David Walker

Respected Strategic Advisor, Author, and Champion of Government Transformation and Fiscal Responsibility

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David M. Walker currently serves as an independent senior strategic advisor. A former practicing CPA with over 40 years of leadership experience in all three major sectors of the U.S. economy, Walker is a well-recognized fiscal responsibility and accountability, government transformation, and retirement security expert. With over 20 years of private sector, 15 years of public sector experience, and six years of non-profit leadership experience, he has also garnered significant strategic planning, risk management, financial, human capital, change management, government relations, citizen education and engagement, and other functional experience.
Walker has received Presidential appointments with unanimous Senate confirmation from Presidents Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton, including serving as Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost 10 years. He previously served as a partner and global managing director with Arthur Andersen LLP. Walker also served as the first chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee for four years and currently serves on a number of non-profit boards and advisory committees. He is currently one of 400 global members of the Trilateral Commission.
Walker is also a former assistant secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security, a former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and a former public trustee of Social Security and Medicare. He has authored three books, with the latest one entitled Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010) achieving national best seller status. He is a frequent writer and commentator, is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A., and has appeared in several other documentaries.
He lives in Bridgeport, CT and Alexandria, VA with his wife Mary. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.