Senate panel approves Dodaro nomination


Gene Dodaro’s nomination to become the next U.S. comptroller general got a green flag Tuesday from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which approved it on a unanimous voice vote.

The comptroller general runs the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress.  Dodaro, a 37-year GAO veteran, has held the job on an acting basis since March 2008; President Obama nominated him for a full 15-year term in September.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., said recently that that he hopes to win final Senate confirmation for Dodaro’s nomination before lawmakers end their lame-duck session.

“We in Congress are grateful for his non-partisan leadership at an agency whose fact-based audits and investigations deeply inform our work,” Lieberman said in a news release after Tuesday’s vote. Both he and the committee’s top Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, were part of a ten-member commission that recommended Dodaro to the White House.


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