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The CARES Act requires GAO to look at the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine development. Vaccines prepare the body to respond quickly to an infection and play a key role in keeping people and global communities healthy.
This Spotlight examines evolving solar cell technology. Most electricity-generating solar cells are made with crystalline silicon in a process that is complex, expensive, and energy-intensive. Alternative materials may perform better and be easier and cheaper to make.
Dangerous radioactive material is used in many medical and industrial applications. But, if it ends up in the wrong hands, it could be used in a dirty bomb.
Replacing technologies that use radioactive materials with safer alternatives can protect people and reduce potential financial costs.
Plastic waste—overflowing landfills and polluting oceans—has grown tenfold in the U.S. from 1970-2018, as recycling rates have remained low.
Chemical recycling is an alternative or complementary technology to current mechanical recycling processes (like sorting and shredding).
Recent advancements in facial recognition technology have increased its accuracy and its usage. Our earlier work has included examinations of its use by federal law enforcement, at ports of entry, and in commercial settings.
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.
Law enforcement agencies use forensic algorithms in criminal investigations to help assess whether evidence originated from a specific individual—improving the speed and objectivity of many investigations.