About Us

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) was founded in 2011 and has experienced rapid growth, from $50,000 in seed funding in June 2011 to a team of 30 staff and more than 40 contractors with a budget of $10 million in 2018.

Our success is determined by the number of policy reforms enacted and lives impacted as a result of our work. Since 2015, FGA has achieved 168 state policy reforms in 37 states, ultimately meaning that 6.4 million individuals will move off welfare. Millions more will have access to better jobs and bigger paychecks thanks to our efforts to remove government barriers to opportunity.

To achieve this success, our focus on welfare, health care, and work reform features a proven three-pronged strategy:

1. Knowledge: FGA’s quality research and first-of-its-kind tracking studies quantify the real-world impact of our reforms. This research also informs which policy initiatives best move individuals from welfare to self-sufficiency, enabling our team to focus on the reforms that will maximize impact and effectively lift millions out of dependency.

2. Execution: FGA’s team is savvy. We get what’s happening on the ground and deploy broad outreach and education initiatives to inform and equip key stakeholders with the best messages and methods to achieving these reforms.

3. Partnership: FGA successfully partners with state and federal policymakers, equipping them with ideas, research, and best practices to maximize the impact of these reforms.

To learn more about our history, read Our Story.