About the Awards

The Fiscy Awards Committee comprised of the Comeback America Initiative, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Concord Coalition will honor three elected officials who are often leading the way in promoting fiscal responsibility and government accountability.

Awards Committee:

The Hon. David  M. Walker, Founder, President and CEO, Comeback America Initiative

David Walker is the Founder, President and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI) and former U.S. Comptroller General. In this capacity he leads CAI's efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis to help achieve solutions to America’s federal, state and local fiscal imbalances.  

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the first President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Previously, Walker served as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost ten years (1998-2008). This was one of Walker's three presidential appointments each by different Presidents during his 15 years of total federal service. Walker also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP. 

In addition to his leadership responsibilities at CAI, Walker serves on various boards and advisory groups, including as Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, as a member of the Boards for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and the Partnership for Public Service, as well as a member of Advisory Committees for The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Peterson Foundation, and Toffler Associates. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.  

He has authored three books, with the latest one entitled Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010), which is National Bestseller. He is a frequent writer and commentator, and is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.

Comeback America InitiativeComeback America Initiative (CAI) promotes fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis in order to achieve solutions to America’s fiscal imbalances. CAI's primary focus will be federal fiscal issues; however, it will also highlight the larger national fiscal challenge (i.e., federal, state and local) and will engage in selected state and local reform initiatives (e.g., pension, health and tax reforms).



Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Director of the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Her work has been published in a number of outlets including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and The Los Angeles Times and she regularly testifies before Congress.  In the spring of 2009 MacGuineas did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy.

Before coming to New America, MacGuineas worked at the Brookings Institution, the Concord Coalition and on Wall Street. She serves on the boards of a number of national, nonpartisan organizations and received her Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a bipartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public about issues that have significant fiscal policy impact. The Committee is made up of some of the nation's leading budget experts including many of the past Directors of the Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Reserve Board. For more information visit: www.crfb.org

Bob BixbyRobert L. Bixby, Executive Director, Concord Coalition 

Bob Bixby was named Executive Director of the Concord Coalition in 1999, after serving as the organization's Policy Director, National Field Director, and in other capacities since 1992. He frequently represents Concord's views on budget and entitlement reform policy at congressional hearings and in the national media.

Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C., a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA., and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to his work with the Concord Coalition Bixby practiced law and served as the Chief Staff Attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.


The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan, grassroots advocate of fiscal responsibility. Former U.S. Senators Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as its co-chairs and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson serves as president. For more information, see www.concordcoalition.org.