Making the Most of Your Resources: Working with GAO

How to improve your oversight by calling on the experts and expertise of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that supports Congress.


May 14, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


  • Candice Wright, Acting Director, Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics, Government Accountability Office (GAO). Ms. Wright oversees GAO’s work on the management of federally funded research, intellectual property protection, and federal efforts to help commercialize innovative technologies and enhance U.S. economic competitiveness. Ms. Wright joined GAO in July 2004. She has led reviews on a wide variety of policy issues involving federal contracting, risks to the defense supplier base, foreign military sales, and homeland security. In 2011, she served on a congressional detail to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Ms. Wright also served as the head of GAO’s office in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014. 

This training was moderated by Mandy Smithberger, Director of the Center for Defense Information.

Training Resources: 

  • GAO Overview for Congressional Staff, PowerPoint that gives an overview of the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) authority, organization, work, and how it works with Congress.
  • 3 GAO Handouts, consisting of an Intro to GAO; Request Processing and Timing; Areas of Expertise