GAO gets latest report on performance

Agency said its fiscal 2010 recommendations saved taxpayers $50B

The Government Accountability Office met nearly all its internal performance goals in fiscal 2010, Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro has said.

The performance goals included generating $50 billion in financial benefits in fiscal 2010, of which approximately 53 percent was due to GAO-recommended changes in laws and regulations, Dodaro said, adding that amount exceeded the agency’s target of $42 billion in those savings.

“We monitored how well we performed our work and supported our staff using 15 annual performance measures,” Dodaro wrote in the GAO Performance and Accountability Report 2010 released Nov. 16. “The results of our efforts are reflected in our solid performance in fiscal year 2010 — we met or exceeded all but one of the performance targets we set.”


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The specific savings measured included $3.7 billion for canceling the Army's Manned Ground Vehicle in the Future Combat System, $3.5 billion from eliminating seller-funded assistance in Federal Housing Administration mortgages and $2.8 billion saved in reducing federal crop insurance, the report said.

GAO also met its goals for measures such as number of non-financial recommendations made, timeliness of congressional reports submitted and rate of staff retention, the report said.

The only measure in which the GAO said it fell short was in being asked to testify at congressional hearings 192 times, fewer than the projected number of 220 times, during the year.

GAO also was given a clean financial report by auditors for fiscal 2010, Dodaro wrote of his organization.

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