A Model Public Servant

Elmer B. Staats, Chairman Emeritus of the Harry S. Truman Foundation, passed away on July 23, 2011. Below is an except of an obituary posted on FedBlog, a publication of Government Executive magazine.

The world of public administration and accountability in government lost a giant this weekend.

Elmer B. Staats, a longtime public servant whose federal career culminated in a 15-year stint as Comptroller General of the United States and head of the General Accounting Office, died of congestive heart failure at Sibley Hospital in Washington. He was 97.

According to a GAO release, Staats started his career in 1939 at the Bureau of the Budget, now the Office of Management and Budget. He ended up serving at the agency under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. In 1966, Johnson named him to head GAO, where he served until 1981.

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