Summary of GAO's Performance and Accountability Report: Fiscal Year 2013   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the letter of the Comptroller General: "I am pleased to present GAO's [Government Accountability Office] performance and accountability report for fiscal year 2013. GAO's mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. During the past fiscal year, our work yielded significant results across the government; for example, we documented $51.5 billion in financial benefits for the federal government--a return of about $100 for every dollar invested in us. We also recorded 1,314 other program and operational benefits across the government in the areas of public safety and security, program efficiency and effectiveness, public insurance and benefits, acquisition and contract management, tax law administration, and business process and management. We received requests for our work from 95 percent of the standing committees of the Congress and almost two-thirds of their subcommittees. We issued 709 reports, made 1,430 new recommendations in this fiscal year, and 79 percent or 1,438 of the recommendations that we made during the past 4 years were implemented. Our senior officials also testified at 114 hearings on key topics, such as personnel security clearances, information technology investments, the U.S. Postal Service's financial condition, and veterans' health care. Additionally, the findings of our work were often cited in House and Senate deliberations and committee reports to support congressional action, including improving federal programs on our high risk list; addressing duplication, overlap, and fragmentation; and reviewing border security and immigration issues."

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