Hon. Michael Horowitz

Inspector General, Dept of Justice

Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16, 2012, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Since April 2020, he has simultaneously led the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), a Committee of 22 federal Inspectors General that Congress created to oversee the over $5 trillion in federal pandemic- related emergency spending. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. Horowitz served as the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an organization comprised of all 75 federal Inspectors General. As the DOJ Inspector General, Mr.Horowitz oversees a nationwide workforce of more than 500 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. In his position as Chair of the PRAC, Mr. Horowitz oversees a team of nearly 50 employees that has developed a leading data analytics platform, created and run a pandemic fraud task force, and closely coordinated pandemic oversight efforts with federal Inspectors General, state and local oversight partners, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to becoming the DOJ Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz worked from 2002 to 2012 as a partner at law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. He also was a board member of the Ethics Resource Center and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In 2003, Mr. Horowitz was confirmed by the Senate to serve a six-year term as a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a part-time position.