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Speech Requests

Many people and groups ask GAO to provide a speaker. Because of the Comptroller General’s busy schedule, we can only accept a fraction of these requests. Please keep the following points in mind before submitting your request:

  • We would prefer to receive all speech requests at least 3 months in advance of your event.
  • Keynote addresses are preferred. Panel requests will be accommodated only under certain circumstances (e.g., if other panelists are of commensurate rank).
  • Since government travel dollars are limited, we must try to combine speaking engagements with other business activities before committing to events outside the Washington, D.C., area.
  • In most cases, requests from national groups with a minimum audience level of 100 are preferred, especially for events outside of the D.C. area.
  • In order to protect the speaker’s and the agency’s independence, travel reimbursements cannot be accepted.

Please submit your request via email to

If you have any questions, please contact the Comptroller General's office at (202) 512-5500.

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