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The Evolution of GAO Graphics

As GAO has produced reports over the years, we’ve used graphics to help showcase our findings. With innovations in how we publish our reports, our graphic style has changed dramatically over the past 30 years.

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Celebrating GAO’s 93 Years with Some Glimpses into History

Here at GAO, we strive for accountability, integrity, and reliability in the work we do, but the way we do it evolves with time. As the month of July marks GAO’s 93rd anniversary, we thought we would share a few … Continue reading

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Our Independence

On July 4th, Americans celebrate our country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which expressed the ideals of political and individual freedom upon which our country and government were founded. We at GAO uphold these ideals as we work to support … Continue reading

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Video on our Duplication and Cost Savings Work

In light of today’s challenging fiscal environment, improving government efficiency and effectiveness is important. Our work has identified hundreds of specific actions that the federal government can take–or in some cases, has already taken–to reduce or better manage fragmentation, overlap, and … 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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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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GAO’s Marcia Crosse Nominated for Service to America Award

Congratulations are in order for GAO’s Marcia Crosse, who was announced this week as a finalist for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Crosse, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, is one of 5 finalists for … Continue reading

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Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse on the War Front

As the United States engages in conflicts overseas, GAO has worked for decades to identify ways to improve military operations and safeguard taxpayer dollars. While some of our work is done in our GAO offices, we have also sent analysts … Continue reading

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FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Summary Report

As an independent non-partisan agency that serves as the audit and investigative arm of Congress, we examine how taxpayer dollars are spent and advise lawmakers and agency heads on ways to make government work better. We recently issued a summary of … Continue reading

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GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment Mission 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 Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) team, which works on issues such as land and … Continue reading

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