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Sopko new chief for Afghanistan reconstruction

Sopko new chief for Afghanistan reconstruction

May 24, 2012 - 11:02

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday appointed John F. Sopko as new Special Inspector General for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconstructioninfo-icon.

As Special Inspector General, he will investigate corruption allegations in the multibillion-dollar Afghanistan reconstruction effort. He has 30 years of experiences in investigative and oversight work.

Sopko is currently a partner at the Washington law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a position he has held since 2009.

He replaces Arnold Fields, a retired Marine major general, who resigned in January 2011 after a review by the Council of Inspectors General found that many of his office audits barely met minimum quality standards and Fields had not laid out a clear strategic vision.

In a statement, the White House said from 2007 to 2009, Sopko served as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Institute from 2005 to 2007, and Minority General Counsel and Chief of Investigations for the US House Select Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005.

From 1999 to 2003, Sopko held a number of posts at the US Department of Commerce, including Deputy Director of the National Technical Information Service, Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, and Chief Counsel for the Special Matters Unit at the Office of General Counsel.

From 1982 to 1997, Sopko was Deputy Chief Counsel at the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and from 1978 to 1982 he was Special Attorney at the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the US Department of Justice.



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