GAO’s mission is to serve the Congress and the American people by collecting, analyzing, and reporting on information about federal programs and services. We have 14 teams of analysts, financial auditors, and specialists who work on reports and other products that help us achieve our mission.
ARM provides technical and specialist expertise that supports and extends the work of other GAO teams. Their work contributes to the overall quality of the information GAO supplies to Congress and federal agencies.
CNSA helps Congress determine whether funds appropriated for sophisticated weaponry, complex space and satellite systems, advanced technologies, and a broad range of goods and services are being spent efficiently and effectively. They also help the federal government adopt better ways of buying systems, equipment, and services.
FMA helps improve and transform the federal government's financial management and operations to meet existing and emerging critical accountability challenges and ensure stewardship of financial resources.
FMCI helps ensure that U.S. financial markets function smoothly and effectively. They also assess the effectiveness of federal initiatives aimed at small businesses, state and local governments, and communities.
FAIS provides Congress with high-quality forensic audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse; other special investigations; and security and vulnerability assessments. This team also manages FraudNet, an online system for the public to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds.
HSJ assists Congress by researching and analyzing issues in securing the nation and its critical infrastructure against terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, and disasters. This team also reviews law enforcement and judiciary issues to more effectively address crime.
IT assists Congress in assessing and improving the government’s substantial IT investments and develops best practice methodologies that are used across government to guide IT investment decision making. This team also seeks to improve how the government collects and manages its information and to better protect the security and privacy of government data.
IAT analyzes the effectiveness and management of U.S. foreign aid programs, evaluates the efficiency and accountability of the United Nations and related multilateral organizations, and assesses the strategies used to manage U.S. foreign affairs functions and activities. IAT also reviews how effective federal agencies are in achieving international security objectives, combating international terrorism, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
PI helps Congress, federal agencies, and the public address challenges within the U.S. infrastructure. They examine transportation systems, telecommunications networks, oil and gas pipelines, and federal facilities.
We will establish the STAA team in January 2019 to enhance our existing technology and science functions. The new team will expand our support to Congress by:
conducting technology assessments and providing technical services to Members and their staff
auditing science and technology programs and initiatives to assist in oversight of federal investments in research, development, and advanced manufacturing
compiling and utilizing best practices in engineering sciences, including cost, schedule, and technology readiness assessments
establishing an audit innovation lab to explore, pilot, and deploy new advanced analytic capabilities, conduct research in information assurance, and explore emerging technologies that will impact future audit practices
SI focuses on the federal government’s role in achieving national goals in an increasingly networked environment and its ability to deliver and ensure accountability for meaningful results.
Conducts audits of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to improve agency economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; investigates allegations of potential fraud, waste, and mismanagement in GAO's operations.