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Best Government Accountability Office podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best Government Accountability Office podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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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.…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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.By Government Accountability Office
 
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.…
 
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