Effective July 7, 2004, as a result of Public Law 108-271, the GAO's name has been changed. What was formerly the General Accounting Office is now the Government Accountability Office.

Comptroller General David Walker in an op-ed piece in Roll Call on June 19, 2004 explains the reason for the name change after 83 years. "Some might wonder why GAO felt a need to tinker with an institutional identity so strongly associated with government economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. But our old name, as familiar and reassuring as it was, has not kept pace with GAO's evolving role in government."

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