Elizabeth Kearns

Director of Audit Execution, National Science Foundation

Elizabeth Kearns is the Director of Audit Execution for the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General (NSF OIG) Office of Audits. She currently leads a team of auditors and management analysts in conducting performance audits to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of NSF’s and awardees’ programs and operations. She has worked as a performance auditor for 19 years with NSF OIG. Elizabeth’s audits have resulted in NSF’s increased oversight of major facility construction and operations, NSF’s dissemination of research results, increased oversight over Government Owned Equipment and vehicles, and NSF’s and awardees’ improved accountability over federal funding. In addition, her team’s audits have resulted in returns and savings to the Government in the millions. All NSF OIG’s audit reports are available to the public at the following website https://www.nsf.gov/oig/reports/reviews.jsp#internal, including Elizabeth’s team. Elizabeth has bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Mary Washington College, an associate’s degree in accounting from Northern Virginia Community College, and is a graduate from Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellows program. She is a certified internal auditor and a certified public accountant. In her spare she likes to hike, kayak, and camp with her husband and two girls.