GAO Reports

caplogoLooking for in-depth analysis of a federal program you’ve heard about in the news? Then you’ll be really pleased to discover the reports issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Sometimes referred to as the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

Some recent GAO Reports include:

Operation Iraqi Freedom: Preliminary Observations on DOD Planning for the Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq GAO-10-179, November 2, 2009

Federal Student Aid: Highlights of a Study Group on Simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid GAO-10-29, October 29, 2009

Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Officials Make More Informed Decisions GAO-10-175T, October 22, 2009

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Employment Discrimination: Overview of State Statutes and Complaint Data GAO-10-135R, October 1, 2009

Biofuels: Potential Effects and Challenges of Required Increases in Production and Use GAO-09-446, August 25, 2009

Health Insurance: Enrollment, Benefits, Funding, and Other Characteristics of State High-Risk Health Insurance Pools GAO-09-730R, July 22, 2009

Many of these reports are in Gleeson Library’s catalog, “Ignacio.” You can also find them on GAO’s website.

Find out more about Gleeson Library’s government information collection by visiting our homepage or contacting Carol Spector (the Government Information Librarian) at

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