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From January 2017 until they were revoked in January 2021, a series of deregulatory executive orders required agencies to reduce federal regulations and overall regulatory costs.
We reviewed five agencies that collectively implemented more than half of the deregulation.
Buying buildings can be a better deal than leasing—but federal agencies may not have the funds to buy up front. For example, the General Services Administration leased a headquarters building for the Department of Transportation for 14 years before DOT could afford to buy.
States spend billions of dollars on incentives to attract and retain businesses. Some question their cost and effectiveness. Do federal funds play a part in these incentives?
In 6 large state business incentive packages we reviewed, federal economic development funds were not directly used.
The execution of the 2020 Census was largely a local endeavor, carried out by hundreds of thousands of short-term workers reporting to 248 temporary offices around the country.
We surveyed the managers who ran these offices during the 2020 Census and also examined local field operations management.
We surveyed the Census Bureau's 248 area census office managers during the 2020 Census for their perspectives on information technology use, counting operations, outreach efforts to hard-to-count communities, and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the U.S. economy, as well as the economies of state and local governments. Tax revenues in the 2nd quarter of 2020 dropped by $61 billion compared to the same period in 2019. Revenues rebounded in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
This report examines 2020 Census innovations designed to save money and boost data quality.
As 2020 activities close, the Census Bureau now expects the census will have cost about $14.2 billion, including $1.1 billion to respond to COVID-19. This is about $96 per household.