Government Accountability Office (GAO) Podcast: Watchdog Report

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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
Information Systems Security and Intrusion Protection
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This podcast covers DEA efforts to help state and local agencies tackle illegal marijuana crops.
Nov 14, 2018
Afghanistan Security Equipment
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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
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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
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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
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In this podcast, we discuss what trends GAO found in rural hospital closures.
Sep 28, 2018
DOD's Management of Biosafety and Biosecurity Program
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Lead Testing in School Water
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As awareness about lead in water systems has grown, so too has concern over lead exposure in our schools. We explore the federal government's role when it comes to testing schools' water systems for lead. Is there room for improvement?
Jul 17, 2018
Criminal Alien Statistics
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GAO has updated its March 2011 report on criminal alien statistics in a new report. Take a listen to hear what’s changed since then.
Jul 17, 2018
Yellow Book Updates
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GAO's 'how-to' book for auditing is known as the Yellow Book. Hear what it is, who it's for, and what's changed with new revisions.
Jul 17, 2018
DOD's CFIUS Role
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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is an inter-agency group that reviews certain business deals to see what effect they may have on national security. GAO reported on the challenges the DoD faces as a CFIUS member.
Jul 10, 2018