This book concerns accountability and the institution initially set up for the purpose of assuring accountability for governmental performance. It enhances understanding of the nature of the General Accounting Office (GAO) as an institution and its role in the American system of government.
Table of Contents
Other Titles of Interest -- Foreword -- Members of the Advisory Panel -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Evolution of the General Accounting Office -- The Antecedents -- The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 -- The First GAO: Voucher Checking and Legal Compliance, 1921–1945 -- The Second GAO: New Directions, 1945–1954 -- The Second GAO: Consolidation and Contract Auditing, 1954–1966 -- The Third GAO: Program Evaluation and Service for Congress, 1966–1978 -- The Third GAO: The Comptroller General as an Independent Official, 1966–1978 -- Emerging Roles of the GAO -- The GAO in the Governmental System -- The Congressional Environment of the GAO -- The GAO, The Executive Branch, and Outside Institutions -- The GAO Today: A View from Inside -- Conclusion: Continuity and Change, Past and Future -- Appendix
Frederick C. Mosher