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We have issued 11 annual reports on federal programs with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities. In those reports, we suggested hundreds of ways to address those problems, reduce costs, or boost revenue. Our most recent report is from May 2021.
People rely on the 146,000 bridges in the National Highway System. Most of the bridges are made of materials that are susceptible to corrosion—a leading cause of bridge failure. The percentage of bridges in "good" condition has declined since 2016.
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.
The General Services Administration developed an "online marketplace program" to make it easier for agencies to buy commercially available products, e.g., office supplies.
GSA started testing the program since our 2018 report, contracting with 3 online marketplace providers.
Behavioral health conditions such as depression and opioid use disorder affected an estimated 61 million U.S. adults in 2019. Research has shown that low-income individuals, such as those enrolled in Medicaid, are at greater risk of developing such conditions.
Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule covers payments for services such as office visits. Some have noted that payment rates may not fully account for the unique local characteristics of Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories.