Congressional Oversight:

The General Accounting Office

T-OPP-94-1: Published: Oct 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1993.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO discussed its accomplishments, current operations, and future mission, focusing on: (1) its workload, productivity, and impact on policymaking; (2) operational improvements; and (3) recent policy and procedural changes. GAO noted that: (1) the volume of GAO products has increased by 44 percent over the last 2 years; (2) completed congressional assignments have more than doubled since 1985; (3) in 1992, it nearly doubled the number of recommendations it made during 1985; (4) its work often results in significant financial benefits to the American taxpayer; (5) many of its recommendations have resulted in improvements in government operations and services; (6) it has made over 400 specific recommendations directed at improving the management practices of executive agencies; (7) its identification of federal agencies' internal control and accounting system problems has led to the passage of major legislation; (8) it created the Office of Special Investigations to respond to alleged criminal law violations; (9) it has undertaken several initiatives to realign its organization; (10) it has centralized its recruitment activities within one office; (11) it has made a substantial investment in training for all of its employees; (12) it supports an affirmative action program that results in a representative workforce; (13) it has undertaken several plans to integrate information technology and total quality management into its organization; (14) it has changed some of its policies in response to concerns about its objectivity;; and (15) a large reduction in its workforce could jeopardize the quality of its work.

Nov 16, 2020

Mar 11, 2020

Feb 27, 2020

Nov 19, 2019

Apr 10, 2019

Nov 15, 2018

Apr 25, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

Feb 22, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here