The WAGER Vol. 5(21) – National Gambling Impact Study Commission: Redux


The release of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission’s (NGISC) final report last year sparked much controversy and debate. Not long after the release date, Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va) asked the United States General Accounting Office to evaluate the NGISC’s work. The GAO agreed, and released its report in April of this year, which, in turn, reignited the controversy. The GAO shared a draft copy of the report with former NGISC chair Kay James, who replied with a list of comments and suggestions. Her criticisms and the GAO’s responses are summarized in the graphics below. Was the GAO report really necessary? Readers should read the full report and decide for themselves.

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