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.
Seal of the Government Accountability Office
Logo of the Government Accountability Office
Flag of the Government Accountability Office
|Formed||July 1, 1921|
|Headquarters||441 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20548
|Annual budget||$557 million (2011)|
|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.