Gretta L. Goodwin

Director, Homeland Security and Justice

Areas of Expertise:

  • Justice issues and the federal judiciary
  • Law Enforcement, federal prisons, and vulnerable populations

Gretta L. Goodwin is a Director in GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice team, where she leads GAO’s work on justice and law enforcement issues. The portfolio includes Department of Justice grants, firearms, the federal judiciary, federal prisons, the Secret Service, justice issues, and vulnerable populations. She has led reviews on DNA evidence backlogs, Pell Grants for incarcerated students, juvenile justice issues for Native American youth, prohibited purchasers of firearms, criminal aliens statistics, human trafficking, federal criminal restitution, background checks for gun purchases involving domestic violence records, federal data on sexual violence, Bureau of Prisons inmate health care costs, and the Capitol Police Board.

Gretta joined GAO in August 1998 and has worked on a range of issues, including Social Security reform, disability, women in the workforce, the H-1B visa program, polling place accessibility during the 2000 election, Davis-Bacon wage setting, the DC school voucher program, 529 college savings plans, and contingent workers in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Gretta earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Houston. She has been an instructor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, where she taught graduate classes in public policy analysis as well as the economics of public policy decision-making.


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