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David M. Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), has accepted an invitation to participate in a series of town hall-style forums around the nation to discuss the federal government’s current deficit and the challenges posed by long-term demographic and economic trends.

Objectives: To state the facts and speak the truth regarding the nation’s current financial condition and long-term fiscal outlook in order to increase public awareness and accelerate actions by appropriate federal, state, and local officials.

Key Partners: Concord Coalition, Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institution, Committee for Economic Development, Association for Government Accountants, AICPA, AARP, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, state treasurers and auditors, and others. Events are frequently hosted by colleges and universities.

For a good idea of what this is about and why it's so important check out this piece from 60 minutes about the tour:

Event Sites
* http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/longterm/wakeuptour.html
* http://www.concordcoalition.org/events/fiscal-wake-up/index.html

Official Website: http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/longterm/wakeuptour.html

Added by rrwhite99 on July 9, 2007