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GAO United States
General Accounting Office
Washington, D.C. 20548
of the United States
The President of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
Since 1990, GAO has periodically reported on government
operations that we have identified as "high risk" because
of their greater vulnerabilities to waste, fraud, abuse, and
mismanagement. This effort, which was supported by the
Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the
House Committee on Government Reform, brought a
much-needed focus on problems that are costing the
government billions of dollars. To help, GAO has made
hundreds of recommendations to improve these high-risk
Overall, agencies are taking these problems seriously and
making progress in trying to correct them. The Congress
has acted to address individual high-risk areas through
hearings and legislation. Moreover, these high-risk
problems contributed to the Congress enacting a series of
governmentwide reforms to strengthen financial
management, improve information technology practices,
and instill a more results-oriented government.
GAO'S high-risk status reports are now provided at the
start of each new Congress. This update should help the
106th Congress in crafting its oversight and legislative
agenda. While progress has been made in correcting
high-risk problems, sustained attention by the Congress
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United States. General Accounting Office. High-Risk Series: An Update, text, January 1, 1999; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292402/m1/3/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.