Skinner tapped for DHS inspector general job

President George W. Bush has nominated Richard L. Skinner, the Homeland Security Department's acting inspector general, to officially take the helm. The Senate must confirm the appointment.

Skinner has been the department's acting IG since Clark Kent Ervin's recess appointment expired on Dec. 8. The Senate had failed to act on Ervin's nomination. Congressional sources indicated that Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) had scotched Ervin's nomination because of her objections to his work when he was the State Department's IG.

Skinner's career as an IG and government auditor stretches back to 1968. Before joining DHS, he was acting IG at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, now also known as DHS' Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, between October 2002 and February 2003. He was FEMA's deputy inspector general from April 1996 to September 2002. Between June 1991 and March 1996, Skinner worked as the assistant inspector general for audits at FEMA.

Before that, Skinner worked in the IG offices of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the State, Commerce, Justice and Agriculture departments.

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