Press Release

New Comptroller General Formally Sworn Into Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 30, 2010) — Gene L. Dodaro was sworn in today as the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, legislative-branch agency that helps oversee federal programs.

"It is a great honor and a privilege to lead GAO. I thank the Congress and the President for their bipartisan support," Dodaro said. "As Comptroller General, I plan to build on GAO's proud tradition as a steadfast, non-partisan, professional watchdog for the American people; a trusted advisor to Congress; and a leading advocate for more efficient and effective management across government.

"Looking ahead, the decisions facing policymakers will, in many cases, be difficult ones crucial to our nation's security and prosperity. As in the past, GAO will be there to provide Congress with high-quality, objective, and timely information," Dodaro said.

Dodaro was chosen by President Obama from a list of candidates proposed by a 10 member bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission; the Senate confirmed his nomination on December 22, 2010. The Comptroller General is appointed to a 15-year term. A career civil servant, Dodaro previously held a number of key executive posts at GAO: http://www.gao.gov/cghome/gdbiog.html

Dodaro took the oath of office today at GAO's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was sworn in by Patrina Clark, Chief Human Capital Officer for GAO. Dodaro has served as Acting Comptroller General since 2008.

Established in 1921, GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are being spent and advises lawmakers and agency heads on ways to make government work better. Recent GAO work has addressed the use of Recovery Act and TARP funds, problems in mortgage financing, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, food safety, climate changes, postal reform, border security, and the financial pressures facing state and local governments.

For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at (202) 512-4800.


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The Government Accountability Office, known as the investigative arm of Congress, exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. GAO also works to improve the performance of the federal government and ensure its accountability to the American people. The agency examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and policies; and provides analyses, recommendations, and other assistance to help Congress make informed oversight, policy, and funding decisions. GAO's commitment to good government is reflected in its core values of accountability, integrity, and reliability.