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In 2020, Medicare spent about $9 billion on wheelchairs, oxygen, and other durable medical equipment.
To save money and reduce fraud, Medicare implemented a competitive bidding program for suppliers to provide certain items in different geographic areas.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the threat of explosives in air cargo coming into the United States is significant. TSA requires air carriers to x-ray or screen the cargo by other means before it enters the country.
In recent years, some U.S. citizens have claimed they were mistakenly identified as foreign nationals and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on immigration charges.
Army Corps of Engineers received DOD and other funds to construct barriers on the southwest U.S. border. With tight time frames to award some of the DOD-funded construction contracts, the Corps:
Awarded $4.3 billion in noncompetitive contracts.
Federal agencies (such as Customs and Border Protection and the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service) oversee inspections at U.S. ports of entry to protect U.S. agriculture from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents encounter substances they suspect are illicit drugs at ports and along the borders. "Presumptive field tests" can help them identify these substances using various tools, such as color-changing test kits and handheld electronic testing devices.
In 2018, substances related to fentanyl—a very potent synthetic opioid—were temporarily classified as "Schedule I." This designated them as illicit drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use.
This classification has likely affected research, law enforcement, and more.