Mr. Kepplinger served as the editor of the second edition of GAO’s four-volume publication, Principles of Federal Appropriations Law. He has been a frequent speaker, writer, and instructor on appropriations law matters. His latest contribution was an analysis of the appropriations and accounts clause of the Constitution for The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005, Heritage Foundation). Mr. Kepplinger is widely regarded as an expert on federal appropriations law.
As the General Counsel of GAO, Mr. Kepplinger was responsible for providing high quality, timely, legal advice by a professional staff of over 140 attorneys and signed on behalf of the Comptroller General legal decisions and opinions and was a member of the GAO Executive Committee and Executive Resource Board.
As Associate General Counsel, he supported General Counsel’s management and leadership of the Office of General Counsel and was responsible for the quality content of GAO appropriations law decisions and opinions on a wide variety of legal matters. Mr. Kepplinger supervised the preparation, and edited the second edition of the multi-volume Principles of Federal Appropriation Law (“the Redbook”) and instituted the development of GAO’s Principles of Appropriations Law course.
Mr. Kepplinger received numerous GAO awards, including the Comptroller General’s Award (2009), Distinguished Service Award (1996, 2001). He authored a number of articles on federal appropriations law and other legal matters and has spoken on, or taught, appropriations law matters at local and national seminars and conferences.