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High Risk Series: GAO's High-Risk Program

GAO-06-497T Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
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GAO audits and evaluations identify federal programs and operations that in some cases are high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Increasingly, GAO also has identified high-risk areas that are in need of broad-based transformations to address major economy, efficiency, or effectiveness challenges. Since 1990 with each new Congress, GAO has reported on its high-risk list. GAO's most recent update, in January 2005, presented the 109th Congress with the latest status of existing and new high-risk areas warranting attention by both the Congress and the administration. Lasting solutions to high-risk problems offer the potential to save billions of dollars, dramatically improve service to the American public, strengthen public confidence and trust in the performance and accountability of our national government, and ensure the ability of government to deliver on its promises.

Below are the reports in this series:

High-Risk Series: An Update GAO-05-207, January 2005

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High-Risk Series: GAO’s High-Risk Program GAO-06-497T, March 15, 2006

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