Battleland recalls when Government Accountability Office reports were issued with light-blue covers, not the dark-blue ones they’ve been sporting for a couple of decades. And when G.A.O. stood for General Accounting Office, until Congress decided that sounded too meek (GAO works only for Congress; for years reporters called it the “congressional watchdog”).
This week we noted that GAO has begun incorporating video links into its online reports. This one deals with the flow of fertilizer from Pakistan to Afghanistan for use in manufacturing IEDs. It’s a 27-page report that has been crammed into an 87-second video. Not quite sure what this says about congressional attention spans.