Strategic Planning

GAO’s Strategic Plan for Serving the Congress and the Nation, 2018-2023

Every 4 years, GAO publishes a strategic plan for serving the Congress that considers the full scope of operations of the federal government, as well as emerging and future trends that may affect the government and society as a whole.

This plan, presented in the three documents outlined below, describes our goals and strategies to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to ultimately improve the safety, security, and well-being of the American people.

Goals, Efforts, and Trends

We invite you to explore the three components of GAO’s 2018-2023 strategic plan:

  1. Our Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives form the foundation of the plan and outline our long-term strategies and goals.
  2. Our plan’s Key Efforts detail the near-term priorities and substantial bodies of work we believe will contribute to the accomplishment of our performance goals. Over time, we may update these key efforts, as appropriate, to reflect shifts in congressional priorities and our expected areas of work.
  3. Trends Affecting Government and Society provide the strategic context for our plan through an exploration of eight trends having a major impact on the nation and its government. This includes emerging issues in global and national security, the federal government’s fiscal condition, demographics, science and technology, and preparing the workforce of the future. Foresight tools like trend analysis are essential to help inform our decision making and long-term planning to serve the Congress.

Read more about the Strategic Plan and its components in our press release.