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What GAO Found GAO began 37 new audits that involved the Department of Defense (DOD) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. Of GAO's 37 requested entrance conferences for those audits, DOD scheduled 33 within 14 days and held 34 within 30 days of GAO's notification.
Presented is GAO's Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2020. In the spirit of the Government Performance and Results Act, this annual report informs the Congress and the American people about what we have achieved on their behalf.
This report supersedes GAO-06-394SP, GAO's International Protocols, January 2006. This document contains the protocols governing the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) work that has international components or implications.
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FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET REQUEST U.S. Government Accountability Office In fiscal year (FY) 2019, GAO’s work yielded a record $214.7 billion in financial benefits, a return of about $338 for every dollar invested in GAO.
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