Monday, February 18, 2008

One More Good Man Ignored

One more good man walks away from public service, moving to a private foundation in an effort to actually get things done. And when the crises finally hit? Who will be there to pilot the ship in the storm?

Walker Resigning GAO Post To Lead New Public Policy Foundation
By David Clarke, CQ Staff

David M. Walker, the U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, announced Friday that he will resign in March to lead a new foundation focused on long-term public policy challenges.

GAO serves as Congress’ chief investigative and audit arm, probing waste and fraud in government programs and detailing the long-term budget problems facing the government. Walker has headed the agency, which has more than 3,100 employees and a budget of nearly $500 million, since November 1998. His 15 year-term was not set to end until 2013.

Walker, 56, has repeatedly warned that the government faces a long-term fiscal crisis as the baby-boom generation retires, driving up spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

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