GAO: Working for Good Government Since 1921
This article, written by the agency's historian to commemorate GAO's 80th anniversary, shows how the agency's leaders and employees have adapted to changing times over the years.
Effective July 7, 2004, the GAO's legal name became the Government Accountability Office. The change, which better reflects the modern professional services organization GAO has become, is a provision of the GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-271, 118 Stat. 811 (2004). This article was published in 2001 to mark GAO's 80th anniversary. It refers to the agency by its original name, the U.S. General Accounting Office.
- Chapter 1, Introduction
- Chapter 2, John R. McCarl: A Tenacious Financial Watchdog, 1921-1936
- Chapter 3, Lindsay C. Warren: Challenges and Change, 1940-1945
- Chapter 4, The Shift to Comprehensive Auditing, 1945-1954
- Chapter 5, Joseph Campbell: Economy and Efficiency Audits, 1954-1965
- Chapter 6, Elmer B. Staats: Broadening GAO's Work, 1966-1981
- Chapter 7, Charles A. Bowsher: Expanding GAO's Work and Improving Federal Financial Management, 1981-1996
- Chapter 8, David M. Walker: Supporting Congress and Making GAO a Model Organization for the Government, 1998 to 2008