The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.
GAO is at the epicenter of government decision making. Our employees are on the front lines of congressional oversight work, assigned to jobs that make a real difference for our country and its citizens.GAO officials typically testify before Congress over 200 times a year and are cited regularly in the national press. Importantly, GAO's work gets results. Annually, our recommendations lead to hundreds of actions, including legislation, that improve government services to retirees, students, veterans, and others. GAO also provides an excellent return on investment, documenting tens of billions of dollars in financial benefits each year.
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