Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of May 10, 2010

Cynthia Bascetta

Director for Health Care, Government Accountability Office

Cynthia Bascetta had worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for thirty years when she was set to retire.  However, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina caused her to delay her retirement, and she decided to remain in public service.  As the GAO’s Director for Health Care, Cynthia leads two major reviews of public health care infrastructure in New Orleans to ensure that recovery funds are being spent wisely and for the greatest benefit.  In her three decades of service at the GAO, she has fought to improve federal disability policies, urged making HIV treatment and prevention a national priority, and recommended changes to Social Security that helped beneficiaries return to work without losing health care benefits.  One of the areas of focus throughout Cynthia’s career has been improving care for our wounded veterans.  She testified at the first congressional hearing to investigate the conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center, and her reviews were critical in understanding where changes needed to be made.  Since we passed the Recovery Act last year, the GAO has been preparing reports every sixty days on how funds are being used.  Cynthia has been working recently as the GAO’s state lead for Illinois, carefully reviewing every dollar from the Recovery Act being spent there.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Cynthia Bascetta HERE

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