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We surveyed people whose email addresses were attached to public comments on proposed rules from 10 federal agencies. From 5% to 30% of the people (depending on the agency) said they did not make the comment. At 8 agencies, most of the comments did not have email addresses.
The National Credit Union Administration oversees federally insured credit unions and administers the fund that insures them. Credit union failures from 2010 through 2020 resulted in over $1.5 billion in losses to this fund.
In 2017, USDA announced a major initiative to provide better customer service to U.S. farmers, ranchers, and foresters by modernizing its IT operations. A key IT project was the 2018 launch of Farmers.gov to provide online self-service applications, like a farm loan eligibility tool.
People from various racial and ethnic groups may experience health disparities—preventable differences in health outcomes. Discrimination, economic instability, and lack of health care access are some of the factors that can contribute to these disparities.
There are about 86,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors stored at 75 U.S. sites. This amount continues to grow. Policymakers have been at an impasse over what to do with the spent fuel since the licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository stopped in 2010.
The U.S. Space Force is replacing a network of infrared, satellite-based sensors—that provide worldwide initial warning of ballistic missile attacks on the United States—with the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system (Next Gen OPIR).
The Department of Defense received $500 million for a working capital fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) used the funding to help respond to a surge in demand for medical supplies from both DOD and non-DOD customers.
If U.S. roads aren't built to withstand changes in the climate, they may be unsafe routes for emergency evacuations and expensive to fix after a disaster. Climate-related damages to paved roads may cost up to $20 billion annually by the end of the century.
The Social Security Administration is trying to encourage people with disabilities who get Supplemental Security Income benefits to work if they can.
But we testified that working beneficiaries are at a higher risk of benefit overpayments.