Following Demands from Underwood and Congressional Leaders, Government Accountability Office to Begin Investigation into January 6 Capitol Attack

January 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON— This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it would begin an investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The announcement follows a bicameral effort supported by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and over 110 members of Congress to GAO demanding a comprehensive and independent investigation into the attack.


“The deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol exposed a number of security threats and failures that must be addressed to ensure the continuity of government and protect our democracy. I’m pleased to see the GAO taking immediate action to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation that will allow Congress to make necessary security changes and hold those responsible for the attack accountable,” said Underwood.  


The GAO investigation will be led by their Homeland Security and Justice Division and focus primarily on the extent of coordination between federal and local entities for security and emergency support. In the coming days, GAO will be working with congressional staff to define the full scope of the investigation to ensure that it addresses Congress’s concerns.  

The GAO works in a non-partisan and non-ideological manner with congressional clients and external parties. GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and in helping to improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. The agency carries out audit, evaluative, and investigative assignments and provides legal analyses to the Congress. GAO performs work at the request of the Congress and under the Comptroller General’s authority.