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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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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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Our 3rd Comptroller General, Lindsay C. Warren

Updated: Though we recognize Mr. Warren’s accomplishments below, Comptroller General Warren actively worked to prevent North Carolina from approving women’s suffrage and while in the U.S. Congress, argued for racial segregation in congressional facilities. Those efforts are diametrically opposed to … Continue reading

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Government Accountability Office: What’s in a Name?

When we were created in 1921, “GAO” stood for “General Accounting Office.” That year, the Budget and Accounting Act transferred auditing responsibilities, accounting, and claims functions from the Treasury Department to a new agency, independent of the executive branch, with … Continue reading

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