Government Accountability Office (GAO)


GAO LogoThe U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. They support congressional oversight by:

  • Auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively
  • Investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities
  • Reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives
  • Performing policy analyses and outlining options for congressional consideration
  • Issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules

Website: Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Mission Statement
The mission of the GAO is to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.

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