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GAO Performance and Accountability Highlights 2006
year 2006 target we set as well as our actual performance over the
last 4 years, and 92 percent of the congressional staff responding to
our client feedback survey either strongly or generally agreed that
our testimonies and written products were delivered on time to
them. Though we were 6 percentage points shy of our timeliness
target, we will continue our quest to improve the timeliness of our
products. In addition, we also met or exceeded four of our eight
performance measures that gauge how well we developed, chal-
lenged, and managed our workforce.
I am also proud that we received a clean opinion from an external,
independent auditor on our financial statements. I am confident
that the performance information and the financial data included
in our full performance and accountability report and this high-
lights booklet are complete and reliable.
Reflecting on fiscal year 2006, I am reminded how often our work
has focused on the major issues affecting this nation, such as the
federal government's efforts to relieve the suffering and recover
from the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and improve
disaster preparedness and coordination for the future. In fiscal year
2006 we issued over 30 reports and testimonies related to disaster
preparedness, response, and reconstruction. In numerous reports
and testimonies, we also examined how the federal government
funded and fought the global war on terrorism and the war in Iraq;
managed the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare enrollees; and
safeguarded sensitive information systems to protect U.S. citi-
zens from the unauthorized use of their Social Security numbers,
passports, and other personal information. In these and other areas
of our work-some of which are highlighted on page 8-millions
of average Americans benefited from our recommendations that
were subsequently implemented by various federal agencies and the
We worked hard in fiscal year 2006 to help members of the Con-
gress and the public better understand the trends and challenges
facing the United States and its position in the world and to grasp
the long-term and collateral implications of current policy paths.
Through a number of reports, testimonies, presentations, and
partnerships, we built on our groundbreaking report called 21st
Century Challenges: Reexamining the Base of the Federal Govern-
ment. This unprecedented effort highlights several demographic,
economic, and other trends-such as longer life spans, slowing
workforce growth, and a large national deficit-that will have a sig-
EFrom the Comptroller General
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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/m1/4/: accessed November 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.