Robert P. Storch is the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Defense (DoD). He is the first DoD IG to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate since early 2016, and assumed his responsibilities at the DoD Office of Inspector General (OIG) in December 2022.
Before coming to the DoD OIG, Rob served for close to 5 years as the first presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed IG for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA), where he worked to enhance the impact, independence, and transparency of the office’s work. He also spent several years at the Department of Justice (DOJ) OIG, where he served as the Deputy IG and as the DOJ OIG’s first Whistleblower Ombudsperson, leading efforts related to whistleblower rights and protections that he continued to emphasize at the NSA OIG and now at the DoD OIG.
He has been active in the IG Community, currently serving as the Chair of the Technology Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and a member of the CIGIE Executive Council that helps set policy and direction for the organization. Additionally, Rob serves as a member of the Government‑wide Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which was statutorily established to provide oversight of pandemic-related spending, and as Chair of the PRAC Identity Fraud Reduction and Redress Working Group.
Following a Federal judicial clerkship in the Central District of California, Rob started his legal career at the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., before serving for some two dozen years as a Federal prosecutor at two U.S. Attorney’s Offices and, between them, the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division. He served as a Resident Legal Advisor for the DOJ in Ukraine and returned to provide technical assistance for the United States in the drafting and implementation of Ukraine’s anti-corruption legislation. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.