Government Accountability Office

Government Accountability Office
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Seal of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
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Logo of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
Agency overview
FormedJuly 1, 1921 (1921-07-01)
Headquarters441 G St., NW
Washington, D.C., U.S. 20548
Employees3,015 FTEs (2018)
Annual budget$637 million (FY2019)
Agency executive
Measurable benefits of GAO work total $214.7 billion, a return of $338 for every dollar invested.[1]

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a legislative branch government agency that provides auditing, evaluative, and investigative services for the United States Congress.[2] It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States. It identifies its core "mission values" as: accountability, integrity, and reliability.[3] It is also known as the "congressional watchdog".[4]

  1. ^ "About GAO". Government Accountability Office. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Office of the Comptroller General". United States Government Accountability Office. United States Government Accountability Office.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "GAO Core Values". Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. GAO - About GAO - Overview". Retrieved March 30, 2020.

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