Robert W. Cobb Takes Office as NASA Inspector General

Press Release From: NASA Office of Inspector General
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

Following nomination by President George Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Robert W. Cobb took office as NASA's Inspector General on April 22, 2002. In a formal ceremony in the NASA Administrator's office, Mr. Cobb was sworn in by the White House Counsel, Judge Alberto Gonzales.

Mr. Cobb was previously Associate Counsel to the President. In this role, he handled the administration of the White House ethics program under the supervision of the Counsel to the President and was responsible for administration of the conflict of interest and financial disclosure clearance processes for candidates for nomination to Senate-confirmed positions.

Prior to joining the Office of the Counsel to the President in January 2001, Mr. Cobb worked for almost nine years at the United States Office of Government Ethics. Prior to Government service, he worked for five years as an associate attorney at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver. Mr. Cobb is a 1986 graduate, cum laude, from George Washington University's National Law Center, and a 1982 graduate, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Since 1978, the NASA Office of Inspector General has worked to prevent and detect crime, fraud, waste, and abuse, and has assisted NASA management in pxYyting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Agency programs and operations. The Inspector General manages a staff of over 200 auditors, investigators, and analysts located at NASA Headquarters and all NASA Centers.

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