U.S. Government Accountability Office

From SourceWatch
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, frequently called and better known by its acronym GAO, was previously named the General Accounting Office.

The GAO is the nonpartisan, investigative arm of the U.S. Congress. It was founded in 1921, and its mission is "to support the 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." The GAO conducts audits and authors reports, at the request of members of Congress, to meet legislative and Congressional committee requirements, or under the authority of its head, the Comptroller General. [1]


Contact information

Government Accountability Office
441 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20548

Phone: (202) 512-3000
Email: webmaster@gao.gov
Website: http://www.gao.gov

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "About GAO," GAO website, accessed January 2009.
  2. "Gene L. Dodaro Biography," GAO website, accessed January 2009.

External resources

External articles

This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.