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Chelsa Gurkin

Assistant Director, Strategic Issues,
(Co-Author - GAO Report to Congress FEDERAL WORKFORCE Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times GAO-15-529T:  Released: Apr 16, 2015)


Chelsa Gurkin is an Assistant Director in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Strategic Issues team.  GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO’s Strategic Issues team supports Congressional oversight through audits and analysis of government-wide human capital management and other cross-cutting issues, major management challenges, and programs at risk for waste, fraud and abuse.


Chelsa has 14 years of experience at GAO designing and leading performance audit teams. In addition to employee engagement, her research addressing federal human capital issues includes evaluating the General Schedule classification system, analyzing the effectiveness of federal hiring authorities, and prioritizing human capital investments in an era of fiscal constraint.


Chelsa is an organizational steward, actively supporting GAO’s employee engagement, recruiting, professional development, and quality assurance programs.  She earned her MPA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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