In the old days when the Government Accountability Office issued a report, you had to wait to read about it in your morning paper. Or late in the day on a computer. But now the government watchdog has a free app for the iPhone and iPad.


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The app offers the agency’s full reports, podcasts and video demonstrations associated with the reports.

The app was designed in-house by a team of analysts and computer engineers. A spokesman said GAO hopes to launch an Android version soon. The agency decided to launch on Apple platforms based on traffic to its mobile Web site.

GAO’s app joins a small roster of government agencies with an iTunes presence, including the White House, FBI, Office of Personnel Management and the Transportation Security Administration.

“GAO is committed to ensuring that our work is as accessible as possible, both to Congress and to the public,” Gene L. Dodaro, the head of GAO said in a statement.