Category Archives: About GAO

Worker Safety at Meat and Poultry Plants

Buying meat for your summer cookout is certainly faster than hunting for it. But that doesn’t mean that getting all of those burgers, wings, and hot dogs from the farm to the grill is easy. Today’s WatchBlog takes a look … Continue reading

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Celebrating 95 Years of Accountability

Today is GAO’s birthday. And, although we have evolved as an agency over the course of almost a century, our core values have stayed the same: Accountability, Integrity, and Reliability. Here’s a little about us as we celebrate our 95th.

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How to Spot and Report Government Fraud, Waste and Abuse (infographic)

You may already know that members of the public can anonymously report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of federal funds to GAO’s FraudNet. But what exactly constitutes fraud? And what’s the difference between waste and abuse? To help … Continue reading

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Our 24/7 Fraud Reporting Line

For nearly 40 years, people have reported suspicions of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of federal funds to our FraudNet team. Today’s WatchBlog peeks inside FraudNet to see what happens to the calls, emails, and other tips we receive. A … Continue reading

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Will “Hamilton” Win Big? Its Namesake Already Inspired a Lot of GAO Work

Alexander Hamilton has quite the legacy: he was the first Secretary of the Treasury; he created a plan for managing the national debt; and he is now the inspiration behind the Tony Award-nominated musical, Hamilton. In anticipation of this Sunday’s … Continue reading

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Mental Health Care in the Military

As servicemembers put their mental and physical health on the line to protect the country, it makes sense to provide care for their minds as well as their bodies. However, that task may be easier said than done. Does DOD … Continue reading

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Science and Technology at GAO

Readers of the WatchBlog know that GAO is more than financial audits. Our mission has grown over the years to include performance audits, bid protest adjudication, and other professional services for Congress. And the federal government has also changed. From … Continue reading

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Rapid Buses for Rapid Transit?

Buses don’t often excite commuters. High-speed rail like the bullet train? Definitely. Cars that autonomously sense and prevent accidents? Absolutely. Even the tried and true bicycle is cool again. Buses have lacked the glamour of other modes of transportation. However, … Continue reading

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Zika Virus

The latest report from the World Health Organization says the Zika virus has been implicated in the death of a baby in Panama, the first case of birth defects likely associated with the virus in that country. Our Chief Scientist … Continue reading

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GAO Goes to the Oscars

As the Academy Awards ceremony approaches, we’re looking at how our work has Oscar-worthy appeal. And the nominees are…  Preventing a Sequel to The Big Short Using comedy and celebrity cameos, The Big Short reveals the complexities of the 2008 … Continue reading

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