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State law requires the secretary of state — along with the comptroller, state treasurer, the clerk of the Court of Appeals the attorney general — to sit on the Board of State Canvassers, which formally certifies election results.
President Trump has nominated Joseph Otting, the former chief executive of OneWest, to be comptroller of the currency, a key bank regulator who is part of the Treasury Department.
The FBI, the Social Security Administration, the New Jersey Treasury Department, the state comptroller’s Medicaid Fraud Division and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office all have been investigating.
Florida voters in 1998 shrank the Cabinet from six to three members, and the offices of comptroller and treasurer were merged into the position of chief financial officer beginning in 2002.
Patronis will be the first Cabinet member from Northwest Florida since Bob Milligan, also from Panama City, was elected in 1994 to the then-Cabinet post of comptroller.
The Fed and the comptroller's office are among five bank regulators that m us t agree to any reform of the Volcker Rule , part of the Dodd-Frank law that passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
A former comptroller for one of his firms described the company’s work with the CIA.
Chris Bryan, a spokesman for the Texas comptroller’s office.
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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
Middle English, alteration of countreroller controller
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comptroller for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization
Legal Definition of comptroller
: the head accounting officer of a company or government
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