Jim Linz has been a weekend collector of art deco for nearly 25 years. Over the years, he has amassed a collection now totaling nearly 1,000 items. Following his retirement from the United States General Accounting Office, Jim has turned his full attention to the pursuit of his hobby. This is the first of several books he plans on art deco. A 1969 graduate of Atlanta's Emory University, Jim spent more than 27 years auditing federal programs for the GAO before taking early retirement in 1997. As an Assistant Director in GAO's Health and Human Services Division, he helped produce over 200 reports and testimonies on such diverse subjects as food, cosmetic, drug, and pesticide safety. Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, and health care reform. He was a frequent witness at Congressional hearings. In noting his retirement from public service in September 1997, the Assistant Comptroller General for Human Resources commented that Linz's work had resulted in "billions of dollars in savings."

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