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GAO saved taxpayers $66.2 billion in FY 2021. Our average return on investment for the past 5 years is $158 to $1. We did it by recommending ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and more.
In 2020, the federal government and the state of South Dakota sponsored Fourth of July celebrations and related events in Washington, D.C., and at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota—all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year GAO reports on federal programs with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or actions and ways to reduce costs or boost revenue. We identified 112 new actions that Congress and agencies could take to address these findings—e.g.
Despite congressional oversight and the Department of Defense's actions to implement more than 100 GAO recommendations, reports of sexual assault in the military continue to rise.
Our prior work has shown that focusing on sexual assault prevention and addressing the needs of certain populations (e.
An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to plan, design, and construct additional barriers along the southwest border in Jan. 2017. Private landowners own a portion of the land that the government needs to construct the barriers.
Did you know that GAO saved $77.6 billion for taxpayers in FY 2020? That's a return of about $114 for every dollar of our budget. We did it by recommending ways to prevent payment errors, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs, and prevent fraud.
Federal agencies' efforts to acquire IT have often cost more than expected, taken longer, and produced systems that failed to perform. IT acquisitions and operations management has been on our High Risk List since 2015.
Each Fourth of July, the nation’s capital is home to Independence Day celebrations like the national Independence Day parade, “A Capitol Fourth” concert, the Independence Day fireworks display, and in 2019, “A Salute to America”—all broadcast throughout the country.