Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Did You Hear the One about the Auditor

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Did You Hear the One about the Auditor

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Three Americans were captured by a hostile government-- a Marine sergeant, a government auditor and an Army program manager. Each was given one last request before being shot. The Marine asked to hear a band play "The Star Spangled Banner" one final time. The auditor asked to give a one-hour talk on fraud, waste and abuse. The program manager's request was to be shot right after "The Star Spangled Banner." He said he couldn't stand another presentation on fraud, waste and abuse.

I am sure the auditors in our audience have heard similar tales during their careers. This story was told by the DOD inspector general at the 1984 PDC and I thought it would be a great way to get us all thinking about auditing and the role it plays in our society and in our governments.

In this special auditing issue, we attempt to look at this unique profession from a number of angles. Government auditors, in particular, serve every taxpaying American by helping to ensure that public funds are properly allocated, spent and accounted for. The auditing sector of AGA's membership has grown substantially over the years and today, we have slightly more auditors than accountants on our membership rolls.

I am sure that those of you who are government auditors encounter a lot of people who truly don't understand the work you do on behalf of the American citizens. As an AGA employee, I am always telling people how dedicated the AGA members are, and what a nice, fun group of people they are to work with. The dedication to public service found throughout the AGA ranks is nothing short of inspirational.

In the 50th Anniversary issue of The Journal, many of the contributors mentioned the incredible spirit of the AGA people. After attending the Grand Finale weekend this past September, I assure you that that spirit is alive and well in our 51st year.

It was a truly fabulous event punctuated by great moments such as seeing Elmer Staats and David Walker, former and current comptrollers general of the United States, together at the gala. …

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