GAO transformation, challenges, and opportunities

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Page 85 - GAO's Mission Obtaining Copies of GAO Reports and Testimony The General Accounting Office, the audit, evaluation and investigative arm of Congress, exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the American people. GAO examines the use of public...
Page 13 - GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.
Page 86 - GAO's Web site ( contains abstracts and fulltext flies of current reports and testimony and an expanding archive of older products. The Web site features a search engine to help you Locate documents using key words and phrases. You can print these documents in their entirety, including charts and other graphics. Each day, GAO issues a...
Page 13 - Our 2QQ3Update added the new high risk issues Implementing and Transforming the New Department of Homeland Security, Modernizing Federal Disability Programs, Federal Real Property, and the Medicaid Program; subsequently, we added the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Single-Employer Insurer Program.
Page 7 - Siloed organizations — burdened with overlapping functions, inefficiencies, and turf battles — will need to become more horizontal and integrated organizations if they expect to make the most of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their people. Internally focused agencies will need to focus GAO-03-1167T externally in order to meet the needs and expectations of their ultimate clients — the American people.
Page 9 - After extensive study, we continued a process that began in 1986 and, as a result of the organizational realignment effort referenced above, further reduced our field offices from 16 to 11. Subsequently, we further restructured our field offices by eliminating the position of regional manager — a Senior Executive Service level position — in the individual field offices and consolidating the remaining field offices into three regions — the eastern region, the central region, and the western...
Page 25 - GAO's risk management approach allows management to identify key stakeholders throughout an engagement, to transcend traditional organizational boundaries, to maximize value, and manage risks in connection with GAO's engagements and other activities. GAO's matrix management approach maximizes our value to the Congress by leveraging the knowledge, skills, and experience of all employees to ensure the highest quality products and services and to help the Congress address the challenging, complex, rapidly...
Page 14 - GAO's evaluators, auditors, lawyers, economists, public policy analysts, information technology specialists, and other multi-disciplinary professionals seek to enhance the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and credibility of the federal government, both in fact and in the eyes of the American public.
Page 71 - For example, we have noted that agencies need to ensure reasonable transparency and provide appropriate accountability mechanisms in connection with the results of the performance management process.
Page 18 - Our Performance and Accountability Series and High Risk Update has proven useful in carrying out our responsibility under the Presidential Transition Act in that it helped serve as a key source of information for the incoming administration and Members of the 107th Congress. In addition, the President's Management Agenda (PMA) for reforming the federal government mirrors many of the management challenges and program risks that GAO reported on in its...

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