Company: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Tara Congdon is a Senior Communications Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In her role, she provides writing and communication support to teams conducting complex or high-risk reviews of federal agencies, offices, and programs. She guides teams in writing reports and testimonies for Congress and is involved in developing GAO’s biannual High Risk Report and reports related to GAO’s oversight of Congressional earmarks and COVID-19 spending.
A lifelong advocate for Deaf and hard of hearing people as well as individuals with disabilities, Tara has also held leadership roles with GAO’s Advisory Council for People with Disability, an affinity group that advises agency management on issues affecting GAO employees with disabilities. She has also taught ASL classes to GAO staff and coordinated numerous Deaf and disability awareness events at the agency.
Prior to joining GAO, Ms. Congdon worked in public relations for Gallaudet University, as a PR/writing consultant for various corporations and government offices, and as a journalist at several newspapers including the Kansas City Star and Steamboat Pilot & Today. She also served as print media editor for the U.S. Deaflympics Team for the 2009 and 2013 Summer Deaflympics. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English and B.S. in Journalism, and from American University with a M.A. in Literature. She currently lives in Frederick, MD, with her husband (also a Deaf federal employee), their two lovely girls, and two eccentric pups.