The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes. Gene L. Dodaro became Acting Comptroller General of the United States on March 13, 2008, succeeding David M. Walker, who appointed him upon resigning. Hmm… David Walker resigned? Or was he forced out? If so, what did he say that was so bad? OK, seems like he was powerful and well respected. But what did he tell the public that may have got him kicked out of this position? Remember, he was appointed to a 15 year term… he’s not political… HE CAN’T BE FIRED. So someone really put the squeeze on him.