Tag Archives: Comptroller General

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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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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Cybersecurity—New Risks and Threats

Picture this: Atlanta’s municipal information system was hit with a cyberattack that prevented customers from accessing multiple applications, including paying bills and viewing court-related information. The Department of Justice reported indicting nine Iranians for a massive cybersecurity theft campaign on … Continue reading

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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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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 High Risk List

As an agency, we focus on improving the operations of a large, complex federal government that is responsible for trillions of dollars in spending and revenue collection. In 1990, we started a program to report on government operations that we … Continue reading

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The First Watchdog in Chief, John R. McCarl

GAO is headed by the U.S. Comptroller General (CG), and while most school children learn the names of past presidents, here at GAO, we recall the tenures of past CGs. Today’s WatchBlog looks back to our first Comptroller General, John … Continue reading

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

The Partnership for Public Service today announced that GAO has again placed highly in its 2014 roster of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, rising to 2nd place among mid-size agencies.  We ranked 3rd in that category … Continue reading

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GAO Receives ‘Clean Opinion’ from International Peer Review

GAO has received a “clean opinion”—the best review possible—from an independent international peer review team that closely examined the agency’s quality assurance system. This year’s review cited GAO’s institutional structures and organizational culture for clearly prioritizing quality and independence, values that … Continue reading

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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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