Senate confirms Thorson as new SBA inspector general

The Senate Friday unanimously confirmed Eric Thorson to serve as the Small Business Administration's inspector general.

Thorson, nominated for the post by President Bush last June, currently serves as senior adviser for Investigative Operations and Agency Planning at the Office of Personnel Management.

Prior to joining OPM, Thorson held top staffing posts in the Senate, including chief investigator for the Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations.

'With his broad investigative experience and 20 years of private practice and federal government and congressional experience, Mr. Thorson brings an exceptional background to the SBA,' said agency administrator Hector Barreto.

Thorson received his bachelor's degree from the Air Force Academy.

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