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NSF IG Lerner to Become CIGIE Chairperson in January

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Allison Lerner
Allison Lerner Inspector General NSF

Allison Lerner, inspector general at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency starting Jan. 1st.

Federal IGs voted to appoint Lerner as successor to Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice IG who has led the council over the past five years, CIGIE said Tuesday. She has served as the council's vice chair since 2015 and helped spearhead its working groups that tackle suspension, debarment and research misconduct matters.

Lerner assumed her current position at NSF in April 2009 after her previous role as counsel in the Department of Commerce IG office. The nearly three-decade federal oversight professional was an associate at a Texas-based law firm before she joined the government.

She intends to appoint Mark Lee Greenblatt, the Department of the Interior IG, as vice chairperson of the council. Greenblatt previously served as the council's executive director and has more than 17 years of work experience within the departments of Commerce and Justice and the Senate Permanent Committee's investigations subcommittee.