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GAO Performance and Accountability Highlights 2006
Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker
I am now more than halfway through my 15-year tenure as Comp-
troller General of the United States. As time has passed, I have
become more impressed with the breadth and quality of GAO's
work, the ability and commitment of our staff, and the positive im-
pact GAO's products and activities have on the economy, efficiency,
effectiveness, and equity of federal programs supporting Americans
everywhere. We strive each year to provide our client-the Con-
gress-with the objective, fact-based, and reliable information it
needs to improve the accountability of the federal government, and
on the basis of our performance outcomes and the feedback we
received from the Congress, we definitely accomplished this goal
again in fiscal year 2006.
We generally exceeded the targets we set for all of our performance
measures that indicate our ability to produce results for the nation.
I am extremely proud to say that we helped the federal government
achieve a total of $51 billion in financial benefits-a record high
for us that represents a $105 return on every dollar the Congress
invested in us. As a result of our work we also documented 1,342
nonfinancial benefits that like our financial benefits, helped to
improve services to the public, change laws, and transform govern-
ment operations. Our client-focused performance measures indicate
that the Congress valued our work and was very pleased with it
overall. For example, senior GAO executives and I delivered tes-
timonies at 240 hearings covering a range of topics, including the
tax gap and tax reform, U.S. border security, Iraq and Hurricane
Katrina activities, and issues affecting the health and pay of military
servicemembers. Our testimonies significantly surpassed the fiscal
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Performance and Accountability Highlights Fiscal Year 2006, text, January 30, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc295188/m1/3/: accessed February 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.