Paul Martin, formerly of the Justice Department, is re-launching his career. Sort of.
Martin was confirmed by the Senate on Friday as the inspector general for NASA. Since 2003, Martin had been Justice’s deputy inspector general, serving under Inspector General Glenn Fine. The OIG investigates, among other things, allegations of fraud, abuse and integrity laws that govern DOJ employees, operations, grantees and contractors. (Click here for the OIG web page.)
In September, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Martin, who spent 13 years at the U.S. Sentencing Commission before joining the Justice Department.
“Glenn and my colleagues at the DOJ OIG are some of the brightest, hardest working, most dedicated public servants on the planet,” Martin said in a statement last month before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Martin described Fine as “the epitome of the kind of leader any Inspector General should strive to emulate.”
Martin says he’s looking forward to his new role, noting he has to get up to speed on all the space lingo. Martin starts at NASA on Nov. 30.