On April 5th, the Academy, in partnership with the American University School of Public Affairs, hosted a forum on Accountability in Government, which featured a keynote address from Comptroller General of the United States Gene Dodaro.
"I'm very concerned about the state of the federal workforce," Dodaro said, noting that roughly one-third of the workforce will be eligible to retire in the next 5 years. "There are a lot of critical skill shortages. We have a lot of experienced people who are going to be departing. Government continues to have challenges in recruiting and retaining" staff that ensures government is properly accountable.
In addition to the keynote address, a panel of current and former high-level accountability officials in the federal government issued remarks on their experiences in the accountability arena and offered recommendations on how to improve and maintain necessary accountability measures into the next administration. Panelists included:
- Earl Devaney, Former Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior
- Dave Mader, Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
- Paul Posner, MPA Director, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
- Barbara Romzek, Dean, American University School of Public Affairs