Obama Announces DOJ Inspector General Nominee
By Channing Turner | July 31, 2011 5:09 pm

The White House announced on Friday the nomination of Michael E. Horowitz for the Department of Justice’s Inspector General post.

Horowitz is currently a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he focuses on white collar defense, international investigations and regulatory compliance.

Horowitz comes with more than a decade of experience as a top DOJ official and federal prosecutor. He worked from 1999 to 2002 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as chief of staff for the DOJ’s Criminal Division. Before that, Horowitz served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, overseeing the Public Corruption Unit from 1997 to 1999.

He also served as a commissioner for the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2009, and is a board member of the Ethics Resource Center, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.

He would replace the acting Inspector General Cynthia A. Schedar, who has held the position since January. Before her, Glenn A. Fine held the office for 10 years as President Bill Clinton’s appointee.

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