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Many workers experience sexual harassment in their workplace. However, the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment in the United States--as well as the costs to the employee and their employer--are not fully understood. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes, an expert on employment and equal opportunity issues, and the Managing Director of our Education,…
 
Schools collect and store a range of information about students, including data on their grades and test scores, addresses and phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and even medical information. Disclosing this information could be harmful to students physically, emotionally, and impact their long-term financial health. We talk with GAO's Jackie …
 
COVID-19 has proven highly disruptive to students and schools this year. But many communities face added disruptions caused by natural disasters--such as hurricanes and wildfires--which can cut electricity and internet access to communities, as well as render school facilities unusable for extended periods of time. We talk with GAO's Jackie Nowicki…
 
Airplanes are equipped with systems that provide information about the weather, flight location, communications, and more. While these systems are critical to flight safety, they also present opportunities for cyberattacks on commercial airplanes. We talk with GAO experts Heather Krause and Nick Marinos about a new report on the cybersecurity issue…
 
Exposing children to lead--in contaminated water, for example--can lead to long-term health problems like anemia, kidney and brain damage, as well as learning disabilities and decreased growth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), child care facilities may be at risk for elevated levels of lead in their drinking water because the…
 
Heavy hurricanes seasons in 2017 and 2018, along with devastating wildfires in California, affected more than 47 million people in the United States--about 15 percent of the national population. In response to disaster events like these, the Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide financial assistance for home repairs, child care and transp…
 
Facilities that produce, use, or store hazardous chemicals can be dangerous to the communities where they are found, and could become targets of terrorists looking to inflict mass casualties and damage. In the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of these facilities, which include public water systems and wastewater treatment works. What …
 
The VA has taken steps to improve access to quality, timely health care. But veterans still report challenges in accessing this care. We talk with GAO's Debra Draper and Sharon Silas, two experts on veterans' health care issues, to find out more.Government Accountability Office による
 
Introduced in 1979, the W78 nuclear warhead is the oldest weapon in the U.S. nuclear stockpile that has not undergone a major update or replacement. Replacing this warhead could end up being the most expensive warhead replacement effort since the end of the Cold War, and could have broader implications on the Air Force and on warhead programs. We t…
 
Increasingly-sophisticated cyberthreats have underscored the need to strengthen the federal government's role in protecting critical infrastructure. These threats pose serious challenges to our economy, as well as our national security and your personal privacy. So, what is the federal government doing to prepare and protect against these threats? …
 
In response to COVID-19, Congress and federal agencies have taken unprecedented steps to direct funding and federal assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities. However, despite these efforts, the nation continues to face significant loss of life and profound economic disruptions. We've been monitoring and reviewing the federal response …
 
Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to assist farmers directly affected by trade disruptions and tariffs. These disruptions affected a variety of agricultural products, such as soy and pork. Since announcing its plans, USDA has distributed about 14.5 billion dollars in payments to farmers under the 2019 Market Facilita…
 
The Veterans Health Administration manages medical centers that provide millions of veterans with necessary care like mental health services, critical care, and physical therapy. VA police are staffed to these facilities, and are responsible for protecting patients, staff, visitors, and property. However, there have been complaints about the VA pol…
 
These days, many people are worried about air travel, and whether it is safe in the time of COVID-19. But even before the pandemic, GAO was looking at the cleanliness of airplanes and sanitation practices in galleys and bathrooms. We talk to GAO's Steve Morris about his recent review of FDA's role in inspecting sanitation in airplane-galleys and la…
 
Leveraging independent research and development projects conducted by the defense industry in high-tech areas, like cybersecurity and biotechnology, can help the U.S. military maintain battlefield superiority. While the amount and the focus of investments is up to those contractors, the Department of Defense reimburses them to the tune of about $4 …
 
Before you throw out your old smartphone, you might want to consider the benefits of recycling it. Consumer electronics like your old smartphone, contain critical materials such as gold, platinum, and rare earth metals that are both limited in supply and valuable. We talked to GAO's Karen Howard--a director in our Science, Technology Assessment, an…
 
Air travel in the U.S. is one of the safest in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration--or FAA--helps ensure that safety by enforcing standards for air carriers, pilots, airports, and other parts of the aviation system. However, recent events have raised questions about the effectiveness of FAA's enforcement efforts. We talked with GAO's Hea…
 
The use of facial recognition technology to identify an individual has increased in recent years--leading to growing concerns about how it impacts privacy, and how accurate it is. We discuss with GAO's Alicia Puente Cackley, a director in our Financial Markets and Community Investment team, who has a new report on facial recognition technology.…
 
It's been nearly 30 years since the enactment of the Chief Financial Officers Act, legislation that, at the time, was heralded as a comprehensive reform that would modernize the government's financial management leadership structure in order to better manage and safeguard taxpayer provided resources and manage government costs. So, did it work? We …
 
The coronavirus pandemic, as well as past infectious disease outbreaks, have raised concerns about our nation's vulnerability and capacity to respond to health threats. In 2016, Congress authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to form public-private partnerships with nonprofit entities in order to develop countermeasures--such …
 
Over-the-counter drugs are made available to consumers without a prescription. Until recently, the FDA regulated most over-the-counter drugs using a process established almost 50 years ago (in the 1970s). Today we talk to GAO's John Dicken, a health policy expert, about new legislation that significantly changes this process.…
 
U.S. workers, companies, and communities have often needed to alter how they work or operate because of external forces, such as trade agreements and defense or energy policy changes. Perhaps no single shift has impacted workers and companies like the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes about a recent revie…
 
Contact tracing may help reduce transmission rates for infectious diseases like COVID-19 by identifying and notifying people who may have been exposed. New technology, such as apps that can be downloaded to cellphones, could expedite contact tracing efforts. However, these apps also present challenges such as adoption rates and privacy concerns. We…
 
Artificial intelligence or AI will improve human life and economic competitiveness in countless ways over the next few years, but it also raises new questions about how this technology is used and managed. We met with GAO's Chief Scientist Tim Persons, and special guest, the former-Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent to discuss.…
 
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