Smithsonian Names Scott S. Dahl as New Inspector General

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  • On January 15, 2012, Scott S. Dahl becomes the Smithsonian's new Inspector General. Scott was selected by the Regents, in consultation with the Secretary, and will report directly to the Board of Regents and the U.S. Congress. Dahl replaces Sprightley Ryan, who served as the Smithsonian's Inspector General from 2007 to 2010. As the Smithsonian's Inspector General, Dahl has the full responsibilities of an Inspector General as set out in the Inspector General Act. His office conducts audits and investigations related to Smithsonian programs and operations; promote efficiency and effectiveness within the Institution; prevent and detect cases of fraud, waste and abuse; make recommendations regarding existing policies and regulations at the Smithsonian; and keep Congress informed of his audits and investigations.
  • Previously, Dahl held positions as the Deputy Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Commerce (2010-2012), Inspector General for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2007-2010), senior counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Justice (2003-2007), 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. Dahl also has worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching classes on professional responsibility and public corruption for the past 20 years


  • Dahl, Scott S
  • Ryan, Sprightley
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • Board of Regents


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SI Email Announcements, "Smithsonian Names New Inspector General," 01/04/2012

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January 15, 2012


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