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Comptroller General of the United States
Comptroller of the United States of America
Eugene Louis Dodaro 2005.jpg
Incumbent
Eugene Louis Dodaro

since March 13, 2008
Term length15 years
Formation1921
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The Comptroller General of the United States is the director of the Government Accountability Office (GAO, formerly known as the General Accounting Office), a legislative branch agency established by Congress in 1921 to ensure the fiscal and managerial accountability of the federal government. The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 "created an establishment of the Government to be known as the General Accounting Office, which shall be independent of the executive departments and under the control and direction of the Comptroller General of the United States".[1] The act also provided that the "Comptroller General shall investigate, at the seat of government or elsewhere, all matters relating to the receipt, disbursement, and application of public funds, and shall make to the President when requested by him, and to Congress... recommendations looking to greater economy or efficiency in public expenditures."[2][3][4] The Comptroller General is appointed for fifteen years by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate per 31 U.S.C. § 703. Also per 31 U.S.C. § 703 when the office of Comptroller General is to become vacant the current Comptroller General must appoint an executive or employee of the GAO to serve as the Acting Comptroller General until such time as a new Comptroller General is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The Comptroller General has the responsibility to audit the financial statements that the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget present to the Congress and the President. For every fiscal year since 1996, when consolidated financial statements began, the Comptroller General has refused to endorse the accuracy of the consolidated figures for the federal budget, citing "(1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense, (2) the federal government's inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies, and (3) the federal government's ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements."[5]

The current Comptroller General is Eugene Louis Dodaro, who became Comptroller General on December 22, 2010. He was preceded by David M. Walker.[6] On February 15, 2008, David Walker, then Comptroller General, announced that he was resigning from GAO to head The Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Eugene Louis Dodaro became Acting Comptroller General of the United States on March 13, 2008, and was subsequently appointed by the President on September 22, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010, as the Comptroller General. Dodaro was sworn in as Comptroller General at a ceremony at the GAO on December 30, 2010.

List of U.S. Comptrollers General

Comptroller General Term of Service Appointing President
John R. McCarl July 1, 1921 - June 30, 1936[7] Warren Harding
Fred H. Brown April 11, 1939 - June 19, 1940[7] Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lindsay C. Warren November 1, 1940 - April 30, 1954[7] Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joseph Campbell December 14, 1954 - July 31, 1965[7] Dwight D. Eisenhower
Elmer B. Staats March 8, 1966 - March 3, 1981[7] Lyndon B. Johnson
Charles A. Bowsher 1981-1996 Ronald Reagan
David M. Walker 1998-2008 Bill Clinton
Eugene Louis Dodaro 2010-2025 Barack Obama

See also

References

  1. ^ Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, Sec. 301
  2. ^ Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, Sec. 312(a)
  3. ^ "Budget and Accounting Act, 1921 Public Law 67-13" (PDF). GAO Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-06.
  4. ^ "General Powers and Duties of the GAO (31 USC 711 to 31 USC 720) Cornell Law LII". GAO Office. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Statement of the Comptroller General of the United States (PDF), Comptroller General of the United States, December 17, 2007
  6. ^ "GAO History, 1921-2008". GAO Office. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b c d e Staats, Elmer B. (1967). "Annual Report of the Comptroller General of the United States for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1967" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office: iv. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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