C. Dale Duvall, Commissioner,
Bureau of Reclamation, 1986-1989.
In a 1993 interview, Duvall related that he had been born and raised "practically in the shadow of the Grand Coulee Dam." Despite that immediacy, Duvall garnered little subsequent experience with water policy issues before his appointment as Commissioner. Duvall attended Eastern Washington College Education, Gonzaga University, and Kinman Business University. He entered the business world as a C.P.A. and partner in a Spokane accounting firm, 1965-1980. Duvall acted as Vice President and Treasurer of Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) from 1981 to 1986. Highlights of his term as Commissioner include the rehabilitation of the Salt River Project's Theodore Roosevelt Dam, an increased emphasis on dam operation and maintenance, and the 1987 88 reorganization of Reclamation. Duvall left Reclamation on July 6, 1989 to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs.