This book presents case studies that deal with a question of growing concern in the American body politic—how to achieve accountability in American government. The cases deal with the agency that has the primary responsibility for assuring such accountability, the General Accounting Office.
Introduction Part 1: Program Results 1. The National Grain Inspection System 2. The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor 3. The GAO and the Consumer: The Need for Better Food Labeling 4. The Federal Programs for Education of the Handicapped 5. The Airborne Warning and Control System 6. FBI Domestic Intelligence Operations: Two Perspectives 7. Federal Supervision of State and National Banks 8. Crime in Federal Recreation Areas Part 2: Economy and Efficiency 9. Seeking to Improve the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program 10. Rural Post Offices 11. Management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 12. National Direct Student Loan Program Review Part 3: Accounting and Financial 13. Travel Voucher Audit (1952) 14. Commodity Credit Corporation Audit (1949) 15. Review of the Government's Accounts Receivable 16. Review of Department of Defense Accounting System for Foreign Military Sales 17. Bureau of Land Management Accounting System Part 4: Legal 18. Bid Protest: Lockheed and the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motors 19. Payment of Intervenors' Expenses in Agency Regulatory Proceedings Part 5: Special Studies 20. Evaluation of the National Energy Plan 21. Financing the Big Apple: The GAO Review of New York City's Fiscal Crisis 22. The Seizure of the S.S. Mayaguez 23. Financial Status of Major Systems Acquisitions Part 6: Mini-Cases 24. Selection of Family-planning Service Grantees in Region VIII 25. U.S. Air Force Career Pamphlet 26. Slow Progress in Developing and Implementing a National Dam Safety Program 27. Survey Results of the CSC's Procedures and Processes Used in Hiring Clerical and Technical Employees 28. Settlement of Claims: Six Cases