How GAO Built Its Dream House

Effective July 7, 2004, the GAO's legal name became the Government Accountability Office. The change, which better reflects the modern professional services organization GAO has become, is a provision of the GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-271, 118 Stat. 811 (2004).

The following article, published in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the dedication of GAO's headquarters building. It refers to the agency by its original name, the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Photos - The current GAO headquarters building and the building under construction

This paper was written in 2001 by Maarja Krusten, GAO’s historian. She also has prepared a related article, A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON GAO'S HEADQUARTERS BUILDING (2001), which examines this topic in greater depth and includes source information. To obtain a copy of the longer article, contact the historian by e-mail at or by mail:

Maarja Krusten, Historian
U.S. Government Accountability Office
ATTN: Office of Quality and Continuous Improvement (QCI)
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548