Henry Wray

Henry Wray

  • Mercatus Center Visiting Fellow, Government Accountability Project

Henry Wray was a visiting fellow with the Mercatus Center’s Government Accountability Project. He led the research for Mercatus’s Annual Performance Report Scorecard: Which Federal Agencies Best Inform the Public? and advised federal agencies on how to improve the transparency and quality of performance information.  

Mr. Wray served for more than 30 years in the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and the United States Congress. At GAO, he started in the Office of the General Counsel, where he served for many years as an associate general counsel, overseeing a group of attorneys who provided legal support to one of GAO’s auditing divisions. He also served for four years as GAO’s Ethics Counselor. In addition, for two years he headed the GAO audit group responsible for evaluations of the U.S. Department of Justice, the law enforcement components of the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Judiciary. He completed his GAO career while serving several years as a detailee to the U.S. Congress on the professional staff of the House Budget Committee, the House Committee on Government Reform, and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. After retiring from GAO, he served as counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2001, he became Senior Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations. Prior to coming to Washington, he served as deputy attorney general in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Justice.

Mr.Wray earned a BA in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College and a JD with Honors from the National Law Center, George Washington University. He remains an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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Henry Wray, Jerry Ellig, Maurice P. McTigue | May 05, 2009
This Scorecard ranks the quality of disclosure of the Performance and Accountability Reports of the 24 agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Our research team looks at criteria in three areas.
Bruce Yandle, Henry Wray, Richard Williams, Scott Farrow, Andrew Perraut, Gary E. Marchant | Jan 07, 2009
This publication is the first in a new series of long-term research and discussions focused on finding solutions to the most pressing regulatory hurdles. This compendium consists of five papers…
Henry Wray, Jerry Ellig, Maurice P. McTigue | May 13, 2008
This Scorecard ranks the quality of disclosure of the Performance and Accountability Reports of the 24 agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Our research team looks at criteria in three areas.
Henry Wray, Jerry Ellig, Maurice P. McTigue | Apr 03, 2007
This year, America celebrates the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown - a colony that almost perished due to a crisis of accountability. The legendary Captain John Smith solved the…

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