The Government Accountability Office, also called GAO, is a government agency that monitors and audits government spending. The GAO tracks how the legislative and executive branches of the government use tax-payer dollars and then reports the findings directly to Congress. The Comptroller General serves as head of the GAO.

Government Accountability Office (Wikipedia)
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Government Accountability Office
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Seal of the Government Accountability Office
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Logo of the Government Accountability Office
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Flag of the Government Accountability Office
Agency overview
Formed July 1, 1921
Headquarters 441 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20548
Employees 3,350 (2010)
Annual budget $557 million (2011)
Agency executive
Website gao.gov
Footnotes
Measurable benefits of GAO work total $49.9 billion, a return of $87 for every dollar invested; at the end of FY 2010, over 80% of the GAO recommendations made in FY 2006 had been implemented.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the United States Congress. It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States.

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