Gene L. Dodaro was sworn in Thursday as the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office.

"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. 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 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 Dec. 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 the GAO.

Dodaro took the oath of office Thursday at the 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, the GAO, formerly known as the Government Accounting Office, 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.

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