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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.
From January 2017 until they were revoked in January 2021, a series of deregulatory executive orders required agencies to reduce federal regulations and overall regulatory costs.
We reviewed five agencies that collectively implemented more than half of the deregulation.
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.
Buying buildings can be a better deal than leasing—but federal agencies may not have the funds to buy up front. For example, the General Services Administration leased a headquarters building for the Department of Transportation for 14 years before DOT could afford to buy.
States spend billions of dollars on incentives to attract and retain businesses. Some question their cost and effectiveness. Do federal funds play a part in these incentives?
In 6 large state business incentive packages we reviewed, federal economic development funds were not directly used.