House Starts Search for Inspector General

Posted February 23, 2010 at 5:31pm

House leaders are looking for an Inspector General who is “decisive,” has “unquestioned ethical standards” and can maintain “effective working relationships with high ranking officials,” according to a recent job posting.

James Cornell, who held the position for five years, retired Jan. 2. As the House’s chief in-house auditor and investigator, he made sure the chamber’s financial business was in order and reported on any wrongdoings of Members or staffers. His investigations were rarely made public, but during his tenure, he discovered, among other things, that several “shared staffers” were improperly billing Members.

His replacement will have to be appointed by the Speaker, the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader “acting jointly,” according to House rules. But House leaders are apparently getting some help in finding potential candidates.

Recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International posted a “confidential position specification” on ignet.gov, the Web site of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Among the requirements for the job: recent experience as an IG or deputy IG, 10 years of relevant experience and a series of technical qualifications.

The posting also lists some desired “leadership/personal characteristics,” such as the “ability to work under pressure and make sound decisions with imperfect information.”