September 16, 2003

Oversight at GAO: What Lies Ahead for Congress' Watchdog?

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Summary

In this testimony, Maurice McTigue discusses the current and future role for the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). GAO is the accountability office of the federal government. As such, it investigates the widest range of government activity, while seeking to establish propriety in the business of government. Because it serves to protect public confidence, GAO must maintain the highest standards of credibility in what it does. GAO does perform extremely well in this area, but there are some improvements it could make and some future challenges to confront.