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.
||CleanSubmarine Fleet Maintenance Delays||The Navy relies on its 51 attack submarines to round out its national defense capabilities. GAO reports on maintenance delays affecting those subs.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAgent Orange||It's been nearly 50 years since the military deployed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. GAO reports on how government agencies today deal with information on where the tactical herbicide was used.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIllegal Marijuana Eradication Efforts||This podcast covers DEA efforts to help state and local agencies tackle illegal marijuana crops.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfghanistan Security Equipment||The United States has spent nearly $84 billion on Afghan security since 2002. But are we providing the right equipment to Afghan forces?||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAir Force Readiness||This podcast explores how the Air Force is handling ageing equipment, missed training requirements, and a shortage of fighter pilots.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeapons Systems Cybersecurity||As Department of Defense weapon systems become more reliant on digital networking, how do they plan for cyber threats?||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRural Hospital Closures||In this podcast, we discuss what trends GAO found in rural hospital closures.||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDOD's Management of Biosafety and Biosecurity Program||Three years ago the Department of Defense mistakenly made hundreds of shipments of anthrax-causing bacterium. This episode of the Watchdog Report looks at how DOD has responded to this incident.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFederal Acquisitions Update||In 2007, a congressional advisory panel identified ways the government could buy goods and services more effectively and save money in the process. Hear what GAO found when it reviewed how federal agencies have handled acquisitions since then.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCentral American Police Training||Central American Police Training: State and USAID Should Ensure Human Rights Content is Included as Appropriate, and State Should Improve Data.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReported Injuries to U.S. Personnel in Cuba||Hear about a GAO report on Department of State's response to a series of incidents in Cuba which left some U.S. diplomats and their families experiencing injuries including hearing loss and brain damage.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCMS Medicaid Oversight||In the past four years, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has saved more than $5 billion of Medicaid funding by finding errors in states' spending reports. Could they be doing more?||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVA's Reusable Medical Equipment||The Veterans Health Administration, like most health care systems, reuses some medical equipment. But if not prepared properly, this equipment could endanger other patients. And the VHA has more than 9 million patients. Check out this podcast to hear how the VHA is doing.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYouth Substance Use||As the federal government funds prevention, treatment, and recovery services for illicit substance abuse, how much attention is paid to adolescents and young adults?||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires||A GAO report revisited last year's devastating natural disasters to see how federal and state or territorial agencies prepared for and responded to the hurricanes and wildfires.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGender-Related Price Differences||Ever wonder if some items, like shaving materials or deodorants, cost different for men and women? Well, GAO investigated. Listen to what we found.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouthwest Border Security||Customs and Border Protection, under Homeland Security, is planning to construct barriers along our southwest border. We discuss their efforts in this podcast.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIRS Taxpayer Authentication Efforts||In the wake of well-publicized, large-scale data breaches, hacks, and cyberattacks affecting private and government organizations alike, we discuss what the IRS is doing to ensure they can authenticate taxpayers' identities and stay current in a changing cyber environment.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLead Testing in School Water||As awareness about lead in water systems has grown, so too has concern over lead exposure in our schools. We explore the federal government's role when it comes to testing schools' water systems for lead. Is there room for improvement?||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCriminal Alien Statistics||GAO has updated its March 2011 report on criminal alien statistics in a new report. Take a listen to hear whatâs changed since then.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYellow Book Updates||GAO's 'how-to' book for auditing is known as the Yellow Book. Hear what it is, who it's for, and what's changed with new revisions.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDOD's CFIUS Role||The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is an inter-agency group that reviews certain business deals to see what effect they may have on national security. GAO reported on the challenges the DoD faces as a CFIUS member.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer Meals Programs||What role does the USDA play in providing meals to children in low-income families during the summer break? Is there room for improvement?||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIRS IT Risks||Information technology plays a pivotal role as the IRS processes the nation's taxes. In this podcast, GAO takes a look at how the IRS is handling IT risks and investments.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica's Fiscal Health||America's Fiscal Health||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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Informative, consice, and interesting
Great peek into the checks and balances the governement is trying to employ. I feel bad for the GAO though, 'cause every episode seems to be, "We told they were doing this, this, and this wrong, and they still haven't fixed it."
Well produced, and totally worth subscribing to.
Excellent Resource on GAO
This podcast is an excellent resource on government operations and the impact on taxpayers and consumers. Each podcast gets to the bottom line of GAO reports.