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General Accounting Office, An Emerging Tool: The Computer Model, 13 GAO Rev. 101 (Fall 1978).
This article discussed the GAO role in the increasing use of computer models by Government policy analysts and decision makers. GAO first used computer models in the late 1960s to predict water quality under varying environmental conditions. GAO has also reported on computer-oriented war gaming, simulations, and contract studies sponsored by the Department of Defense. GAO use of models has increased to include applications in problem solving and decisionmaking in nearly all major issue areas. The development and use of models by executive agencies from the standpoint of economy and efficiency is also a GAO responsibility.