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After the Bureau of Land Management announced in July 2019 that it was relocating its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colorado, many headquarters staff left the agency—increasing vacancies by about 169%.
An executive order called for a DOD-funded domestic loan program to help increase production of critical COVID-related items. Per the order, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation—an agency that manages international development investments—runs the program.
To save money and improve health care quality, Medicare has been trying alternative payment models for reimbursing providers. Some models require providers to use electronic health records or to accept financial risk.
The Department of Energy primarily relies on contractors to carry out its diverse missions, which range from energy development and scientific research to nuclear security. DOE's contract and project management is a topic on our High Risk List.
The CARES Act requires GAO to look at the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine development. Vaccines prepare the body to respond quickly to an infection and play a key role in keeping people and global communities healthy.
Congress created the Opportunity Zones incentive to spur investment in distressed communities. Taxpayers who invest in Qualified Opportunity Funds—which invest in zones—can get significant tax benefits.