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Government Accountability Office (GAO)

An investigative arm of Congress, formerly called the General Accounting Office. Members of Congress may request a wide variety of reports, analyses, and raw data,which is supplied in a nonpartisan manner by the GAO.It also recommends actions to be taken by Congress as a result of findings in the reports. Its Web site, www.gao.gov, contains an excellent search engine to find reports on housing,financial services,and natural resources,to name a few topics.

A few interesting reports related to real estate include

• ‘'Financial Institutions: Issues Regarding the Tax-Exempt Status of Credit Unions” (impor- tant because credit unions usually offer lower interest rates because of their tax-exempt status, but banks are crying “no fair” over the situation.)
• ‘'Real Estate Brokerage: Various Factors May Affect Price Competition”
• ‘'Title Insurance: Preliminary Views and Issues for Further Study”
• ‘'Catastrophe Risk: U.S. and European Approaches to Insure Natural Catastrophe and Terrorism Risks”
• ‘'Consumer Protection: Federal and State Agencies Face Challenges in Combating Predatory Lending”
• ‘'Residential Care Facilities Mortgage Insurance Program: Opportunities to Improve Program and Risk Management”
• ‘'Public Housing: Information on the Roles of HUD, Public Housing Agencies, Capital Markets, and Service Organizations”
• ‘'Elderly Housing: Federal Housing Programs and Supportive Services”

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"We have been talking about it for some time, but it's never been given to us as a priority until recently, based on our conversations with the General Accounting Office."
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It faces critical threats to its military readiness, operations, and security, observes the General Accounting Office (GAO) in two reports issued last month.
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I will begin my remarks this morning by placing these issues in some historical perspective before commenting specifically on provisions that would change the status of Reserve Bank presidents, broaden the authority of the General Accounting Office (GAO) to audit the Federal Reserve, and mandate additional disclosure of monetary policy decisions and discussions.
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I applaud the efforts undertaken in support of the Homeland Security Department and the Department of Defense; as well as the General Accounting Office and the State Department as mentioned, but they need to be expanded across the government.
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