GAO

Definition

Government Accountability Office. The arm of Congress that investigates the performance of the federal government. GAO evaluates the use of public funds and the performance of federal programs, while also providing analytical, investigative and legal services in order to support to Congress in its policy formulation and decision making processes. Most GAO reports are initiated at the request of Congress, while some are initiated by the agency itself or are required by law. Until 2004, GAO stood for General Accounting Office.

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If you are going to be doing any business you need to make sure you are doing something the GAO will approve of.

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I liked the GAO because it would investigate the performance of the federal government, which I didn't like at all.

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I hope that when the GAO publishes its report this year on federal spending, that we will have significantly decreased the deficit once and for all.

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