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Why GAO?

GAO employees make a difference every day by providing Congress and federal agencies with objective, nonpartisan, fact-based information to help the government save money and work more efficiently on a wide range of issues and topics. Our work has national and international impact. We talk directly to the decision makers who can improve government and implement change.

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You may have heard of us, but do you know what we do?

At GAO, we strive for a workplace that values, respects, and treats all employees fairly.  Our commitment to collaboration, accountability, and a sense of community make GAO a great place to work— many of the reasons why GAO was last year named the best place to work among mid-size agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s annual list of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.   

Interested in working for GAO? You can view our current job vacancies on

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Am I Qualified?

All applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet minimum qualifications based on the position. 

Minimum qualifications for GAO positions generally include an educational requirement, or a certain number of years of work experience or a combination of work experience, and education based on the specific position and band level. Depending on the position and band level, specialized work or education may be required to meet the unique expectations for the job.

GAO uses a different grade scale than the General Schedule scale used by most other federal agencies, learn more about GAO’s established pay systems.

More information on qualifications can be found on individual job postings under “Requirements” on

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Company Culture

GAO strives to be a world class organization by fostering a work environment where all employees are valued, respected, and treated fairly. Organizational policies and practices support a healthy work/life balance through flexible schedules, robust telework opportunities, and many workplace amenities. We work in teams and value collaboration.

We are proud that our employees are major drivers of agency diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts with active involvement and leadership from senior management. Each of our mission teams has a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, and we have well over a dozen agency-wide employee groups, such as:

  • Advisory Council for People with Disabilities
  • Asian American Liaison Group
  • Blacks in Government
  • Diversity Advisory Council
  • GAO LGBTQA Employee Association
  • Hispanic Liaison Group
  • Reaching Out to Help Others Community Service Group
  • Veterans of the Armed Forces

Most analysts, specialists, and operations staff at GAO have union representation. They are represented by the GAO Employees Organization, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 1921.

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Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants

GAO is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to its employees and applicants for employment to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal access to all employment opportunities and have the opportunity to perform to their fullest potential. 

To request a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process, please contact the Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator at 202-512-7360, or send an email to

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