Latest U.S. Government Accountability Office News

Test shows little impact of citizenship on census form

Oct. 31, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Including a citizenship question didn't have much of an impact on overall response rates on a test for the 2020 Census, though responses by people who identified as Hispanic were down slightly, according to preliminary results released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census...

Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats

Oct. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups and dwindling ranks of law enforcement officers, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday. The...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US

Sep. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have...

Airline customer-service agents report abusive customers

Sep. 17, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations. The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers. The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that more than half the 104...