Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and Government Accountability OfficeÂ leader, has said GAO has requested a budget of $567.8 million for fiscal year 2017 to recruitÂ new staff and update its information technology infrastructure.
Dodaro said in written testimony to the Senate Appropriations legislative branch subcommitteeÂ Tuesday that GAO needs to meet staffing needs as 42 percent of its executives will be eligibleÂ to retire byÂ the end of fiscalÂ 2016.
He said the budget request would supportÂ GAO’s goal to operate with 3,100 full-time employees by fiscalÂ 2017.
âGAO plans to bolster entry-level and intern positions to provide a pipeline to help address succession planning and fill critical skill gaps,â Dodaro noted.
Dodaro added theÂ congressional audit agency also intendsÂ to lower operating costs, boost productivity among its personnel and improve data access through investments in efforts that seek toÂ updateÂ information management tools,Â telecommunications, security platforms, as well asÂ software and hardware.