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GAO Opens Up About Secret Reports

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Most of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s reports are freely available to the public via GAO.gov. For decades, however, the agency has kept a minority of these reports secret.

These so-called “restricted reports” are withheld from the public, according to the GAO, because they contain “either classified information or controlled unclassified information by the audited agencies and cannot be publicly released.” Some of these reports eventually do get released publicly in redacted form, such as this 2011 GAO study on the Internal Revenue Service and whistleblowers…. (Read more at the R Street Institute Blog)

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