The Government Accountability Office released its list of "restricted reports" this week to better inform lawmakers, congressional staff, government employees and the public about its investigations.
The Federation of American Scientists first reported the list was launched this week. A spokesperson for the GAO said the decision to list the reports stemmed from complaints from lawmakers that they were not always aware the reports existed. "We heard from some Members of Congress that they were not always aware of such reports if they were not on the direct Committee that requested them," GAO spokesman Chuck Young wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call Friday afternoon. "So we wanted to be sure Members and staff authorized to see such work were aware of the work."