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New DOL Acting Watchdog Is Career Official, Not Political Hire

June 22, 2020, 5:24 PM

Larry Turner, the deputy inspector general at the Labor Department since 2014, is now acting head of DOL’s independent watchdog office and the chief official reviewing the agency’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesman for the Office of Inspector General confirmed the move to Bloomberg Law, referencing Turner’s online bio, which states that he became the acting IG on Monday. His predecessor, Scott Dahl, exited the DOL on Sunday, after announcing earlier this month that he’d be retiring for “entirely personal reasons.”

Turner assumes the interim post as the Office of Inspector General is in the midst of multiple investigations of unemployment insurance fraud and audits of various DOL subagency responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The appointment of a career official to temporarily fill the vacancy contrasts with two recent Trump administration moves to install political appointees in acting IG roles at the State and Transportation departments to replace inspectors general who were sacked or forced out by the White House.

Before joining the DOL in 2014, Turner was a deputy and acting assistant inspector general overseeing a Defense Department subagency and deputy IG for the Army Installation Management Command.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Penn in Washington at bpenn@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Lauinger at jlauinger@bloomberglaw.com; Karl Hardy at khardy@bloomberglaw.com

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