GAO jumps on the Twitter, YouTube bandwagon


The Government Accountability Office wants you to interact with the agency online through its Twitter feed and YouTube page.

The GAO joins more than 50 federal agencies plus dozens of members of Congress in reaching out to the public through Twitter, though the GAO has a way to go to adopt the casual, abbreviated style of writing prominent on Twitter.  Its most recent Twitter post may not be scintillating enough to draw many new users into GAO reports:

GAO-09-567, Tax Administration: IRS Should Evaluate Penalties and Develop a Plan to Focus Its Effort”

The GAO maintains two Twitter accounts, one for reports and testimony, the other for legal products.

The YouTube page offers recruitment videos, as well as short productions explaining the Recovery Act. It can be viewed here.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said Twitter and YouTube provide new ways to reach Americans.

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.”


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