Category Archives: About GAO

Showing You (Even More!) Money: GAO’s 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

Each year we report the results of our work to you, the taxpayer. And this year we have more great news: we produced a record-high $74.7 billion in financial benefits. In other words, for every $1 Congress invested in us, … Continue reading

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Reality TV or Reality?

Television often takes liberties with reality. While we enjoy a good drama, as auditors we tend to be pretty skeptical about what we see and hear. As November sweeps commences, we’re looking at TV shows where GAO is mentioned and … Continue reading

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Introducing GAO’s New Center for Audit Excellence!

Accountability is our middle name, so we know the importance of audit work. To help other watchdogs here and around the world, we launched our Center for Audit Excellence today. Read on to learn about the high-quality training, technical assistance, … Continue reading

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What’s on the Horizon for the Commercial Space Launch Industry (podcast)

Companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX have reignited the space race. As they compete to take tourists and NASA cargo into orbit, the federal government’s role is changing. The Federal Aviation Administration greenlights commercial launches but, to allow the private … Continue reading

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The Short Tenure of the Second Watchdog in Chief, Fred H. Brown

We’ve already introduced you to the first U.S. Comptroller General, John R. McCarl. While McCarl set the course for GAO, his successor didn’t have much time to fill those substantial shoes. Today’s WatchBlog shares the short tenure (1939–1940) of the … Continue reading

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GAO’s Summer Associate Legal Honors Program

Every summer, GAO’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) holds a Summer Associate Legal Honors Program for second-year law students. The program is a primary hiring tool for building OGC’s workforce of highly capable attorneys. Summer Associates who perform well may … Continue reading

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GAO’s Attorneys – A Special Breed of Watchdog

In today’s WatchBlog, some of our attorneys in our Office of General Counsel (OGC) share what they do on a day-to-day basis and what makes GAO a great place to be an attorney.

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GAO’s Bid Protest Process and Legal Resources

When you think of GAO, you probably think of audits. You may be surprised to learn that we also provide legal support and services to the government that help ensure that your taxpayer dollars are being spent fairly and within … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Federal Workforce

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, which honors federal workers’ competence and dedication, and reminds us of the important work federal employees perform every day. In honor of this week, today’s WatchBlog reflects on federal workforce management progress and … Continue reading

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GAO’s Strategic Issues Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today, we’ll spotlight the Strategic Issues (SI) team, which focuses on helping Congress and federal agencies address the governance and management challenges … Continue reading

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