GAO Tweets, Joins‘Government 2.0’

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently unveiled new offerings on Twitter and YouTube, and a GAO spokesperson said more social media agreements may be forthcoming.

“GAO is always exploring ways to use innovative practices and emerging technologies to carry out its mission,” says Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of the GAO. “While we’ve made extensive use of the Internet for some time, posting material on YouTube and Twitter offers new possibilities to inform people about our efforts to promote accountability and transparency in federal programs and operations.

As the investigative arm of the legislative branch, GAO auditors are responsible for uncovering many of the largest cases of fraud or waste in the federal government.

The agency’s new YouTube channel features videos from GAO’s Website intended to provide agencies with transition and Recovery Act guidance. A GAO spokesman says the agency is simply trying to provide information to the public where they already are online. The agency signed terms of service agreements similar to the those established by GSA for agencies seeking to make use of social networking sites.

GAO’s Twitter account, however, is still a work in progress.

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently unveiled new offerings on Twitter and YouTube, and a GAO spokesperson said more social media agreements may be forthcoming.

“GAO is always exploring ways to use innovative practices and emerging technologies to carry out its mission,” says Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of the GAO. “While we’ve made extensive use of the Internet for some time, posting material on YouTube and Twitter offers new possibilities to inform people about our efforts to promote accountability and transparency in federal programs and operations.

As the investigative arm of the legislative branch, GAO auditors are responsible for uncovering many of the largest cases of fraud or waste in the federal government.

The agency’s new YouTube channel features videos from GAO’s Website intended to provide agencies with transition and Recovery Act guidance. A GAO spokesman says the agency is simply trying to provide information to the public where they already are online. The agency signed terms of service agreements similar to the those established by GSA for agencies seeking to make use of social networking sites.

GAO’s Twitter account, however, is still a work in progress.

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