Is the GAO boss not giving enough credit?

Gene L. Dodaro, head of the Government Accountability Office, writes on the pages of today’s New York Times (boo!) about his agency’s biennial assessment of poor-performing government agencies and programs.

“Since we started this list of programs at high risk of such problems two decades ago, our office has come to update it with each new Congress, and history shows that sustained, focused oversight from lawmakers and administration officials can save billions of dollars and improve services,” Dodaro writes. “But while over one-third of the programs we listed previously have come off the list over the years, dozens of others have moved onto it. The latest high-risk list presents 30 areas ripe for Congress and President Obama to take action.”

Dodaro notes that the list dropped the Defense Department’s personnel security clearance program and the 2010 Census:

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