GAO Receives 'Clean Opinion' from International Peer Review

Posted on September 12, 2014
GAO has received a “clean opinion”—the best review possible—from an independent international peer review team that closely examined the agency’s quality assurance system. This year’s review cited GAO’s institutional structures and organizational culture for clearly prioritizing quality and independence, values that GAO conveys to its staff as soon as they join the agency. “Speaking for my GAO colleagues, I am delighted that we have once again received a clean opinion from the international peer review team,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States the head of the GAO.  “GAO is known for its independence, objectivity, and reliability.  Clean opinions provide Congress and the public with outside confirmation that our reputation for high-quality work is justified.” GAO has consistently received clean opinions from its independent peer reviews, which are conducted every three years by a multinational team of auditors. These reviews scrutinize the quality control system that national audit offices such as GAO use to produce performance and financial audits. Read the full release here.