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Every two years at the start of a new Congress, GAO calls attention to agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation. This site presents GAO's current High Risk List, explains what has changed since the last update, and provides background information and related multimedia. In 1990, GAO began a program to report on government operations that it identified as "high risk." Since then, generally coinciding with the start of each new Congress, GAO has reported on the status of progress to address high-risk areas and updated the High Risk List.> Overall, GAO's high risk program has served to identify and help resolve serious weaknesses in areas that involve substantial resources and provide critical services to the public. Since the high risk program began, the government has taken high-risk problems seriously and has made long-needed progress toward correcting them. In a number of cases, progress has been sufficient for GAO to remove the high-risk designation.