The White House on Friday moved to fill another vacant watchdog post, nominating Michael Horowitz for the position of Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ IG).
DOJ's Office of the Inspector General has operated without permanent leadership since former IG Glenn Fine retired in January.
Horowitz is now a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP. Before that he worked in DOJ's criminal division.
As we noted a few weeks back, the Obama Administration has yet to fill leadership vacancies at several key IG offices, including those for the Labor Department, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Troubled Asset Relief Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the intelligence community.
The State Department OIG has sailed a particularly long time without a captain at the helm. State has operated without a permanent IG since January 2008, a vacancy that's all the more troubling considering the Department's new oversight responsibilities in Iraq and its resistance to scrutiny from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
The White House nominated Roslyn Mazer to fill the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General vacancy in late July.
Mazer and Horowitz both await confirmation from the Senate.
Bryan Rahija edits POGO's blog.
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