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I am pleased to present the highlights of GAO's performance and accountability report, which combines our assessment of what we were able to accomplish in fiscal year 2000 with our plans for continued progress through fiscal year 2002.
Looking back at last year, I am proud to say that we served the Congress and the American people well.
Our work resulted in a number of significant improvements to government that will benefit all Americans. Among other things, by acting on our recommendations, the government improved public health and safety, strengthened national security, better protected consumers, and improved its financial management and information systems.
We also contributed critical information to public debates on Social Security and Medicare reform and called attention to looming problems such as the security of government computer systems and the knowledge and skills needed in the federal workforce in coming years. Taxpayers benefited from the near-record $23 billion in savings identified through our work-a $61 return on every dollar invested in GAO.
I am particularly pleased that we were able to achieve these results in the midst of significant change within GAO. After completing our first strategic plan last year, we realigned our organization to better meet our goals and objectives, and we began to institute new ways of doing business. We also gained new legislative authorities that will help us address our human capital requirements and help ensure that GAO remains prepared to meet the Congress's needs in the future.
These needs are formidable. The nation's leaders are faced with a range of complex, controversial, and multidimensional issues that require a more strategic, long-range, and integrated perspective than in the past. Looking toward fiscal year 2002, we believe the work we plan to undertake and our efforts to become a model agency will help the Congress address those challenges.
we move ahead, we look forward to the continued support of the Congress
and to working even more closely with Members and their staffs. Their
support--and the dedication and commitment of our GAO team--are the
driving forces behind our continued success in serving the Congress
and the American people.