Category Archives: About GAO

GAO’s Information Technology & Cybersecurity Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in one of our 15 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on our Information Technology & Cybersecurity (ITC) team, which helps the government respond to the … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2019 High-Risk List Update

Today we released our 2019 High Risk List, which includes 35 areas that we consider to be at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, or in need of transformation. Since our 2017 report, the rankings for more than … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: A GAO Mixtape, Part 2

Today, we celebrate our love for you – and our work. Maybe you noticed this with our first Valentine’s Day mixtape last year? We Crush on providing you with objective, reliable information that helps the government save money and work … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Elmer B. Staats, Our 5th Comptroller General

Elmer B Staats became the 5th Comptroller General of the United States in 1966 but his influence still looms large today. Today’s Watchblog explores Staats’ role in transforming GAO’s role beyond just financial auditing. The early years Elmer B Staats … Continue reading

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Title IX and High School Sports: Facts and Findings 

Did you know that Title IX applies to high school sports, as well as college sports? Title IX’s complexities make it a program that is not very well understood. So, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day … Continue reading

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IRS in Need of Better Controls to Safeguard Taxpayer Data

Every tax season, you send information to the IRS about your salary, marriage status, and other personal and financial information. We’ve looked at whether IRS has effective controls in place to protect the sensitive financial and taxpayer data in its … Continue reading

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Our New Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics Team

Today we launched a new Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics (STAA) team, expanding our work on cutting-edge science and technology issues. STAA will focus on: Technology assessments and technical services for the Congress, Auditing federal science and technology programs, Compiling … Continue reading

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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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