Press Release

GAO Again Makes Washingtonian's "Great Places to Work" List

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2013)— Washingtonian Magazine has again named the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as one of its 50 Great Places to Work in the Washington, D.C., region. The 2013 list, which includes both private employers and government agencies, will appear in the magazine’s December issue.

“I am pleased that GAO has again ranked among Washingtonian’s 50 Great Places to Work,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “GAO works hard to remain an employer of choice, and it is very gratifying that our workplace has earned a place on Washingtonian’s latest list.”

Published every other year since 1999, Washingtonian’s list includes organizations of different sizes from various sectors, such as the federal government, private industry, and nonprofit groups. Winners were chosen after a panel of editors reviewed more than 200 companies and some 13,000 employee surveys. According to the magazine the final determinations relied heavily on the scores given by a company's employees, and winning workplaces were chosen on the basis of measures that included challenging and interesting work and great work/life balance. GAO was also on the list in 2011.

Earlier this year, O.C. Tanner, a company that develops employee recognition programs, cited GAO in its article, “Top 10 Coolest Companies to Work for in Washington, D.C.” Last year, GAO was second overall among mid-size federal agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s ratings of the best places to work in the federal government.

For questions about GAO, please contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at (202) 512-4800.

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The Government Accountability Office, known as the investigative arm of Congress, is an independent, nonpartisan agency that exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. GAO also works to improve the performance of the federal government and ensure its accountability to the American people. The agency examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and policies; and provides analyses, recommendations, and other assistance to help Congress make informed oversight, policy, and funding decisions. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonideological, fair, and balanced. GAO’s commitment to good government is reflected in its core values of accountability, integrity, and reliability.