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.
||CleanProtecting Students' Information When Applying for Federal Student Aid||The Education Department and schools gather personal information on the millions of students receiving aid each year. How well is that information protected?||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiversity in the Technology Sector||Tech companies are a major source of high-paying U.S. jobs. But do minorities have an equal chance at these opportunities? We looked at the numbers that tell part of the story.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreventing Tax Refund Fraud||The IRS estimates that would-be thieves used false identities to try to steal $14.5 billion in tax refunds in 2015. Whatâs being done to thwart them?||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnsuring Quality Medical Care from VA Providers||Nearly 40,000 physicians and dentists have privileges to independently perform specific services in the Department of Veterans Affairsâ 170 medical centers. What does the VA do to ensure that all these health care professionals are providing safe, high-quality care to veterans?||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSunscreen Innovation||Some of the sunscreens Europeans have been applying for years canât be found in the U.S. So, whereâs the rub? We took a look at the Sunscreen Innovation Act.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChild Well-Being||While many factors influence a child's well-being, some like poverty can have long-term consequences. We discuss the current state of child well-being in the United States.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrescription Opioids||In 2016, over 14 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries received opioid prescriptions. We looked at how the federal government monitors opioids prescribed through this program.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLow-Wage Workforce||U.S. unemployment has hit a 16-year low, and much of this decline is due to the rise of low-wage occupations. So what exactly is classified as a low-wage job?||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNASA Human Space Exploration||The Space Race may be over, but NASA's work is never done. The agency is currently working on integrating three human spaceflight programs for a test flight in 2019. We discuss some of the challenges ahead for this space exploration.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImported Seafood Safety||Most of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad and much of it is farm-raised. How could FDA and USDA better protect consumers from potential health risk associated with eating imported seafood?||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunicating VA Medical Center Quality to Veterans||The Department of Veterans Affairs reports on the health care quality of both VA and non-VA medical centers on two websites. We looked at how useful and easily accessible veterans find this information when determining where to access care.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFederal Information Security Weaknesses||Federal agency information systems collect and hold a massive amount of data, from tax records to contract paperwork to classified information. So what policies and practices are government agencies using to keep the information it collects secure?||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRapid Simultaneous Diagnosis of Multiple Human Infectious Diseases||Recent advances in science and technology are making it possible to simultaneously test for multiple infections at the same time. We talk about the potential benefits to patients and challenges with bringing this technology to a doctor's office near you.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKey Issues Facing Diplomatic Security||Thousands of U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families live in an overseas environment with a host of security threats and challenges. So how prepared is the Department of State to protect personnel and diplomatic facilities?||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReforming Defense Contractor Services||In fiscal year 2016, the Department of Defense spent $150 billion on service contracts. How do these services support DOD's mission? How does DOD manage these contracts?||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanU.S. Energy Gas Pipeline Safety||The U.S. energy pipeline network is composed of over 2.7 million miles of pipelines transporting gas and hazardous liquids. What are these pipelines made of and how are they maintained?||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanU.S. Postal Service's Monopolies||The U.S. Postal Service has monopolies on delivering letters and accessing mailboxes, which were designed to protect its revenues and help it provide universal service. However, its net losses reached $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2016--and have topped $62 billion over the past decade. We looked at potential changes that could help the Postal Service fulfill its mission.||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Investigation into DOD's Transfers of Excess Equipment||The Department of Defense has a program that transfers some of its excess equipment--such as night vision goggles and simulated rifles--to law enforcement agencies. Transfer of this equipment is supposed to be tightly controlled, because many of these items are weapons or could easily be converted into weapons. But could a fictitious federal agency gain access to the program and obtain these controlled items?||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Bite: Key Challenges Combating ISIS||Combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, best known as ISIS, is a U.S. national security priority. This fight requires vast military, humanitarian, and cybersecurity resources, among other things. We'll talk about some key issues around the U.S. strategy for countering ISIS in this longer form podcast.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVA Processing of Gulf War Illness Claims||VA estimates that 44 percent of veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91 have Gulf War Illness--and soldiers that have since been deployed to Southwest Asia may suffer from similar medical issues. So, how is the VA dealing with vets who submit claims for Gulf War Illness?||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonitoring VA's Clinical Productivity and Efficiency||The Department of Veterans Affairs has faced challenges managing its budget and ensuring that veterans have access to health care. So, how can the VA accurately measure whether it's providing quality health care?||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMemory Supplements||Memory Supplements are a growing market - sales nearly doubled to $643 million in 2015 from 2006. So, how are these products marketed? And do their marketing practices violate federal laws?||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Bite: Department of Defense Key Mission Challenges||The United States faces a complex national security environment. How has over a decade of warfare impacted our military's readiness to face new and evolving threats? We take a look at this and a host of other challenges facing the Department of Defense in this longer-form podcast.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNational Weather Service Hiring Backlog||Most of the National Weather Service's operations offices are open 24 hours a day, every day, to issue weather forecasts and warnings. But how are their staff vacancies--which are growing--affecting their ability to provide this lifesaving information?||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChallenges Responding to Zika Outbreaks||Zika virus infections during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, as well as a nervous system disease in adults called Guillain-BarrÃ© syndrome. So, what lessons has the government learned about responding effectively to an outbreak?||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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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.
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