Obama taps GAO's temporary boss to serve permanently
Updated 7:05 p.m. ET
President Obama moved Wednesday to give one of the government's acting watchdogs permanent status, naming Gene L. Dodaro to lead the Government Accountability Office.
Dodaro, a more than 30-year veteran of the Congressional watchdog agency, has served as acting comptroller general since March 2008. He previously served as GAO's number two official and helped develop the agency's efforts to highlight a "high risk" list of issues that warrant greater attention from Congress and the White House.
GAO publishes several audits or reports each day, usually while Congress is in session. In recent years it has provided oversight of the economic stimulus efforts, the Troubled Asset Relief Program and a host of federal policies and programs.
Dodaro's nomination will be considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, whose chairman, Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), signaled support.
"[Dodaro's] nearly four decades of experience at GAO more than qualifies him for this key position," said Lieberman spokeswoman Leslie Phillips. "His agency has performed top- notch work for Congress, and our Committee relies heavily on GAO's valuable resources."
| September 22, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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