Comptroller General of the United States Law and Legal Definition

The Comptroller General of the United States is an officer in the legislative branch of the federal government who heads the General Accounting Office. The Comptroller General is appointed by the President in consultation with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Comptroller General is appointed for a term of fifteen years and when the office of the Comptroller General becomes vacant, the current Comptroller General should appoint an executive or employee of the Government Accountability Office to serve as the Acting Comptroller General.