Category Archives: About GAO

Getting Closure on Our Recommendations

Last year, we blogged about why agencies implement GAO’s recommendations. Looking at our annual Performance and Accountability Report, you can see that we’ve averaged 1,800 recommendations a year with an average 80% implementation rate between fiscal years 2010-2015. This adds … Continue reading

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A Year in Crossword

A year is long time in WatchBlog years. As we near the end of 2015, we’re taking a look back at the myriad of topics we’ve covered. From aviation to zoonotics, and almost every letter in between, we’ve had quite … Continue reading

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GAO Again Named Among Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service announced that GAO has again placed highly in its 2015 roster of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, ranking 3rd among mid-size agencies.

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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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