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GAO: One of the Best Places to Work in D.C.?

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Government accountability is not everyone’s definition of “cool.”

In Washington, D.C., however, it’s about as cool as it gets. And now -- after being named one of the 10 coolest places to work in the city by employee relations firm O.C. Tanner earlier this year -- Washingtonian has just named the Government Accountability Office one of the 50 best places to work in D.C. This marks the second time in three years GAO has made the list.

Washingtonian will unveil its full list in the magazine’s December issue, but back in 2011 it cited GAO’s on-site daycare and fitness centers, as well as the agency’s lenient telework policy, as influential factors.

“GAO works hard to remain an employer of choice,” said GAO’s chief, Gene Dodaro, “and it is very gratifying that our workplace has earned a place on Washingtonian’s latest list.”

In 2012, GAO ranked second among mid-size agencies -- between 1,000 and 14,999 employees -- in the Partnership for Public Service’s annual list of best places to work. So, whether it’s auditing the management of American battle monuments or exploring the weaknesses of maritime security, it’s clear GAO employees love their work. 

Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.

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