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A Covid-19 rapid antigen test kit (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just wrapped up its 100th year in existence. The federal government watchdog continues to transform management efforts, analyze federal spending and support the country in times of crisis.

  • Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of GAO, said he thinks the U.S. needed a stronger national Covid-19 testing strategy, stating, “you can see some of the limitations we’re having now in the testing area with the Omicron variant.” He said GAO made a recommendation about this in Jan. 2021 and is currently working with the administration on the issue.
  • Dodaro said the U.S. should have acted faster after vaccine development and that GAO made recommendations in Sep. 2020 to develop a vaccine communication and distribution plan.
  • GAO has issued regular reports about the impact of federal Covid-19 spending on public health and the economy, has provided monthly briefings to Congress and has made over 200 recommendations for agencies and eight government-wide reports, according to Dodaro.
  • He said over 75% of GAO’s recommendations get implemented regularly by departments, agencies and Congress and that GAO reaches out to leaders and works with Congress in cases of noncompliance.
  • Dodaro said he thinks the U.S. should transform and modernize its unemployment insurance program and that GAO is looking into this now.

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