Eugene Louis Dodaro

Eugene Dodaro
Comptroller General of the United States
Assumed office
March 13, 2008
Acting: March 13, 2008 – December 22, 2010
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David M. Walker
Personal details
Born (1951-05-07) May 7, 1951
Spouse(s) Joan McCabe
Alma mater Lycoming College

Eugene Louis Dodaro (born May 7, 1951) is the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). From October 1, 2000 until March 12, 2008 he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the GAO and he held the equivalent 2nd-in-command title before the late 2000 restructuring of the GAO, Principal Assistant Comptroller General, a title he had held since May 1999. (Note that this change of titles is a result of the organization-wide restructuring rather than a promotion or other event in his career; from May 1999 through to March 12, 2008 Dodaro retained the position of second in command of the GAO.)

On February 15, 2008 when the seventh Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker, announced that he was departing from his office before the end of his 15-year term to work for The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, he appointed Dodaro to replace him. On March 13, 2008 Dodaro became the Acting Comptroller General[1] and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a term of fifteen years on December 22, 2010.[2]

Gene is the son of Jim and Betty Dodaro and grew up in the MonessenBelle Vernon region of Pennsylvania, attending Belle Vernon Area High School where he played basketball.[3]

He attended Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1973[4] receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree[5] in accounting.[6] On May 4, 2014, Dodaro delivered the Commencement Speech for his alma mater, Lycoming College.

Career history

Mr. Dodaro joined the GAO in 1973.[6] His first executive posting was as an associate director for management issues in the General Government Division.[5] In 1993 he was named Assistant Comptroller General for Accounting and Information Management.[7] It was in 1999 that he became the GAO's second in command.[7]

Awards and honors

In 1981 Dodaro received the GAO's Meritorious Service Award.[5] In 1989 he received the Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding individual performance in government.[6] In 2001 he became a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2003 was awarded the prestigious National Public Service Award conferred by that organization.[8]

Mr. Dodaro is also an alumnus of the Psi chapter of the national social fraternity Kappa Delta Rho at Lycoming College.


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