A Passing of the Gavel at the RATB

December 28, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Talk about a hard act to follow! Next year, Department of Education Inspector General Kathleen Tighe will take over as the chair of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board following current chair Earl Devaney’s retirement on Dec. 31.

Devaney has done an outstanding job heading the RATB since it was created in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Under his leadership, the board created two websites (Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov), developed the Recovery Operations Center and worked with federal agencies to help oversee grantee reporting on their Recovery Act funds. When Devaney spoke at a hearing a few months back on Capitol Hill, several congressmen could not praise him enough for his tremendous work over the years as the inspector general for the Department of the Interior and as RATB chair. Vice President Joe Biden said that Devaney will be “greatly missed.”

However, in naming Tighe as his replacement, Biden said he is “confident that she will continue to hold the board to the high standards set by Earl as the Recovery Act’s top watchdog.”

The RATB, which will terminate operations on Sept. 30, 2013, will continue its mission to prevent and detect waste, fraud and abuse of Recovery Act funds and collaborate with the Government Accountability and Transparency Board to ensure that the RATB’s data collection and transparency solutions are used more broadly across federal spending. The Obama Administration says that Tighe is “well positioned” to lead the RATB and also continue her work as ED Inspector General.

I agree that the RATB has taken on a monumental task and has done a great job to this point. I wish Tighe all the best in her new role as RATB chair, and hope that the transition will be smooth and seamless.

Do you have any parting words for Devaney and comments for Tighe? What is your opinion on the RATB? We’d like to hear from you.



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