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GAO Performance and Accountability Highlights 2006
ment contracts associated with the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and
the war in Iraq.
* We issued the third edition of volume
II of The Principles of Federal Ap-
propriations Law, commonly known
as the Red Book. The Red Book is
considered the primary resource in
the federal financial community.
One way we measure our effect on im-
proving the government's accountability,
operations, and services is by tracking
the percentage of recommendations that
we made 4 years ago that have since
been implemented. At the end of fiscal
year 2006, 82 percent of the recom-
mendations we made in fiscal year 2002
had been implemented, primarily by
executive branch agencies. Putting these
recommendations into practice will
generate tangible benefits for the nation
in the years ahead.
New Products Containing
This year, about 65 percent of the 672
written products we issued (excluding
testimonies) contained recommenda-
tions. We track the percentage of new
products with recommendations because
we want to encourage staff to develop
recommendations that when imple-
mented by the Congress and agencies,
produce financial and nonfinancial
benefits for the nation. However, by
setting our target at 60 percent, we rec-
ognize that our products do not always
include recommendations and that the
Congress and agencies often find such
informational reports just as useful as
those that contain recommendations.
Our informational reports have the same
analytical rigor and meet the same qual-
ity standards as those with recommenda-
tions and, similarly, can help to bring
about significant financial and nonfinan-
cial benefits. Hence, this measure allows
us ample leeway to respond to requests
that result in reports without recommen-
To fulfill the Congress's information
needs, we strive to deliver the results
of our work orally as well as in writing
when our clients need it.
Our clients often invite us to testify on
our current and past work when it ad-
dresses issues that congressional commit-
tees are examining through the hearing
process. During fiscal year 2006, experts
from our staff testified at 240 congres-
sional hearings covering a wide range
of complex issues. For example, our
senior executives testified on a variety of
issues, including freight rail rates, AIDS
assistance programs, and federal con-
tracting. (See page 22 for a summary of
issues we testified on by strategic goal in
fiscal year 2006.) Over 100 of the hear-
ings where we testified were related to
high-risk areas and programs (see p. 42
in our full fiscal year 2006 performance
and accountability report). In fiscal year
2006, we significantly exceeded our
target of testimonies at 210 hearings by
14 percent and surpassed our perfor-
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