Author Archives: GAOWatchBlog

Planning for the 2020 Census

Although the 2020 Census is about 6 years away, preparations are well under way. The Census Bureau has designated today as Census Day 2014, as the Bureau is conducting its first significant test of the methods and technologies it’s considering … Continue reading

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Podcast on Counterterrorism Efforts in Africa

From the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa to recent al Qaeda and Boko Haram attacks in northwest Africa, events have suggested that both regions are vulnerable to terrorism and violent extremism. Hear our podcast with Charles Johnson, … Continue reading

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Podcast on Securing U.S. Industrial Radiological Materials

Many industries use radiological materials that, in the wrong hands, could be used to construct a dirty bomb. Hear our podcast with David Trimble, a director in GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team, who led a recent look at what … Continue reading

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GAO Headquarters, a Building Ahead of Its Time

Did you know the design of GAO’s headquarters building was a novel concept? In December 1995, the National Park Service recognized the building for introducing modern architecture to the federal government. Here are 5 facts you may not know about … Continue reading

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GAO’s Information Technology Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Information Technology (IT) team, which helps the government respond to the challenges of managing … Continue reading

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What is the Yellow Book?

Since 1972, GAO has produced and maintained Government Auditing Standards, also known as the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book is the book of standards and guidance for auditors and audit organizations, outlining the characteristics of good audit reports, professional qualifications … Continue reading

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OMB’s Reforms Can Help Agencies Better Manage Federal IT Projects

Information technology (IT) is critical to the health, economy, and security of the nation. As such, federal agencies plan to spend more than $82 billion on IT this fiscal year. However, as we have previously reported and testified, many federal … Continue reading

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Why Do GAO Recommendations Get Implemented?

While GAO is empowered to make recommendations to federal agencies and to bring matters to Congress for their consideration, we don’t actually have the authority to require agencies to make changes. Yet, we consistently report results we have achieved for … Continue reading

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Government Accountability Office: What’s in a Name?

When we were created in 1921, “GAO” stood for “General Accounting Office.” That year, the Budget and Accounting Act transferred auditing responsibilities, accounting, and claims functions from the Treasury Department to a new agency, independent of the executive branch, with … Continue reading

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Podcast on Prepositioning International Food Aid

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides U.S. agricultural commodities to meet emergency food needs in foreign countries. To expedite delivery to recipient countries, food can be ordered before it is requested and prepositioned in warehouses in or near … Continue reading

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