WASHINGTON—Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., Wednesday praised Gene Dodaro’s confirmation to be Comptroller General of the U.S., Government Accountability Office.  Dodaro’s nomination was agreed to by unanimous consent.

“Over almost 40 years of government service, Mr. Dodaro has proven himself to be an exemplary public servant,” Lieberman said.  “He has worked tirelessly to improve the performance and capacity of our government and his non-partisan leadership at the GAO has deeply informed and improved our work.  Having served as Acting Comptroller General for the past two years—and Chief Operating Officer for the nine years before that–Mr. Dodaro will have no learning curve and I look forward to working with him.”

Collins said: “Our nation desperately needs aggressive and independent oversight of the federal government.  We live in an era of historic deficits, crippling unemployment, and smaller budgets.  As the government tightens its belt, the GAO, which has been labeled ‘the American taxpayers’ best friend,’ must remain an unabashed advocate for the public and a protective steward of federal resources. As the recent elections made clear, the public is no longer willing to accept the status quo.  Americans want realistic solutions to problems and dependable leadership.    I congratulate Mr. Dodaro on his confirmation to be next Comptroller General of GAO and I urge him to look for specific ways to make our government more effective and accountable.”

Lieberman and Collins were members of a 10-member bipartisan, bicameral commission charged with recommending a Comptroller General to the White House.  Each endorsed Dodaro for the job.