Oversight
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
Childhood Obesity
We cover government strategies for tackling childhood obesity
Nov 12, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture and Water Conservation
As irrigation technologies and practices evolve, we talk about what it means for water usage.
Nov 12, 2019
Watchdog Report: Deep Dig - The 2020 Census
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