WASHINGTON - Harold Damelin, a Massachusetts native and Boston College "Double Eagle," has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Inspector General of the Small Business Administration, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business, announced today.

"I am always pleased to see a fellow Bay Stater, and Eagle, dedicate his energies toward public service, and Mr. Damelin is no exception," said Kerry on the Senate floor. "The role of Inspector General is unique, a position above the political fray and assigned by Congress to protect taxpayer money by ensuring that the laws within an agency are upheld and investigating abuses as they arise. This is no less true at the Small Business Administration, which has played a vital role in helping to develop and foster small businesses and small business initiatives for the past 50 years."

Harold Damelin was born in Malden, Mass., and attended Boston College and Boston College Law School. He was a member of the armed forces, serving as a 2nd Lieutenant after college and attaining the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves before being honorably discharged.

Damelin comes from the law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville in Washington, D.C., however prior to joining the firm he served in the public sector in the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Fraud Section, Governmental Fraud Branch and was the Senior Counsel to the Majority for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs' Special Investigation Committee.