U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the ‘congressional watchdog’, GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO's Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering, within its Applied Research and Methods team, manages the permanent technology assessment program. GAO defines technology assessment as the thorough and balanced analysis of significant primary, indirect, and delayed interactions of a technological innovation with society, the environment, and the economy and the present and foreseen consequences and impacts of those interactions.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering
441 G. Street NW.
Washington D.C. 20548
Tel: (202) 512-6522
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Contact

Chief Scientist: Timothy M. Persons
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