David Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, will become president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation next month.
Comptroller General David Walker will leave the Government Accountability Office next month to become president of a new foundation, he announced today.
Walker, an indefatigable advocate of government reform, said he felt he could make a "a real and lasting difference" at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he will become president and chief executive officer.
"As comptroller general of the United States and head of the GAO, there are real limitations on what I can do and say in connection with key public policy issues, especially issues that relate to GAO's client — the Congress," Walker said in a statement.
"My new position will provide me with the ability and resources to more aggressively address a range of current and emerging challenges facing our country, including advocating specific policy solutions and course of action," he said. "This move will enable me to sharpen my messages."
In an interview with Federal Computer Week,
"This was a very unique opportunity that came up within the last month or so and because of its unique nature, I ultimately decided that I could do accomplish more there than” at GAO,
"Pete Peterson and I think alike,"
As head of GAO,
"He's been so committed [on fiscal issues] that I'm not the least surprised that [the foundation] is perhaps where he thinks he can make the most difference moving forward," said Jonathan Breul, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. "It's a marvelous opportunity."
Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, said: “In a town that is too often focused on short-term crises, David Walker stands out in his ability to focus on big-picture issues facing our nation, and has been promoting real solutions to our country’s toughest challenges...I have no doubt he will continue doing great things for the American people at the Peterson Foundation.”