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Former U.S. government Chief Auditor David M. Walker Delivers Brandt Foundation Lecture

By: Sherry Squires   Published 9:46 am / August 14, 2009

The Boise State  College of Business and Economics, in conjunction with the John and Orah Brandt Foundation, will present former U.S. government chief auditor David M. Walker on Monday, Oct. 19, as the 2009-2010 Brandt Foundation Lecturer. His talk, titled “Day of Reckoning:  America’s Fiscal Future,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State. Walker’s talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.; no tickets are required. Free designated parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

David Walker

David Walker

As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008 — spanning both Democratic and Republican administrations — Walker served as the federal government’s chief auditor. Appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, he was an outspoken, nonpartisan advocate for addressing the major fiscal and sustainability challenges facing the country.

Now president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Walker advocates for targeted solutions, works proactively with grantees and other partners to build strong coalitions, and encourages and engages in grassroots efforts to bring pressure on Washington to act. Although no longer the U.S. government’s chief auditor, Walker continues to serve as a global accountability expert as chairman of the United Nations independent audit advisory committee. He also serves on the boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service. He has authored two books, is a regular commentator for the media and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. that premiered in movie theaters around the country in August 2008.

Prior to his appointment to run the GAO, Walker served as a partner and global managing director of Arthur Andersen LLP and in several government leadership positions, including as a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare from 1990 to 1995 and as assistant secretary of labor for pension and welfare benefit programs during the Reagan administration.

In 2004, the Brandt Foundation pledged a generous annual contribution to Boise State’s College of Business and Economics that created a named professorship and secured funding for the lecture series. Previous speakers have included Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan, ABC News correspondent John Stossel, Cato Institute chairman William Niskanen, Judge Andrew Napolitano and acclaimed economist Robert Higgs.

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