Month: July 2020

Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Factors Affecting Access to Follow-up Care

What GAO Found

Stakeholders GAO interviewed and studies GAO reviewed identified three factors that affect access to follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors—individuals of any … Read More

Genetic Services: Information on Genetic Counselor and Medical Geneticist Workforces

What GAO Found

Genetic counselors and medical geneticists are two groups who typically work together to provide genetic services, such as genetic testing and counseling. … Read More

Executions Scheduled for Two Federal Inmates

Attorney General William P. Barr today directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of two federal death-row inmates who were each convicted … Read More

Three Individuals Charged for Alleged Roles in Twitter Hack

Three individuals have been charged today for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020.

Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, … Read More

Statement of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on the Closing of Its Investigation of London Stock Exchange Group and Refinitiv

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued the following statement today in connection with the closing … Read More

Malware Author Pleads Guilty for Role in Transnational Cybercrime Organization Responsible for more than $568 Million in Losses

Cybercrime Organization Victimized Millions in all 50 States and Worldwide in One of the Largest Cyberfraud Enterprises Ever Prosecuted by the Department of Justice


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Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Toledo Public Schools to Resolve Complaints of Race and Disability Discrimination in Student Discipline

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio today announced a settlement agreement with the … Read More

Owner of Chicago Tax Preparation Business Charges with Preparing False Returns

A federal grand jury in Chicago, Illinois, returned a superseding indictment yesterday charging the owner of a tax preparation business with filing tax returns for … Read More

Pineville Man Charged with Forced Labor and Transporting a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

Darnell Fulton, 36, was charged today in a multiple count indictment with charges including forced labor, conspiracy, and transportation of a minor with the intent … Read More

Florida Doctor Charged in Massive $681 Million Substance Abuse Treatment Fraud Scheme

A Palm Beach County, Florida doctor was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud for his alleged participation in … Read More

Joint Statement by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, and Department of Labor Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its Impact on the American Workforce

July 26, 2020, marked the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This landmark civil rights law protects access … Read More

Small Business Contracting: Better Documentation and Reporting Needed on Procurement Center Representatives

What GAO Found

The Small Business Administration (SBA) does not maintain complete documentation to support data on the activities of procurement center representatives (PCR), which … Read More

National Nuclear Security Administration: Information on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request and Affordability of Nuclear Modernization Activities

What GAO Found

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is in the midst of a long-term effort to modernize the U.S. … Read More

Covid-19: Data Quality and Considerations for Modeling and Analysis

What GAO Found

The rapid spread and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of having quality data, analyses, and models describing the … Read More

VA Research: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Partnerships and Guide Decision-Making with Nonprofits and Academic Affiliates

What GAO Found

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) extramural research spending totaled about $510 million in fiscal year 2019—nearly half of the $1.1 billion … Read More

VA Health Care: VA Needs to Continue to Strengthen Its Oversight of Quality of State Veterans Homes

What GAO Found

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays over $1 billion a year to state veterans homes (SVH)—homes owned and operated by the … Read More

Public Health Preparedness: HHS Has Taken Some Steps to Implement New Authority to Speed Medical Countermeasure Innovation

What GAO Found

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has taken steps towards implementing an authority provided … Read More

Over-The-Counter Drugs: Information on FDA’s Regulation of Most OTC Drugs

What GAO Found

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated most over-the-counter (OTC) drugs—that is, drugs available without a prescription—through the OTC monograph process. … Read More

Federal Prison Industries: Actions Needed to Evaluate Program Effectiveness

What GAO Found

The First Step Act of 2018 made new, nonfederal markets and potential buyers available to Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a government corporation … Read More

Economic Adjustment Assistance: Actions Needed to Better Address Workers’ Needs and Assess Program Effectiveness

What GAO Found

Workers who are eligible for federal economic adjustment assistance (EAA) programs may face challenges using them. There are four EAA programs and … Read More

Crumbling Foundations: Extent of Homes with Defective Concrete Is Not Fully Known and Federal Options to Aid Homeowners Are Limited

What GAO Found

As of December 2019, at least 1,600 homes in Connecticut had confirmed pyrrhotite but the total number of affected homes is likely … Read More

Covid-19 Contracting: Observations on Federal Contracting in Response to the Pandemic

What GAO Found

Government-wide contract obligations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic totaled $17.8 billion as of June 11, 2020. Four agencies accounted for 85 … Read More

Science & Tech Spotlight: Contact Tracing Apps

Why This Matters

Contact tracing can help reduce transmission rates for infectious diseases like COVID-19 by identifying and notifying people who may have been exposed. … Read More

Climate Change: USAID Is Taking Steps to Increase Projects’ Resilience, but Could Improve Reporting of Adaptation Funding

What GAO Found

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided at least $810 million to directly and indirectly support climate adaptation from fiscal years … Read More

Surface Transportation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve its Surface Inspector Program, but Lacks Performance Targets

What GAO Found

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Surface Transportation Security Inspector Operations Plan (TSA’s plan), surface transportation security inspectors—known as surface inspectors—are … Read More

Housing: Preliminary Analysis of Homeownership Trends for Nine Cities

What GAO Found

Following a decade of decline, including after the 2007–2009 financial crisis, the national homeownership rate started to recover in 2016 (see figure).… Read More

Climate Resilience: Actions Needed to Ensure DOD Considers Climate Risks to Contractors as Part of Acquisition, Supply, and Risk Assessment

What GAO Found

The Department of Defense (DOD) has not routinely assessed climate-related risks faced by its contractors as part of its acquisition and supply … Read More

Nuclear Weapons: Action Needed to Address the W80-4 Warhead Program’s Schedule Constraints

What GAO Found

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), has identified a range of risks … Read More

K-12 Education: School Districts Need Better Information to Help Improve Access for People with Disabilities

What GAO Found

Two-thirds of U.S. public school districts have schools with physical barriers that may limit access for people with disabilities, according to GAO’s … Read More

Missile Defense: Assessment of Testing Approach Needed as Delays and Changes Persist

What GAO Found

In fiscal year 2019, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) delivered many of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) assets it planned and … Read More