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Women’s History Month: The Story of Women at GAO

For Women’s History Month, we’ve blogged about our work on women’s issues. Today, we’re sharing a glimpse of the story (past and present) of women at GAO.

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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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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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74 Years Since the ‘Battle of Midway’—What Happens Now?

It was 74 years ago this week—June of 1942—that one of the major naval battles of World War II raged around the Midway Atoll, a chain of three small islands that are about 1,300 miles from Honolulu. Today, the atoll … Continue reading

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Our 3rd Comptroller General, Lindsay C. Warren

Following the short tenure of our second watchdog-in-chief, Lindsay C. Warren stepped into the role of U.S. Comptroller General. Today’s WatchBlog shares his legacy and why some rated him the “Best Watchdog in Show.” Life before GAO Born December 16, … 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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The Evolution of GAO Graphics

As GAO has produced reports over the years, we’ve used graphics to help showcase our findings. With innovations in how we publish our reports, our graphic style has changed dramatically over the past 30 years.

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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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GAO Headquarters, a Building Ahead of Its Time

Did you know the design of GAO’s headquarters building was a novel concept? In December 1995, the National Park Service recognized the building for introducing modern architecture to the federal government. Here are 5 facts you may not know about … 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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