Mission Teams

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 15 teams of analysts, financial auditors, and specialists who work on reports and other products that help us achieve our mission.

Applied Research and Methods

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.

Learn more about career opportunities with ARM (PDF, 2 pages).

Contracting and National Security Acquisitions

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.

Defense Capabilities and Management

DCM leads the agency’s efforts to support congressional oversight of the Department of Defense as it modernizes and transforms its forces to address diverse threats.

Education, Workforce, and Income Security

EWIS assists Congress by evaluating programs to educate, employ, protect, and support American families.

Financial Management and Assurance

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.

Learn more about working for this team (PDF, 2 pages).

Financial Markets and Community Investment

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.

Learn more about working for this team (PDF, 2 pages).

Forensic Audits and Investigative Service

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.

Health Care

HC supports congressional oversight of federal health care programs, ensuring that they provide access to quality care, protect the public, and remain fiscally sustainable.

Learn more about our work on Health Care.

Homeland Security and Justice

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.

Information Technology and Cybersecurity

ITC 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.

Learn more about career opportunities with ITC (PDF, 2 pages).

International Affairs and Trade

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.

Natural Resources and Environment

NRE supports Congress as it considers issues related to natural resources and the environment that affect the lives of the American people on a daily basis.

Physical Infrastructure

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.

Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics

We established 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
  • reviewing 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

GAO: Science and Technology at GAO


Read more in our January 29, 2019 press release. For a more detailed look at the new team, see the plan and timeline sent to Congress (PDF, 32 pages). This document summarizes relevant trends, explains the new team’s structure, and describes the team’s operations and areas it will cover. Learn more about career opportunities with STAA (PDF, 2 pages).

Strategic Issues

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.

Operational Teams

Our workforce also includes offices that provide operational support to GAO as it accomplishes its mission.

Audit Policy and Quality Assurance

Assists the Comptroller General, Chief Operating Officer, and mission teams in ensuring that GAO's products and services are of the highest quality.

Chief Administrative Office

Oversees operations for the agency and collaborates with all operations units to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Congressional Relations

Fosters and maintains liaisons with congressional committees, Members of Congress, and congressional staff.

Continuous Process Improvement

Oversees implementation of enterprise-wide continuous process improvement initiatives.

Field Operations

Provides services and assistance for staff in GAO’s 11 field offices and supports agency-wide business processes, such as travel, training, and timekeeping.

Human Capital Office

Oversees pay and benefits, employee relations, and diversity & inclusion efforts.

Infrastructure Operations

Manages GAO’s facilities, maintains records and privacy, and oversees security & emergency planning. Learn more about career opportunities with Infrastructure Operations (PDF, 2 pages).

Information Systems and Technology Services

Involved in managing information systems and providing technology services that allow GAO to accomplish its mission.

Financial Management and Business Operations

Provides business and operations support, including budget planning, procurement, and internal controls.

Learning Center

Offers in-house training courses, job aids, and other resources to promote career-long learning and growth.

Professional Development Program

Manages the hiring, training, and evaluation of all entry-level staff.  Learn more about career opportunities with the Professional Development Program (PDF, 2 pages).

Office of the General Counsel

Attorneys at GAO provide several types of legal support to further the agency’s mission.

Learn more about our legal work and legal careers.

Office of the Inspector General

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.

Read more about the Office of the Inspector General.

Office of Opportunity & Inclusiveness

Helps promote and maintain a work environment that is fair, unbiased, and inclusive.

Office of Public Affairs

Maximizes the impact of GAO’s messages and coordinates all of the agency’s external communications.

Strategic Planning and External Liaison

Helps GAO strategically focus its work by building relationships, sharing knowledge, facilitating innovation, and strengthening capacity of domestic and international accountability partners.