Category Archives: About GAO

The Rigorous Process for Producing “Fact-Based” Information

“We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.” So, just what does GAO mean when we say our mission is to provide “fact-based” information? It means there’s a rigorous fact-checking process that requires … Continue reading

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Our 4th Comptroller General, Joseph Campbell—an Auditor, Not a Bowler

President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Joseph Campbell as the 4th U.S. Comptroller General of the United States more than seven months after Lindsay C. Warren retired. The nomination came as a surprise to many involved—including Campbell. As part of our … Continue reading

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A Lot of Government Information Is Freely Available

From health and education statistics to budget and spending information, the federal government produces a lot of information, or data. Agencies are making more and more of this data open for everyone to use. Our recent report identified 5 key … Continue reading

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Gifts that Keep on Giving—and Saving

It’s the holiday season and gift-giving is in full swing. So, today we’re taking a look back at how our work for Congress keeps giving—and saving. Did you know we saved the government over $75 billion in FY18? That’s a … Continue reading

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Snapshots from the Audit Trail

Our Watchdogs track the way agencies spend federal money—and take snapshots along the way as physical evidence on the audit trail. Today’s WatchBlog highlights some of the best photos from our audit teams as they fanned out across the country … Continue reading

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Marking 40 Years with the Civil Service Reform Act

Last month marked a milestone in the history of the country’s federal personnel system. Forty years ago on October 13, the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) was landmark legislation and it continues to serve as the foundation for much of … Continue reading

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Performance and Accountability in FY 2018

We saved the government over $75 billion—a return of about $124 for every dollar invested in us—in FY 2018. Our annual Performance and Accountability Report details our work supporting the Congress and helping improve the performance and accountability of the … Continue reading

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Filling out Those Federal Forms

Americans spend a lot of time providing information to federal agencies, whether via tax forms or benefit applications. Overall, for example, based on government-wide estimates, the public spent 9.8 billion hours responding to federal information collections in fiscal year 2015. … Continue reading

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Recidivism Among Prison Inmates with Serious Mental Illness

As of May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons oversaw almost 188,000 inmates—and nearly 8,000 of them were considered to have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Research has shown that prison inmates with serious mental illness … Continue reading

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Innovative Design in Federal Buildings

Leaky roofs, broken A/C units, cracked tiles—as the owner of a vast inventory of buildings, the federal government deals with these and other maintenance issues on a daily basis. Since 1994, the government has built 78 office buildings and courthouses … Continue reading

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