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The federal government faces a severe shortage of digital expertise in fields such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. A recent report urged establishing a new service academy—similar to the military academies—to train future digital civil servants.
As the nation continues to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, recent increases in cases have hampered these efforts and created new challenges.
In our 8th comprehensive report, we found more ways to help the federal government address the pandemic and prepare for future emergencies.
While COVID-19 cases have declined in recent months, the U.S. is still experiencing serious economic and public health repercussions due to the pandemic. In our 7th comprehensive report, we found more ways to improve federal programs related to the pandemic and other future emergencies.
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.
Children exposed to lead can experience serious developmental delays. Many young children spend significant amounts of time in child care settings, including Head Start centers.
We conducted a nationally-representative survey of Head Start centers.
Federal student loan borrowers can apply for Income-Driven Repayment plans that use borrowers' taxable income and family size to determine an affordable payment rate. Monthly payments can be as low as $0 and still count toward loan forgiveness after the repayment period.
This report updates our oversight of some aspects of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings include:
Spending. Federal obligations totaled $1.5 trillion and expenditures totaled $1.3 trillion, as of June 30.