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COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the 1.4 million residents who live in nursing homes in the U.S.
We looked at the frequency and duration of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes from May 2020 through January 2021.
We testified on findings from our CARES Act reports related to the pandemic's disproportionate impact on nursing home residents.
We discussed challenges that have persisted throughout the pandemic, such as staff shortages. Nursing home staff also report exhaustion and burnout.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration collects industry-reported data on the sale and purchase of controlled substances and prescription drugs, including opioids. The data supports DEA’s investigations into whether drugs have been diverted to the illegal marketplace.
People whose disabilities keep them from working can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. People who claim these benefits may also be on prescription opioids for chronic pain. Opioids are addictive and can be misused.
Federal agencies are increasingly using cloud computing services. Cloud computing offers benefits but also poses cybersecurity risks. OMB requires agencies to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to authorize their use of cloud services.
About 38% of U.S. adults have obesity and are at risk of developing conditions like heart disease, which are associated with increased risk of death.
There are nine FDA-approved drugs to help treat obesity. Among U.S.
The Zika virus outbreak that began in 2015 sickened adults, but also had another particularly tragic result—brain defects and other problems in infected fetuses. It represented the first time in more than 50 years that an infectious pathogen had been found to cause birth defects.