Congress's Investigative Arm Now on Flickr
SeniorWomen.com receives daily updates of the reports, Congressional testimony and correspondence that the GAO produces. The new GAO Flickr page features selected photos and graphics from GAO reports that are searchable, viewable, and downloadable by visitors to the site. We aren't saying that these images are exciting, but they are informative and, at times, eye opening, as we find their written reports. Viewers of this site have seen many of these reports whether they're about Social Security, Formaldehyde in Textiles, Investigating a Reverse Mortgage and Guardianships: Examples of Financial Exploitation, Neglect and Abuse of Seniors.
The US Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) latest step into the world of new and social media communication is an agency presence on the image-sharing website Flickr.
"GAO continues to seek out new, innovative ways to convey our findings," said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. "The images in our reports help tell the story of government accountability by making complex concepts and data more understandable. Our Flickr page will allow us to highlight selected images and share them more easily with Congress and the public."
The GAO Flickr page can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usgao/. Over 5 billion images are available for viewing on the site, including those posted by government entities such as the Library of Congress, NASA, and the White House.
The Government Accountability Office, known as the investigative arm of Congress, exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. GAO also works to improve the performance of the federal government and ensure its accountability to the American people. The agency examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and policies; and provides analyses, recommendations, and other assistance to help Congress make informed oversight, policy, and funding decisions. GAO’s commitment to good government is reflected in its core values of accountability, integrity, and reliability.
Here are some examples of the images:
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- What is the Status of VA Primary Health Care Scheduing? Actions Needed to Improve Access to Primary Care for Newly Enrolled Veterans
- Private Pensions: Participants Need Better Information When Offered Lump Sums That Replace Their Lifetime Benefits
- Dietary Supplements: Claims Fail To Meet Federal Requirements
- Those Revealing Social Security Cards: Protecting You From Identity Theft
- FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Medical Device Recalls
- Guardianships: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors