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Development of brain-controlled technology

Karen Howard, director of science, technology assessment and analytics at the Government Accountability Office, discusses the applications for brain-computer interfaces along with ethical and security concerns


Workforce development necessary to strengthen semiconductor supply chain, experts say

Earlier this year, the White House said a semiconductor shortage could cause historic damage to the United States, undercut technological competitiveness and give adversaries a military advantage. Since then, the $52 billion CHIPS Act passed to ramp up semiconductor production in the U.S. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a preliminary report on the […]


ICE agrees to implement GAO’s recommendations for Alternatives to Detention program

Every year, tens of thousands of undocumented migrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody are moved into a monitoring program called Alternatives to Detention (ATD). But a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommends better oversight and monitoring. ICE has concurred with all 10 recommendations and identified actions it plans to take in response, […]


Defense Department actively working to meet CUI cybersecurity requirements

Defense Department (DoD) computer systems contain vast amounts of sensitive data, and the unclassified information can still be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied how well-protected those Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) systems are. Jennifer Franks, director of information technology and cybersecurity at GAO, said the DoD has not reached 100% compliance […]


GAO report raises questions about government use of counter-drone technology

As drones become more common, so do the problems associated with them, such as interference near airports, security concerns around crowds and illegal use. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report about counter-drone activities. Brian Bothwell, director on the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Team at GAO, said his team’s report poses the questions […]


GAO uses data insights to understand budget and policy implications of long Covid

Long Covid is characterized by new, returning or ongoing health problems at least four weeks after an initial infection. Studies estimate that up to 23 million people in the United States – one out of 14 Americans – have developed long Covid. Tim Persons, chief scientist for the Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics Team at […]


Department of Transportation can do more to ensure climate resilience, GAO reports

This past year may be one of the most costly years for extreme weather events attributed to climate change. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is looking at how the government is approaching climate resilience – the plans and preparations for climate hazards. Alfredo Gomez, GAO director of natural resources and environment issues, said his team […]


Comptroller General says United States needed stronger national Covid-19 testing strategy

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 […]

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