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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Washington

The head of the audit and investigative arm of the US Congress announced his resignation Friday, citing 'real limitations' on what he could do.

David Walker, 51, a respected voice on fiscal matters, said he was making an early departure from the US government accountability office to head a new public interest foundation.

'As Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO, there are real limitations on what I can do and say in connection with key public policy issues, especially issues that directly relate to GAO's client — the Congress,' Walker said in a statement.

He did not elaborate but Walker last year issued an unusually downbeat assessment of his country's future in a report that drew parallels with the end of the Roman empire.

He had warned that the US government was on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action was not taken soon.

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