This is the testimonial statement of David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States. His statement contains information on the fiscal year 2001 budget performance and results, current challenges and future plans and requests for the 2003 fiscal year to support congress and the American public. Through GAO's effort, congress and government leaders saved $26.4 billion during FY 2001. This allowed for timely and rapid assistance to the events of September 11. Much of the document outlines the goals of the GAO in future years. Such goals include provision of timely, quality service to Congress and the federal government in addressing the financial security of the American people; respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence; and assist in transforming the government's role in conducting business to meet the needs of the 21st century. Topics covered include contributing to the military base closure and realignment process, cutting the cost of defense's acquisition infrastructure, improving department of defense antiterrorism efforts, strengthening nuclear nonproliferation and safety efforts, improving food safety, and creating a focal point for combating terrorism.