Smithsonian Inspector General
Scott S. Dahl is the inspector general for the Smithsonian Institution. He has the full responsibilities of an IG as described in the Inspector General Act. His office conducts audits and investigations related to Smithsonian programs and operations; promotes efficiency and effectiveness within the Institution; prevents and detects cases of fraud, waste and abuse; makes recommendations regarding existing policies and regulations at the Smithsonian; and keeps Congress informed of his audits and investigations.
The Office of the Inspector General in the Smithsonian Institution is an independent unit within the Institution, reporting directly to the Smithsonian Board of Regents and Congress. Dahl was appointed by the Board of Regents.
Dahl previously was deputy IG at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He joined Commerce in October 2010; before that he was deputy IG for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2007–2010) and senior counsel to the IG at the Department of Justice (2003–2007). Dahl was also a corruption prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division of Justice (1997–2003) and a trial attorney in the Civil Fraud Section, Civil Division at Justice from 1992 to 1997.
For the past 20 years, Dahl has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching classes on professional responsibility and public corruption.
Dahl graduated in 1988 from the University of Texas law school and worked at the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter from 1989 to 1992.
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