At the request of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is developing a study on issues involving franchising up to and including the FTC Franchise Rule and its enforcement. In that vein, the GAO has asked DDIFO to assist getting franchisee volunteers to participate. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that conducts research for Congress about how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars and how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives. In conducting this study, GAO staff will hold small virtual discussion groups with franchise owners in the limited-service restaurant industry, among others. The GAO will not attribute responses to an individual, business or brand and will not provide personally identifiable information in its report. Should you wish to participate in the discussion groups, the GAO asks that franchise owners answer and return the following participant profile questions to FranchiseRuleStudy@gao.gov by April 7, 2022.

  1. First name and first initial of last name (e.g. John S.):
  2. Name of your franchise business:
  3. Is your franchise business currently in operation? If no, how long ago was it closed?
  4. Number of years your franchise business has been in operation:
  5. How many franchise establishments do you operate?
  6. City and state your franchise(s) is located:
  7. Are you available to participate in a virtual discussion group on Thursday, April 14, 3:00-4:30 EDT?
  8. Are you available to participate in a virtual discussion group on Monday, April 25, 1:00-2:30 EDT?