Implementing Solutions: The Importance of Following Through on GAO and OIG Recommendations
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and inspectors general (IGs) play a vital role in enhancing federal government performance, supporting congressional oversight, and serving as “watchdogs” on behalf of American taxpayers. GAO and IG recommendations save billions of tax dollars and achieve countless nonfinancial benefits each year. There are, however, some significant issues including the data on how agencies implement recommendations lack transparency, timely action on audit recommendations is frequently lacking, and agency accountability for addressing recommendations is too lax. As a result, Congress and the public are not realizing the maximum potential return on the crucial work of GAO and the IGs.