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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.

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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.

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Fascinating, Money-saving, Info you can use, A Must Listen!

By GrifKat - Jan 08 2020
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GAO is possibly the most important agency in the federal government; it looks for government waste, and evaluates whether We The People are receiving value for our tax dollars. Every episode is brief but chock-full of useful facts and information.

Whole of government approach

By cmcbrooks312 - Nov 22 2019
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You hear this term, yet it’s pretty abstract. These short GAO podcasts provide a good inside view of what GAO is recommending. It’s up to us taxpayers to clamour for more action to respond to their recommendations.

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
5
3
0
1

Fascinating, Money-saving, Info you can use, A Must Listen!

By GrifKat - Jan 08 2020
Read more
GAO is possibly the most important agency in the federal government; it looks for government waste, and evaluates whether We The People are receiving value for our tax dollars. Every episode is brief but chock-full of useful facts and information.

Whole of government approach

By cmcbrooks312 - Nov 22 2019
Read more
You hear this term, yet it’s pretty abstract. These short GAO podcasts provide a good inside view of what GAO is recommending. It’s up to us taxpayers to clamour for more action to respond to their recommendations.
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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Podcast: Watchdog Report

Latest release on Jul 29, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: FEMA's National Preparedness System and Disaster Workforce

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As federal efforts continue during the COVID-19 pandemic
emergency, Chris Currie joins the Watchdog Report to talk about FEMA's National Preparedness System and disaster workforce.

May 04 2020

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Rank #2: USPS Sustainability

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Lori Rectanus is with the Watchdog Report to talk about the
issues affecting the Postal Service’s business model.

May 07 2020

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HHS's Use of New Public-Private Partnerships to Develop Countermeasures for Diseases

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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 as vaccines and tests--to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. We interviewed GAO's Mary Denigan-Macauley, a health care policy expert, to learn more.

Jul 29 2020

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Programs Designed to Help Workers Facing Economic Disruptions

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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 review of federal programs meant to help workers adjust to these disruptions.

Jul 29 2020

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Changes in Over-The-Counter Drug Regulations

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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.

Jul 29 2020

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Contact Tracing Technology in the COVID-19 Era

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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 talk to GAO’s Karen Howard to learn more.

Jul 28 2020

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Artificial Intelligence: Watchdog Report Deep Dig Edition

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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.

Jul 22 2020

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Funding for Areas With Persistent or High Poverty

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Research suggests that areas with high poverty rates also experience systematic problems such as higher levels of crime and school dropouts, as well as longer durations of poverty by their residents. What other characteristics do these communities have in common, and what steps is the federal government taking to help economic development in these areas? Today, we talked to Bill Shear, an expert in Community and Economic Development, about these issues.

Jul 16 2020

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Programs That Help Veterans Obtain Civilian Employment

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The federal government has made a commitment to help military servicemembers find employment, and offers a number of career assistance programs. However, a recent review by GAO found gaps in how agencies assess these programs to see if they are working. We talk to Cindy Brown Barnes, an expert on employment training programs, about a new report on these programs.

Jul 09 2020

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5G Development and Deployment

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GAO’s Andrew Von Ah discusses the arrival of 5G technology--its promises to improve wireless speed and capacity, and concerns that it could increase the digital divide.

Jun 29 2020

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Rising Rents and COVID-19

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Dan Garcia-Diaz is with the Watchdog Report to discuss GAO's review of rental housing trends and the impact COVID-19 could have on rent prices.

Jun 26 2020

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Public Health Preparedness: Ensuring an Adequate Number of Trained Emergency Responders

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Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services deployed about 1,200 medical professionals to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. However, HHS has, at times, experienced shortages in the supply of these workers. We talk with Mary Denigan-Macauley, a health policy expert, about HHS's ability to respond to public health emergencies.

Jun 18 2020

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Calculating Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirement Benefits

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More than 60 million Americans receive retirement benefits from the federal government. This includes older Americans, who receive Social Security--as well as workers with disabilities, and their families. As life expectancy in the U.S. has increased, so have concerns about how these benefits are calculated and increased to include changes in cost of living. We talk to GAO's Charlie Jeszeck about how cost of living for retirement benefits is calculated.

Jun 16 2020

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COVID-19 Threatens 2020 Census with Delays, Added Costs

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The 2020 Census is well underway, but it faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Hear the latest from Chris Mihm, managing director of GAO's Strategic Issues Team, and Nick Marinos, a director in our Information Technology and Cybersecurity Team.

Jun 09 2020

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K-12 School Building Construction and Renovation Needs

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Jackie Nowicki is with the Watchdog Report to discuss GAO's review of K-12 school construction and renovation needs.

Jun 04 2020

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2020 DOD Weapons Programs Quick Look

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Every year, GAO provides an assessment of the Department of Defense's major acquisitions programs. Shelby Oakley talks about some new additions to this year's report.

Jun 03 2020

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Infection Control in Nursing Homes

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Because they’'e so close to each other, and often have underlying health issues, nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to the spread of diseases like COVID-19. John Dicken joins the Watchdog Report to discuss a GAO study of infection controls in the nation’s nursing homes prior to this current pandemic.

May 20 2020

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2020 Duplication and Cost Savings Report

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Jessica Lucas-Judy is with the Watchdog Report to talk about GAO's annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs.

May 19 2020

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Chemical Facilities Cybersecurity

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Nick Marinos and Nathan Anderson join the Watchdog Report to discuss a Department of Homeland Security program providing a set of cybersecurity standards for chemical facilities.

May 14 2020

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IRS Information Systems Security

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Vijay D'Souza is on this episode of the Watchdog Report to
talk about deficiencies in the Internal Revenue Service’s information
system security controls.

May 13 2020

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F-35 Annual Program Review

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Jon Ludwigson joins the Watchdog Report to discuss issues with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

May 12 2020

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USPS Sustainability

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Lori Rectanus is with the Watchdog Report to talk about the
issues affecting the Postal Service’s business model.

May 07 2020

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iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
5
3
0
1

Fascinating, Money-saving, Info you can use, A Must Listen!

By GrifKat - Jan 08 2020
Read more
GAO is possibly the most important agency in the federal government; it looks for government waste, and evaluates whether We The People are receiving value for our tax dollars. Every episode is brief but chock-full of useful facts and information.

Whole of government approach

By cmcbrooks312 - Nov 22 2019
Read more
You hear this term, yet it’s pretty abstract. These short GAO podcasts provide a good inside view of what GAO is recommending. It’s up to us taxpayers to clamour for more action to respond to their recommendations.