2014 Commencement Speaker
Gene L. Dodaro, a 1973 Lycoming College graduate and the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), will deliver the keynote address at Lycoming’s 166th commencement on Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m. on The Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Recreation Center.
“I am delighted that Gene Dodaro has accepted the college’s invitation to be the commencement speaker,” Lycoming President Kent Trachte said. “His career is an inspiration to all Lycoming students. Through intelligence, hard work and determination, he has risen to be one of the most influential people in the federal government. A person of great personal integrity and a loyal alumnus, Gene is also an outstanding role model for all of our students. Lycoming College is honored and excited that he will address the graduating class of 2014.”
As Comptroller General, Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual members of Congress. These and other GAO products have led to hearings and legislation, billions of dollars in taxpayer savings and improvements to a wide range of government programs and services. He was nominated for the position by President Obama in September 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 22, 2010. He had been serving as acting comptroller general since March 2008.
Dodaro has testified before Congress dozens of times on important national issues, including the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook, efforts to reduce and eliminate overlap and duplication across the federal government and GAO’s “High Risk List,” which focuses on specific challenges – from reducing improper payments under Medicare and Medicaid to improving the Pentagon’s business practices.
Dodaro has held a number of executive positions with the GAO, where he started his career in 1973. For nine years, he served as the chief operating officer, the number two leadership position at the agency, assisting the comptroller general in providing direction and vision for GAO’s diverse, multidisciplinary workforce. Dodaro led the development of GAO’s strategic plans for serving Congress and improving government in the 21st century.
Until 1999, Dodaro headed GAO’s Accounting and Information Management Division, the agency’s largest unit, which specialized in financial management, computer technology and budget issues. While there, he directed the first-ever audit of the comprehensive financial statements covering all federal departments and agencies. Dodaro also helped conceive GAO’s strategy for strengthening computer security government wide and led the updating of standards for internal controls in the federal government.
Dodaro is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Association of Government Accountants. He has received recognition from numerous outside organizations, including the American Society for Public Administration and the Institute for Internal Auditors.
Dodaro, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lycoming, received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2012 and Lycoming’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award. His family includes wife, Joan, and three adult children.