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Charles Arthur Bowsher (born May 31, 1931) is an American politician and businessman. He was the 6th Comptroller General of the United States from 1981 to 1996. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana.

Raised in Chicago, Bowsher studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Chicago. He was in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War.

In 1956, he worked as an accountant and as a key business figure for Arthur Andersen & Co..

From 1967 to 1971, he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) during the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency.

Bowsher was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and was Comptroller General for 15 years from 1981 to 1996. During that period, he led the Government Accountability Office during the savings and loan crisis and other major issues. With a term limit of fifteen years, Bowsher worked for the Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton presidencies.

In 1996, Bowsher was added to the Accounting Hall of Fame. After civil service, he is the Chairman for the Board of Directors of the Concord Coalition.

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