Why Work for GAO

Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable, and responsive.

Returning more than a hundred dollars in savings for every dollar of our budget, we support oversight of taxpayer dollars by:

  • auditing federal spending;
  • investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities;
  • reporting on agency program and policy effectiveness;
  • analyzing policy and outlining options for Congress;
  • issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules.

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GAO – The Congressional Watchdog

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Our People are Our Strength

We strive for a workplace that values, respects, and treats all employees fairly and a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion.

GAO’s support of diversity has been top-ranked among mid-sized federal agencies since 2011, and has ranked in the top 5 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government every year since 2005

Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

GAO People Values

Work/life balance offerings include

  • flexible work schedules
  • teleworking opportunities
  • continuous learning
  • formal mentoring and development programs
  • a pay system that rewards performance

Our Work Takes Us Everywhere

GAO has around 3,000 employees. Our 11 field offices and headquarters in Washington, DC, position us to cover whatever the government has done, is doing, or thinking about doing anywhere in the world. GAO work spans the entire federal government.

Read more about our locations and our teams.

When We Talk, Others Listen

GAO is integral to government decision making. We make hundreds of recommendations each year, testify frequently at congressional hearings, and are cited regularly in the national press. On average, roughly 80% of our recommenda­tions are implemented over a four-year period, improving government services and saving billions of taxpayer dollars annually.