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The Department of Housing and Urban Development takes a "point-in-time" count to gauge how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single night. HUD relies on local communities to provide the count.
While most Americans have broadband internet access, many do not—a gap known as the digital divide. Federal efforts to bridge it rely on data FCC collects from broadband providers. We have raised concerns that this data overstates service.
In 2020, FCC was tasked with mapping all U.S.
There have been questions about the media industry's commitment to ensuring workforce diversity, including for Hispanic workers.
We found that Hispanics are underrepresented in the media industry compared to their representation in the rest of the workforce.
To help small businesses affected by COVID-19, the Small Business Administration gave low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans and grants to millions of applicants. These funds totaled $224 billion as of February 2021.
We surveyed the Census Bureau's 248 area census office managers during the 2020 Census for their perspectives on information technology use, counting operations, outreach efforts to hard-to-count communities, and more.
The execution of the 2020 Census was largely a local endeavor, carried out by hundreds of thousands of short-term workers reporting to 248 temporary offices around the country.
We surveyed the managers who ran these offices during the 2020 Census and also examined local field operations management.
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the U.S. economy, as well as the economies of state and local governments. Tax revenues in the 2nd quarter of 2020 dropped by $61 billion compared to the same period in 2019. Revenues rebounded in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
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.
The financial services industry is increasingly dependent on technology. We looked at factors affecting women's participation in STEM degree programs and their subsequent interest in financial services industry careers.