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Education Department IG to lead oversight of Recovery Act spending

Dec. 27, 2011 - 06:00AM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
Education Department Inspector General Kathleen Tighe
Education Department Inspector General Kathleen Tighe (Education Department)

The Education Department's inspector general is taking on additional duties to lead oversight of remaining stimulus spending authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kathleen Tighe will chair the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board starting next month, the White House announced Tuesday.

She replaces Earl Devaney, who is retiring Friday after leading the board since its creation in early 2009. Devaney has been credited with using online tools and other innovative techniques to minimize waste and abuse of hundreds of billions of dollars in Recovery Act spending.

In a news release, Vice President Biden said he is confident Tighe "will continue to hold the board to the high standards" set by Devaney.

Tighe, who will keep her job as Education Department IG, has been a recovery board member since April 2010. She will head the oversight panel as it winds down its activities in preparation for going out of business by a statutory deadline of Sept. 30, 2013.

"Ensuring that there is effective oversight, accountability and transparency involving Recovery Act dollars has been the hallmark of the board's work to date, and I intend to continue that critical mission," Tighe said.

A former Justice Department trial attorney, Tighe became the Education Department's top watchdog last year. Tighe previously served as deputy inspector general at the Agriculture Department and as general counsel at the General Services Administration's inspector general office.

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