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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.

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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English


Episodes

Submarine Fleet Maintenance Delays

11/19/2018
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The Navy relies on its 51 attack submarines to round out its national defense capabilities. GAO reports on maintenance delays affecting those subs.

Duration:00:06:08

Agent Orange

11/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:08:19

Illegal Marijuana Eradication Efforts

11/14/2018
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This podcast covers DEA efforts to help state and local agencies tackle illegal marijuana crops.

Duration:00:05:08

Afghanistan Security Equipment

10/15/2018
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The United States has spent nearly $84 billion on Afghan security since 2002. But are we providing the right equipment to Afghan forces?

Duration:00:05:47

Air Force Readiness

10/10/2018
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This podcast explores how the Air Force is handling ageing equipment, missed training requirements, and a shortage of fighter pilots.

Duration:00:07:18

Weapons Systems Cybersecurity

10/9/2018
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As Department of Defense weapon systems become more reliant on digital networking, how do they plan for cyber threats?

Duration:00:06:03

Rural Hospital Closures

9/28/2018
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In this podcast, we discuss what trends GAO found in rural hospital closures.

Duration:00:04:49

DOD's Management of Biosafety and Biosecurity Program

9/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:05:54

Federal Acquisitions Update

9/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:05:19

Central American Police Training

9/5/2018
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Central American Police Training: State and USAID Should Ensure Human Rights Content is Included as Appropriate, and State Should Improve Data.

Duration:00:05:29

Reported Injuries to U.S. Personnel in Cuba

9/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:29

CMS Medicaid Oversight

9/5/2018
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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?

Duration:00:04:33

VA's Reusable Medical Equipment

9/4/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:40

Youth Substance Use

9/4/2018
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As the federal government funds prevention, treatment, and recovery services for illicit substance abuse, how much attention is paid to adolescents and young adults?

Duration:00:05:36

2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

9/4/2018
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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.

Duration:00:05:14

Gender-Related Price Differences

8/23/2018
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Ever wonder if some items, like shaving materials or deodorants, cost different for men and women? Well, GAO investigated. Listen to what we found.

Duration:00:05:29

Southwest Border Security

8/6/2018
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Customs and Border Protection, under Homeland Security, is planning to construct barriers along our southwest border. We discuss their efforts in this podcast.

Duration:00:04:43

IRS Taxpayer Authentication Efforts

7/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:04:52

Criminal Alien Statistics

7/17/2018
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GAO has updated its March 2011 report on criminal alien statistics in a new report. Take a listen to hear what’s changed since then.

Duration:00:04:46

Lead Testing in School Water

7/17/2018
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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?

Duration:00:05:50