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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

A Long-Term Vision

As Comptroller General, I had to employ a range of communications and reforms in order to achieve transformational change at the GAO. It is particularly challenging to make major changes in government, especially when the crisis you are trying to address is emerging and not immediate. We were successful in transforming GAO by focusing on the future and results that were designed to add value and mitigate risk within current and expected resource levels. The same needs to be done for the federal government.

President Obama is an inspirational speaker. His definition of success so far has largely been defined in terms of restoring confidence, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. The truth is that we will recover from our current challenges, but we need to put a process in place that will enable us to put our nation's finances in order to keep the economy strong, and for our collective future to be better than our past. I look forward to hearing more regarding how President Obama plans to address this challenge. Hopefully he will succeed in his efforts to begin to transform the federal government.

By David Walker

 |  January 21, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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