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Israel's State Comptroller and Public Administration

Both the state comptroller and Israel's public administration have come a long way since the comptroller's first annual report appeared in 1950. The mimeographed document of 167 pages criticized, among other things, excessive spending for drinks and sandwiches offered at the conferences of state employees.1 Now the state comptroller publishes annual reports that exceed 1,000 pages, as well as separate reports on special issues. The state comptroller still worries about excessive spending, but also attracts attention for its criticism of government policies as well as the behaviour of ranking politicians and politically active citizens.