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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.
DOD has faced challenges acquiring new weapon systems—such as aircraft, ships, and satellites—on time and on budget.
In 2018, DOD revised its process for reviewing and approving "capability documents," which identify new or enhanced capabilities in weapon systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the U.S. aviation industry. Passenger traffic in April 2020 was 96% lower than April 2019, and stayed 60% below 2019 levels in 2020. Effects cascaded across airports, repair shops, and the supply chain.
The Senate Gift Shop sells gift items to members of the Senate, their staff, and the public. As part of our role in helping Congress oversee its own funds, we performed certain procedures that were requested on behalf of the Secretary of the Senate.
The IRS reported spending about $2.8 billion in FY 2020 on its IT systems for collecting taxes, distributing refunds, and more.
According to the IRS, the five IT systems in our review met most of the performance goals it had set for FYs 2019 and 2020.
In the U.S., about 30 million people—half of them children—have a rare disease. Many of these diseases are chronic, worsen over time, and are life-threatening. It can take years of testing and misdiagnoses to get a correct diagnosis; in that time, a patient's health can get worse.