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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the housing and financial stability of millions of renters and property owners. To help, Congress appropriated $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered a moratorium on residential evictions.
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.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained pregnant women more than 4,600 times from 2016-2018. Most detentions lasted 1 week or less.
ICE has policies and standards related to the care for pregnant women that vary by facility type, with some having more requirements than others.
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.
Certain building materials used before 1981 are more likely to contain asbestos. To facilitate oversight, the General Services Administration keeps a database of information on asbestos in its buildings.
What GAO Found The 23 civilian Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Act agencies reported various ways of considering and using telework as a space-planning tool, by, for example, implementing desk-sharing for employees who telework in order to relinquish leased space, or increasing the number of staff working...
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that
kids were involved in about 1,500 of the more than 36,000 gun-related deaths in 2015
about 61% of gun deaths across all ages were suicides
By some estimates, there are guns in about a third of U.S. homes.
Are there strategies to prevent illicit drug use?
Over 47,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2014—more than any previous year on record—according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.