David Eichenthal, a director at municipal finance advisory firm Public Financial Inc., will discuss his new book, "The Art of the Watchdog: Expert advice on how any citizen can fight government fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption," at a Feb. 24 meeting of the Philadelphia regional nonprofit watchdog organization, The Committee of Seventy.

The committee has scheduled the event in conjunction with PFM and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia office of law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, 2 Logan Square, 31st floor.

Eichenthal, with co-author Daniel Feldman, draws upon his work in federal, state, and local government over the last 30 years to identify the good and the bad of current oversight efforts based on case studies from across the United States to "improve the quality and integrity of government and strengthen democracy."

Feldman is an associate professor of public management at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He has advised New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and former state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on litigation matters. He represented Brooklyn in the New York state assembly from 1981 to 1998.

Eichenthal, a director in PFM's management and budget consulting practice, leads the firm's Chattanooga, Tenn., office. Since joining PFM, he has participated in budgeting, operational improvement, and fiscal recovery engagements for numerous municipal clients. He is the is the former president and chief executive of the Ochs Center, a Chattanooga nonprofit policy research institute.

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