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U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro
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  • Decent place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 5 years)


    GAO has excellent access to federal agencies so you will learn a lot about how the executive branch functions. The work is interesting, topics always changing, you work with new people every 12 months on a new project. Clear path for career advancement. All work is conducted in a team based environment, so you interact with people daily. Depending on the nature of your project, you may get to travel domestically or interationally. Great telework policies.


    Risk-averse culture, asking questions can be frowned upon, and promtions are hard to come by due to budget cuts and limited personnel spaces. Leadership positions are hard to come by as well, I've been there for almost 7 years and just was given my first project to manage, even though I was promoted two years ago. Morale can be low, but that is a problem across the federal government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who are good at motivating and working with others, not superstars who only know the audit process well. Take more corrective action against slackers who don't contribute to the team.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Interviews

Updated Feb 17, 2015
Updated Feb 17, 2015

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Interview Details

    After applying on USA Jobs it took about three months before I heard anything at all. Afterwards the process moves fairly quickly: I was invited in to an interview with the head of the regional office and two Senior Analysts. The interview itself was very laid back and comfortable, all seemed like great people, though they must follow a script fairly closely. For example, in the three months since I had applied I had done other relevant work: my interviewers were unable to accept an updated resume from me or really consider anything that wasn't included on my initial application. The interview itself took about an hour, then I was given the opportunity to meet privately with another Senior Analyst to ask any questions I wanted that would not be taken into account in my evaluation (to allow me to determine whether I was the right fit.) I heard back with an offer about two weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were fairly straightforward: describe working in a team, describe your analytical abilities, describe a time you needed to work with people outside your reporting chain and how did you get them to do what you needed, etc.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    GAO doesn't negotiate: the first offer you get is the last offer you get. They also do not consider any volunteer experience, or any professional experience gained while you're completing your graduate program when setting salaries. As an evening student, this excluded all of my professional experience over four years of graduate study. GAO's offer was significantly lower than others in my area and they were unwilling to increase in any fashion.

    Declined Offer
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U.S. Government Accountability Office Awards & Accolades

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Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large), Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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Website www.gao.gov
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1921
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is making sure that taxpayers get their money's worth from the government. Formerly known as the General Accounting Office, the Government Accountability Office is the investigative arm of Congress, and, as the name suggests, it strives to ensure accountability in the legislative and executive branches of government. The independent and nonpartisan agency examines federal spending, advises Congress and heads of executive agencies about the effectiveness and responsiveness of government, evaluates federal programs, audits... More

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