Press Release

GAO Pilots New Web-Based Format for Reports

E-Report project offers enhanced navigation for users


WASHINGTON (October 1, 2010) – Beyond the usual findings and recommendations for improving federal operations, a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the first to offer a web-based E-Report format to help users navigate content more easily.

“This is one more step GAO is taking to improve the way it conveys information to both Congress and the public,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “E-Reports will make it easier to navigate and share a GAO report and will provide improved options when it comes to graphics and other communication methods.”

The new pilot format, which is part of a report on geostationary environmental satellites (GAO-10-799), allows users to quickly access those sections of the report that are of interest to them. Using links on the sidebar and within the pages of the report, users will have instant access to the report’s highlights, objectives, findings, recommendations, agency comments, and supporting evidence. A podcast discussing the report can also be played directly from the E-Report page. The traditional PDF version can be downloaded there as well. The pilot also allows for enhanced use of color in charts and graphics and GAO is seeking direct feedback from users about the new format.

The pilot E-Report can be found at www.gao.gov/ereport/GAO-10-799. Users are encouraged to provide feedback to GAO about their experience by emailing PilotReportFeedback@gao.gov. For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at 202-512-4800.


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