Featuring interviews with GAO officials on significant issues and new reports, the Watchdog Report is recorded, hosted, and produced by GAO staff.
The Declining Number of Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings in CDC's Early Detection Program
Early screening and detection for cancer can improve patients' outcomes and, ultimately, save lives. The CDC's Early Detection Program provides screenings to those enrolled in Medicaid. However, the number of people screened under this program has declined significantly in recent years. We talk to John Dicken, an expert on health care policy, and a director in our Health Care Team, about a new report that looks at the reasons for this decline.
Urgent Actions Needed to Improve Federal Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 cases began to increase again in mid-September, further highlighting the federal government's role in responding to the pandemic's continuing and devastating impacts on public health and the economy. Here at GAO, we've been monitoring and reviewing the federal response to COVID-19. We discuss our latest report--which looks at COVID testing, vaccine development, and unemployment issues--with GAO's Nikki Clowers (Managing Director of our Health Care Team) and Tom Costa (an Acting Director in our Education, Workforce, and Income Security Team).
Consumer Protection--When Banks Share Your Information with Other Vendors
If you've ever applied for a loan, you know that banks and credit unions collect a lot of personal financial information, like on your income and credit history. And it's not uncommon for customers--after applying or getting a loan--to receive advertisements in the mail for products from other vendors. While collecting this information is important for banks in conducting everyday business, it can also potentially expose consumers to unwanted solicitations from outside vendors, as well as other risks. We talk with two GAO experts about a new report on how banks collect and share your personal information and the role the federal government plays in overseeing this use.
Distance Learning Under COVID-19 Provides More Challenges for Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners
Most of the nation's schools are closed to in-person learning as part of an effort to protect children from contracting COVID-19. However, in the scramble to keep kids safe, schools encountered logistical and instructional challenges in providing remote learning. Perhaps no population has been impacted by these challenges more than students with learning disabilities or those learning English. We talk to GAO's Jackie Nowicki--an expert on K-12 education--about a new report on the challenges facing these students during COVID-19.
How the Consumer Product Safety Commission Protects Consumers from Hazards And How It Can Improve
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is a small agency of about 500 full-time employees tasked with protecting U.S. shoppers from product hazards that could cause injury or even death. We talk with GAO's Alicia Puente Cackley--an expert on consumer protection issues and a director in our Financial Markets and Community Investment Team--about a new report on how CPSC protects consumers and the challenges it faces.
Defense Aircraft Mission Capable Rates Generally Did Not Meet Goals
The Department of Defense spends tens of billions of dollars annually to sustain existing weapon systems in an effort to ensure these systems are ready for potential conflicts and other missions. Aircraft--like fighter jets and helicopters--are one category of weapon systems in DOD's arsenal. In a new report out today, GAO assessed the condition and costs of sustaining DOD's aircraft. We talk with GAO's Diana Maurer--an expert on defense strategy and DOD weapon system sustainment and a director in our Defense Capabilities and Management Team.
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