|On January 8, 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Robert Doar as the Administrator and Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS). Commissioner Doar is the former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the agency which has leadership responsibility for local welfare, food stamp, child support, and disability determination programs across the state.
As Chief Executive Officer of OTDA, Commissioner Doar was responsible for direction of the agency and the development of new policies strengthening and expanding the goals of welfare reform. Prior to his appointment in October 2003, he served as OTDA’s Executive Deputy Commissioner since May 2000.
Commissioner Doar previously served as the OTDA Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Child Support Enforcement from November 1995 to May 2000. In that role he implemented many changes to ensure the support of children by both parents. These included policies increasing child support collections, as well as launching an innovative social services program to foster responsible fatherhood. During his administration, child support collections increased from $600 million to more than $1 billion.
Commissioner Doar has received awards and commendations for his work in the field of human services, including the 2006 State Leader of Year Award of the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the 2005 Government Partner Award from the Supportive Housing Network of New York and the 2004 Group Commissioner’s Award conferred by the Administration of Children & Families of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Commissioner Doar holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Princeton University. He is the son of John Doar, a former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Justice under President John Kennedy.
Commissioner Doar and his wife, Sara, have four children.
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