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Robert Storch Becomes NSA Inspector General

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Robert Storch

The Senate has approved Robert Storch as the first presidentially-appointed inspector general for the National Security Agency.

He previously worked at the Justice Department‘s Office of the Inspector General in positions such as senior counsel to the IG and deputy IG, NSA said Dec. 22.

Storch also chaired the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Whistleblower Ombudsman Working Group and helped establish the Whistleblower Ombudsperson program.

His public-sector career has also included time as a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of New York, where he served as deputy criminal chief and counsel to the U.S. Attorney, as well as a DOJ resident legal adviser in Ukraine.

Nextgov reported that former President Barack Obama first nominated Storch for the NSA IG position in November last year, but the Senate failed to vote on his nomination before the elections took place.

The report said Storch was renominated by President Donald Trump in June.

NSA OIG monitors the agency’s compliance with law, regulation and policy; workforce management practices; and use of public resources.

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