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David Walker
President and CEO
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

David Walker, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, leads the Foundation’s efforts to educate and activate Americans about several key challenges that threaten our country’s future in order to accelerate actions. These challenges include America’s budget, savings and balance of payments deficits, the need to reform existing entitlement programs, our overall health care and tax systems, and select education, energy, and non-proliferation issues.

Prior to joining the Peterson Foundation, Mr. Walker served for almost 10 years as Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the federal government’s Chief Auditor. He previously served as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Arthur Andersen LLP and in various government and private-sector leadership positions, including presidential appointments with Senate confirmation during both the Reagan and Bush (41) administrations.

Mr. Walker also currently chairs the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee. He serves on the boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has authored two books, is a regular commentator, and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. (2008). He 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.

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