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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.
Federal agencies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs awarded over $3 billion to small businesses in FY 2020 to develop and commercialize new technologies.
In 2019, Congress directed DOD to develop a strategy to better engage with small businesses and coordinate small business programs across the department.
We analyzed trends in DOD contracting. From FY 2011 to 2020, DOD spending on contracts with small businesses increased.