Government Accountability Office

Latest Government Accountability Office Items
  • **FILE** Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski (Associated Press)

    While advising the public on cybersecurity, FCC failed on its own defenses

    When the Federal Communication Commission's computer systems were breached in Sept. 2011, it decided to take action to improve cybersecurity.


  • Feds struggle with what to do with costly old, historic buildings

    The government owns thousands of federally-owned, historic structures across the nation.  Maintaining those buildings, however, presents costly problems as diverse as the structures themselves.


  • Illustration by Donna Grethen

    EDITORIAL: $1 trillion in gimmicks

    Politicians love nothing more than telling people what to do. Hearts warm in the Capitol any time a new bill is dropped in the hopper prohibiting something or expending taxpayer funds in service of the latest trendy cause.


  • **FILE** Shackled Mexican immigrants are directed by a guard for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Harlingen, Texas, on May 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Interceptions of immigrants stubbornly low

    Despite massive increases in manpower, the U.S. Border Patrol is still intercepting only about 61 percent of would-be illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an audit that the investigative arm of Congress released Wednesday.


  • **FILE** People wait in line to enter the Northern Brooklyn Food Stamp and DeKalb Job Center in New York on Feb. 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Non-cash welfare reforms resulted in fewer recipients

    Welfare is still a mammoth program, but increasingly comes in the form of services and support, not cash — and many poor people are less interested in applying than they were when it was dollars on the line, rather than access to education, day care and transportation, a Government Accountability Office report said this week.


  • Illustration: US Postal Service

    EDITORIAL: Delivering debt

    The disappointing "fiscal cliff" tax-and-spend bill proves Washington isn't serious about bringing its financial house into order.


  • Illustration Government Money by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    SCHATZ AND LAZOF: Raising taxes won't fix bloated government

    A lot of numbers have been thrown around regarding the "fiscal cliff," including the amount of money various people would have to pay should the tax cuts expire, and how many jobs in both the public and private sectors would be threatened should sequestration go into effect on Jan. 1.


  • Illustration TSA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Unhappy holiday travels

    With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are preparing to take to the skies to visit family. A time that ought to be filled with joy often turns to a time of dread thanks to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) need to pretend it is doing something to thwart terrorism.


  • IRS can't keep its own books straight, investigators find

    If an IRS agent shows up at your door claiming you owe money to Uncle Sam, he or she could be wrong.


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