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This report provides additional detail on our analysis of all disaster survivors who applied for assistance from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It accompanies GAO-20-503.
Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Irma—4 of the costliest hurricanes in the U.S. since 2005—caused damage totaling trillions of dollars. Their effects on economic activity and employment in damaged areas varied widely.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
The U.S. Postal Service has over 31,000 retail facilities—a network reaching into almost every community in the nation. As demand for some mail products has declined, USPS has been unable to cover its costs as it is required to do—putting it on our High Risk list.
In fiscal year 2019, our work yielded a record $214.7 billion in financial benefits, a return of about $338 for every dollar invested in us. We also identified 1,418 other benefits that led to better services for the American people and other improvements across government.
The Department of Homeland Security is required to submit a report to Congress each year on trends in immigration and naturalization, including how many people are unlawfully present in the United States.
DHS’s report of December 2018 estimated 11.
Over the last 15 years, use of electronic cigarettes in the United States has grown rapidly as use of traditional cigarettes declined. Most e-cigarettes sold here are thought to be imported.
The government began collecting data on imported e-cigarette devices, parts, and liquid in 2016.
Unlike airport duty-free shops, U.S. duty-free stores on the border with Mexico can sell you an unlimited quantity of tax-free cigarettes. Sometimes criminals buy thousands of dollars' worth of these cigarettes to sell illegally (as shown below), which can generate revenue for organized crime.