We’ve been busy podcasting! If you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you may be missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: The Department of Defense could ultimately end up spending more than $1 trillion to purchase, operate, and support its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters over their lifetimes. Although DOD wants to continue investing to develop new F-35 capabilities—such as advanced software upgrades—it hasn’t yet completed development of the baseline aircraft. Listen to Mike Sullivan, a director in our Acquisition and Sourcing Management team, discuss his team’s latest annual review of the F-35 program: Comprehensive Reform of Flood Insurance: The National Flood Insurance Program was intended to reduce the rising costs of federal disaster assistance for flood damage, and keep insurance affordable for property owners. Given that the program was $24.6 billion in debt as of March 2017, comprehensive reform is needed. A team led by Alicia Puente Cackley, a director in our Financial Markets and Community Investment team, recently discussed her team’s latest report on flood insurance: Subterranean, Aerial, and Maritime Border Smuggling: Criminal organizations may smuggle drugs or people into the U.S. via tunnels, aircraft, or boats. Between 2011 and 2016, the Department of Homeland Security identified 309 smuggling incident by boat, over 500 by plane, and discovered 67 cross-border tunnels. Listen to Rebecca Gambler, a director in our Homeland Security and Justice team, talk about her team’s report on what DHS is doing to combat such smuggling:
(Excerpted from GAO-17-474)
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