Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018     Views: 1

The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO or G.A.O.) is an independent agency. GAO performs special audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs. The GAO's findings and recommendations are published as a "Report to Congress," often referred to as GAO Reports. 

All publicly released GAO reports, beginning with FY 1975, are available on the GAO website.

The Law Library collects select GAO reports in print.

  • Pre-1980 reports are cataloged individually and can be searched by title in the MLaw Library Catalog
  • 1980-2000, select GAO reports are on fiche (MICRO 10-S211). To access reports on fiche you need to know the GAO report number. If you lack this number, use the following finding aids: 


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