David M. Walker

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Over his professional career, Dave Walker has held leadership positions in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors—culminating in a decade-long mission to promote fiscal responsibility. From 1998 to 2008, Dave served as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States, where he spoke the truth to the American people about Washington’s fiscal mismanagement. Most recently, he served as CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI), an organization Dave founded to engage his fellow citizens in the fight to restore fiscal sanity.

Prior to founding CAI, he served as the first President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Previously, Dave earned three presidential appointments, each by different Presidents, with the most recent being his appointment as Comptroller General of the U.S. and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to total 15 years of federal service. Dave also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP.

Dave currently serves on various boards and advisory groups. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and the Congress and the Public Accounting Oversight Board. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Government Transformation Initiative and Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s End of Life Panel.  He is an Advisory Committee member for the Peterson Foundation and the Institute for Truth In Accounting, and a member of the Advisory Board of The Can Kicks Back. He is a national co-founder of No Labels. He is also a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, the Trilateral Commission, the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), and the Sons of the American Revolution. He previously served as Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee and on the Boards of the International Association of Supreme Audit Institutions and the Partnership for Public Service.

Dave has won many international and domestic leadership awards. He has authored three books, is a frequent media commentator, and the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. He is also listed in the Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America.

Dave holds a B.S. in accounting from Jacksonville University, a Senior Management in Government Certificate in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and several honorary doctorate degrees. Dave currently resides in Bridgeport, CT with his wife Mary. They have one son and one daughter and three grandchildren.


2020:    Book: Release of America in 2040: Still a Superpower? A Pathway to Success

2017:     Press: Face the State: Potential candidate for governor, Walker talks with Dennis House

2017:     Book Chapter: Building a 21st Century SES – Chapter 3.4

2016:     Presentation: Center of Government

2016:    Testimony: Budget Reforms and Mandatory Spending

2015:    Testimony: Department of Defense Management and Reform Efforts

2015:    Report: State Financial Position “SFPI” and Competitiveness Posture Report

2014:    Report: Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

2014:    Report: Saving America’s Future

2013:    Testimony: Reinventing Government

2013:     Video: Policy Videos

2013:     Speech: Truth and Transformation

2013:     Report: America’s Deciding Game

2013:     Press: Yahoo: Nation’s Former Top Auditor Eyes US Debt Warily

2013:     Documentary: American Made Movie

2013:     Press: CT Valley Views

2013:     Report: Connecticut at Risk

2013:     Report: NAPA: Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

2012:     Press: CSPAN Perot/Walker Interview

2012:     Report: $10 Million-A-Minute Tour

2012:     Presentation: $10 Million-A-Minute Tour Slides

2012:     U.S. Financial Burden Barometer

2011:     Quiz: Fiscal IQ Quiz

2011:     Report: Restoring Fiscal Sanity

2011:     Report: Sovereign Fiscal Responsibility Index

2010:     Award: Inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame

2010:     Press: The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart

2010:     Book: Release of Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

2009:     Report: PGPF’s State of the Union’s Finances

2008:     Award: Awarded the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Gold Medal

2008:     Documentary: I.O.U.S.A.

2008:    Report: GAO’s Fiscal Year 2008 Performance and Accountability Report

2008:    Press: GAO: David M. Walker, U.S. Comptroller General, Announces Early Departure to Head New Public Interest Foundation

2008:    Press: GAO: Walker Bids Farewell to GAO Family

2007:    Testimony: Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq

2007:     Press: The Colbert Report

2007:     Testimony: GAO Restructuring Testimony

2007:     Press: 60 Minutes: U.S. Headed for a Fiscal Crisis?

2005:    Testimony: Reducing the Tax Gap Can Contribute to Fiscal Sustainability, but Will Require a Variety of Strategies

2004:     Testimony: Testimony on Iraq

2004:    Press: Roll Call: GAO Answers the Question: What’s in a name?

2003:     Report: High Risk List w/*s for first time

2003:     Speech: Truth and Transparency

2001:     Testimony: USPS Reform Testimony

2001:     Testimony: Senate Finance Committee Surplus Testimony

2000:    Report: GAO Strategic Plan

1999:     Report: GAO’s 1999 Accountability Report

1998:    Press: GAO: Walker to GAO: Nonpartisanship to Remain Byword of Agency

1998:     Testimony: David M. Walker’s GAO Confirmation Testimony

1998:     Book: Release of Delivering on the Promise

1996:     Book: Release of Retirement Security

1991:     Report: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report