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Robert Storch Confirmed as DOD Inspector General

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The Senate voted 92-3 Wednesday to confirm Robert Storch, inspector general at the National Security Agency, as IG of the Department of Defense.

President Joe Biden nominated Storch to the IG role at DOD in November 2021.

Storch assumed responsibilities as IG at NSA in January 2018 and has helped advance efforts to improve the transparency of the IG office’s work, such as establishing a public website and public release of unclassified versions of semiannual reports to Congress.

He was deputy IG at the Department of Justice and served as the first whistleblower ombudsperson at DOJ’s IG office.

He served for more than two decades as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. He also worked at law firms Covington and Burling and Bond, Schoeneck and King.

Defense News reported Storch’s confirmation marks the end of a nearly seven-year vacancy for a full-time IG at the Pentagon.

Sean O’Donnell, the Environmental Protection Agency’s current IG, has been serving as acting inspector general at DOD since April 2020.