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Presidential and Congressional Transition

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Additional Resources for Transition Staff


If you’re new to GAO or just need a refresher, we’ve compiled some of our best resources right here for you. Our signature reports look at large, government- or agency-wide issues. We’ve also included links for browsing our reports and a tool that helps you find and contact a GAO expert.

High Risk

High RiskThis is a list of programs and operations that are ‘high risk’ due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or that need transformation. The list is issued every 2 years at the start of each new session of Congress and has led to more than $350 billion in financial benefits to the federal government in the past 13 years. Next update: February 2021.


Priority Recommendations

Priority RecommendationsImplementing our Priority Recommendations can save a lot of money, help Congress and federal managers make decisions on major issues, and substantially improve or change programs or agencies. The problems we’ve identified and these recommendations can help officials and managers prioritize in order to meet current and future challenges. Next update: Late Spring 2021.


The Nation’s Fiscal Health

America's Fiscal FutureThis annual report provides information on the government’s unsustainable fiscal path and its primary drivers, growing fiscal pressures that could further strain the federal budget, the importance of moving to a sustainable fiscal path and the need for a new approach to managing the debt. This report is part of our larger collection on America’s Fiscal Future, which also discusses state and local government fiscal conditions. Next update: Early 2021.


Duplication and Cost Savings

Duplication, Overlap & FragmentationThis annual report provides information on opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication, as well as reduce costs and increase revenue for the federal government. This work has helped generate financial benefits to the government approaching half a trillion dollars. Next update: Spring 2021.



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