GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE Definition

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GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO) is the organization in the U.S. Congress that investigates the performance of the federal government. GAO evaluates the use of public funds and the performance of federal programs, while also providing analytical, investigative and legal services in order to support to Congress in its policy formulation and decision making processes. Most GAO reports are initiated at the request of Congress, while some are initiated by the agency itself or are required by law.

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BUDGETARY DEFICIT occurs when expenditures are greater than revenues.

OPERATING CASH FLOW RATIO is a measure of how well current liabilities are covered by the cash flow generated from a companys operations. It is calculated: OCF = Cash Flow From Operations / Current Liabilities.

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