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GAO presented a brief history of the first 70 years of GAO, focusing on: (1) the expanding role of GAO in the federal government; (2) its evolution from a voucher-checking staff to one of the most respected audit organizations in the world; and (3) its values and cultures. GAO conducted this work as part of its program to record key government official's observations and impressions and ensure that the bases for policy decisions and other important events are systematically recorded for posterity.

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