Dodaro sworn in as GAO head

Friday - 12/31/2010, 11:52am EST

By Jared Serbu
Reporter
Federal News Radio

Gene Dodaro, who has served in various posts in the Government Accountability Office for more than 30 years, was sworn in Thursday as the agency's head -- the U.S. Comptroller General.

The ceremony followed Dodaro's confirmation vote last Wednesday by the Senate. He has been acting as GAO's director since March 2008.

"It is a great honor and a privilege to lead GAO. I thank the Congress and the President for their bipartisan support," Dodaro said in a statement. "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."

Dodaro previously served in the agency's number two leadership position as chief operating officer, and before that, led GAO's Accounting and Information Management Division.

Testifying at his November 18 confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Dodaro pledged to increase GAO's emphasis on identifying and resolving areas on the agency's "high risk" list and to provide Congress with greater specificity on the reasons that programs such as Medicare have remained on the list for 20 years.

"I think we can decompose the problem, and when I say greater emphasis, I mean greater specificity and greater follow through. We're not going to hold off - we're going to keep pressing until these problems get resolved," he said.

Don't miss the interview with Gene Dodaro on In Depth with Francis Rose on January 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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