Some time ago Holden encouraged me to develop an obsession and so finally I introduce Scout’s Obsession with the GAO. That’s the U.S. Government Accountability Office. I doubt it will be a daily obsession but between the GAO and my intention to include inspector general reports who knows. So what does the GAOdo?…
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is often called the “congressional watchdog” because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
GAO gathers information to help Congress determine how well executive branch agencies are doing their jobs. GAO’s work routinely answers such basic questions as whether government programs are meeting their objectives or providing good service to the public. Ultimately, GAO ensures that government is accountable to the American people.
— $474.5 million budget
–benefits of GAO work–$39.6 billion or an $83 return on every dollar invested in GAO.
I would consider working at the GAO to be THE government dream job and once you’re finished laughing at my geekitude let’s look at the first edition of Scout’s Obsession with the GAO.