John Heilemann


Congress’s Watch Dog: The General Accounting Office

While unflattering appraisals of the outgoing government were to be expected, no one thought the most systematic attack would come from Comptroller General Charles Bowsher–whom Reagan himself had handed a 15-year appointment, an $ 89,500 salary, a $ 300 million-plus budget, and a staff of more than 5,000. “Gratuitous advice,” harrumphed Edmund Haislmaier of the… Read more »

Congress’s Watch Dog: The General Accounting Office

While unflattering appraisals of the outgoing government were to be expected, no one thought the most systematic attack would come from Comptroller General Charles Bowsher–whom Reagan himself had handed a 15-year appointment, an $ 89,500 salary, a $ 300 million-plus budget, and a staff of more than 5,000. “Gratuitous advice,” harrumphed Edmund Haislmaier of the… Read more »