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Senators Maria Cantwell and Ron Wyden wrote a letter to Eugene Dodaro, the U.S. comptroller general at the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
The comptroller’s office holds on to all that money and belongings, updating an online list — ClaimItTexas.org at www.comptroller.texas.gov/programs/claim-it— that Texans may search at any time.
One by one, all of Mr. de Blasio’s most formidable would-be Democratic rivals — Mr. Jeffries, Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, and Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president — would decide against challenging him.
The Whitefish contract contained a clause that said that the pay rates and other terms of the agreement could not be audited or reviewed by FEMA, the commonwealth, the comptroller general or PREPA.
The complaint alleged that they’d been racially harassed and discriminated against by their white supervisor, comptroller Judith Slater, and that Fox had done nothing about it for years.
Those include Randal Quarles as vice chair of supervision, to oversee the U.S. banking system, and Joseph Otting as comptroller of the currency, who watches over the day-to-day operations of some of the nation’s largest banks.
The comptroller’s findings could have a significant impact on the bank.
The Puerto Rico Senate president, a member of the governor’s pro-statehood party, said the local comptroller was the proper entity to conduct the investigation.
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Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
Origin and Etymology of comptroller
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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