To support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair and balanced.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Field Offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Huntsville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Norfolk and Seattle.
The Government Accountability Office ranked 2nd out of agencies in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings with an index score of 81.6.
GAO’s recruitment and outreach programs seek to attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. For example, GAO has a robust entry level recruitment program that includes established relationships with more than 50 universities and colleges across the United States, an online job application form, and a fall and summer job announcement to identify top candidates throughout the year. GAO has a comprehensive student intern program that serves as a valuable pipeline for future entry-level hires. These 10 to 16 week internships enhance the agency’s ability to attract high-quality and diverse students for possible permanent employment. GAO also uses incentives (e.g., the student loan repayment, recruitment bonuses, transit benefits) to successfully compete for top talent. In addition, GAO’s recruitment and outreach efforts include partnerships with professional organizations and associations with members from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the federal workforce, such as the American Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, National Association of Black Accountants and National Black MBA Association, and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council. In addition, a key strategy in our campus recruitment program is the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel (EAP). The EAP meets annually at GAO's Washington headquarters and comprises nearly 30 distinguished deans and professors from colleges and universities nationwide, as well as representatives from professional organizations. The panel members—who provide advice to GAO on recruiting strategies, best practices, and emerging human capital issues and trends on attracting, hiring and retaining a diverse talented workforce—are among the people closest to, and most knowledgeable about, the candidates on campuses seeking public sector opportunities.
During FY 2007 and 2008, approximately $484,000 was given in recruitment bonuses and over $3.7 million in student loan repayments.
Over the next several years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) may hire over 500 staff members from a variety of academic disciplines that include accounting, economics, engineering, information technology, law, public policy and public administration, and the social and physical sciences. GAO expects the majority of its hires to be entry level analysts and specialists. In addition, GAO plans to hire upper level analysts and specialists (e.g., auditors, economists, information technology specialists, statisticians) to address succession planning needs, as well as critical administrative and professional staff (e.g., human capital, information management, budget, contract management). Hiring will be primarily for positions in Washington, D.C. with some positions also available in GAO field locations.
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Designed to help a broad audience of job seekers, policy makers and agency leaders, Where the Jobs Are identifies nearly 273,000 mission-critical employment opportunities that will be available in the federal government from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2012.