Budget Counsel Reference Directory

Government Accountability Office (GAO)


The General Accounting Office was established by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Later renamed the Government Accountability Office, the mission of this office is to serve as support agency to the U.S. Congress and act as an accounting office for the Federal Government, both in overseeing the administration of programs and the efficient use of budgetary resources.

GAO defines its mission as follows:

Our Mission is 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. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.

GAO Glossary Documents

GAO Reports of the Government Accountability Office

GAO Principles of Appropriation Law (Red Books)

Comptrollers of the United States

Current Comptroller of the United States (Gene Dodaro)

History of the GAO

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory  Board  (FASAB)

GAO Main Page

GAO Website – Reports and Testimony (GAO Link)

GAO Testimony – Stabilizing and Rebuilding Iraq (GAO-08-1144T ), September 16, 2008


§021. General Government


§023. Government Publishing Office

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