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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Comptroller General to Speak at National Press Club

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2007) - On Monday, December 17, the same day the annual financial report of the U.S. government is due to be released, David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), will speak at the National Press Club as part of its newsmaker luncheon series. His remarks, entitled "A Call for Stewardship," outline the need for increased fiscal discipline and for greater attention to be placed on a number of large and growing sustainability challenges facing the United States.

GAO will also release a new report on December 17 that discusses various tools and techniques, such as key national indicators and fiscal future commissions, to help policymakers meet these challenges and capitalize on related opportunities. Mr. Walker will also address this report.

In light of the government's latest financial report and the GAO's new stewardship report, Walker will discuss the government's overall financial condition and the increasing fiscal burdens facing the nation.

He will also discuss what needs to be done to turn things around.

The audience will include leaders from public, private and not-for-profit sectors as well as working journalists. NPR and C-SPAN are expected to air Walker's remarks.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the ballroom, followed by Walker's speech and a question-and-answer session.

The public is invited to attend. For ticket reservations, please visit http://press.org/speakers/luncheonspeakers.cfm or contact the Press Club at (202) 662-7539.

The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. For additional information, please contact GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

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