Path to Power
A native Washingtonian, Dawn is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A., and American University, where he earned an M.P.A. Dawn said he took great interest in the workings of government as an undergraduate and had the opportunity to work with a faculty adviser on a study about crime in secondary schools. The experience on the study, which was funded by a grant, "convinced me of the importance of empirical evidence to persuade and inform decision makers," Dawn said.
Dawn first came to the GAO as an analyst in 1979 after being recruited during campus interviews at American University, where he was a graduate student at the time.
Dawn works closely with the comptroller general and maintains extensive contacts with lawmakers, congressional leadership offices and congressional committees. Dawn also helps arrange for GAO witnesses at congressional committee hearings.
"With almost 30 years working in the legislative branch, I've developed a good understanding [of] how Congress works," Dawn said.