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Potential Fraud in SBA's Paycheck Protection Program and Efforts to Prevent It
In response to the pandemic, the Small Business Administration quickly implemented the Paycheck Protection Program to assist small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. However, there are concerns that because SBA implemented the programâ¦
COVID-19 in Federal Prisons
Prison populations were particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 because of their confined communal spaces. Inmates also tend to have higher rates of underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and chronic health disease than the generalâ¦
DODâs Oversight and Use of Private Security Contractors
After the September 11th attacks and during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that followed, the Department of Defense significantly increased its use of private security contractors. Given this growth and concerns about security contractorsââ¦
How Can the Federal Government Contract More Like Private Companies?
Federal agencies spend more than $500 billion each year on contracts--buying everything from cutting edge military aircraft to office supplies. We talk with two federal contracting expertsâGAOâs Tim DiNapoli and Nate Tranquilli-- about our newâ¦
Did Housing Protections Under the CARES Act Work?
COVID-19 caused significant turmoil in the U.S. economy, leaving many citizens without stable incomes. The CARES Act, which Congress passed in March of 2020, sought to provide homeowners with some relief through measures like mortgage forbearanceâ¦
The Challenges with Enforcing the Clean Water Act and Monitoring Pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees and enforces compliance with the Clean Water Act. Under EPA's oversight, entities like industrial facilities and municipal wastewater treatment plants are issued permits that limit the amountâ¦
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