Skip to Main Content

Government Documents - Congress, Laws, and Legislation: Government Accountability Office

This guide provides information about how to find laws, legislative history, U.S. Congressional publications, and the publications of Congressional agencies.

About the agency

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), formerly known as the General Accounting Office, is a nonpartisan agency within Congress that oversees how government funds are expended. It is led by the Comptroller General of the United States and was founded in 1921. It issues reports about the effectiveness of federal laws and programs and issues opinions and decisions about appropriations laws. GAO officials testify before congressional committees and their testimony is part of GAO's published output.

Instructional video about GAO

Our holdings

The GAO produces reports about a wide variety of government activities, from contracting to foreign relations. Most GAO reports from the 1970s to the present are available online in full text from the GAO website. The Government Documents Collection also has an extensive but incomplete set of reports on microfiche. Other GAO titles include:

Subject Guide

Profile Photo
Gwen Sinclair
2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu HI 96822