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About Government Accountability Office, US

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is making sure that taxpayers get their money's worth from the government. Formerly known as the General Accounting Office, the Government Accountability Office is the investigative arm of Congress, and, as the name suggests, it strives to ensure accountability in the legislative and executive branches of government. The independent and nonpartisan agency examines federal spending, advises Congress and heads of executive agencies about the effectiveness and responsiveness of government, evaluates federal programs, audits expenditures, and issues legal opinions. The GAO has an annual budget of more than $550 million.


The agency estimates that about 80% of its recommendations are implemented. It produces special publications to assist Congress and executive branch agencies by recommending corrections to problems in government programs and operations, identifying long-term trends, and raising concerns about the nation's fiscal imbalance.

Geographic Reach

Besides Washington DC, the GAO operates from 11 field offices in Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Alabama, California, Virginia, and Washington.


The GAO's 2016-2020 strategies include preventing, detecting, and reporting fraud, waste, and abuse in GAO programs and operations in addition to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations.

Government Accountability Office, US

441 G St NW Rm 7116e
Washington, DC 20226-0018
Phone: 1 (202) 512-3000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
COO: Patricia A. Dalton
Comptroller General of the United States: Gene L. Dodaro
CFO and Chief Administrative Officer: David Fisher
Employees (This Location): 2,400
Employees (All Locations): 3,275

Major Office Locations

Washington, DC