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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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Government Accountability Office overseeing ‘unprecedented’ use of Defense Production Act during Covid-19

Under the Defense Production Act (DPA), federal agencies can require companies to prioritize government contracts during a national emergency like the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there have been some challenges in using that authority, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. William Russell, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at GAO, said agencies have […]

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FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program unsustainable in current form, GAO reports

FEMA has a National Flood Insurance Program that requires certain homeowners and businesses in high-risk zones to purchase insurance for flooding. As the amount of flooding continues to increase, the areas for those maps should incorporate climate change to fully capture flood risks, according to Alicia Puente Cackley, director of financial markets and community investment […]

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More work needed in face of rising military service member suicide rates, GAO reports

Suicide has increased significantly over the last six years for American military service members and veterans. The number reached 28.7 per 100,000 service members in 2020. The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are boosting their efforts to help prevent suicide and reduce rates among those groups. Alyssa Hundrup, director for health care at the […]

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Government has made ‘incredible progress’ in transparency of spending data, GAO determines

USAspending.gov is a public website promoting federal spending transparency, but the data behind that transparency is limited. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has made recommendations to enhance data quality and processes on the site. Michelle Sager, managing director of strategic issues at GAO, said agencies have made “incredible progress” in the past few years but […]

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Defense Department has successfully adapted to continuing resolutions, Government Accountability Office finds

The Defense Department (DoD) has operated under a continuing resolution (CR) for 11 out of the last 12 fiscal years, freezing spending at the previous year’s level. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the impact that operating under a CR has on DoD. Operating under a CR is not ideal or particularly efficient, but DoD […]

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Government Accountability Office provides recommendations to improve adoption and fostering process for military families

Out of 1.3 million active duty service members, over 2,000 families foster or adopt children. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says military families are not aware of benefits they can receive from the Defense Department’s enrollment program. Kathy Larin, director of education, workforce and income security at GAO, said her office recommends the Defense […]

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